Breast augmentation is a potentially life-changing procedure that can boost your look, comfort, and self-confidence. However, if you are a new mom or expect to have children in the future, you may be concerned about its potential impact on your ability to breastfeed. At Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona, our doctors are here to put your mind at ease with clear and concise details covering all aspects of your proposed procedure.
About Breast Augmentation
Over 300,000 women in the United States undergo breast augmentation each year, making it the most common type of cosmetic surgery in the country. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, the procedure can be used to achieve several goals, the most common being;
- Alter breast size,
- Compensate for lost volume,
- Correct asymmetry.
Breast augmentation does not correct severe drooping, which requires a breast lift instead. The breast implants used may be filled with a saline (a salt water solution) or a silicone gel. Your Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona surgeon will discuss the finer details of each option during your pre-treatment consultation.
Can You Breastfeed After Breast Surgery?
Before undergoing breast augmentation surgery, there are several questions that you may wish to ask, such as asking how soon you can return to work. For many women, the topic of future breastfeeding is a hot talking point. The good news is that it is very rare for the procedure to prevent women from breastfeeding.
Breast implants are primarily inserted behind the milk glands and do not impact the nipple or areola. As such, breast augmentation should not impact the ability to produce breast milk. However, the surgery can potentially impact the volume of milk that you can make during a day. Some women find that there is no impact whatsoever.
Crucially, there is no evidence to suggest that babies feeding from mothers with breast implants will encounter any health problems. Likewise, there is no suggestion that birth defects can be caused by having had a breast augmentation. In short, breast surgery should not impact your breastfeeding desires.
It should be noted, however, that breastfeeding can impact the shape and size of your breast. While the implant itself won’t be affected, it may be necessary for further augmentation once your child is no longer breastfeeding.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
While breast surgery is safe for women hoping to breastfeed in the future, it’s not the only key factor in the decision-making process. Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona’s team of highly skilled surgeons will discuss the benefits, risks, and costs associated with breast augmentation long before your treatment starts. Firstly, though, you need to know whether it is the right treatment for you.
Women that are most suited to breast augmentation procedures should be at least 18, have fully developed breasts, and feel physically healthy. Meanwhile, it is a procedure that should only be considered for your benefits rather than pressure from partners, employers, or anybody else.
Finally, while it is safe to breastfeed after breast augmentation, you should not undergo the treatment while pregnant or a new mom in the stage of breastfeeding.
Take the Next Step
If you are ready to learn more about breast augmentation, it is time to take the next step and schedule a consultation. Dr. Jamie Moenster at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona would love to meet with you and help you begin your journey. Fill out the form on this page or call our Tucson location at 520-207-3100 or our Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. We look forward to meeting you soon.