Can I Breastfeed After Breast Surgery?
Breast augmentation can do wonders for your self-esteem, but does the procedure affect the function of your breasts? Many women who want to get breast augmentation surgery wonder if having breast implants will prevent them from breastfeeding their babies to give them the healthiest possible start in life.
The good news is that in the vast majority of cases, breast implants do not impede a woman’s ability to nurture her babies with breastfeeding. In the hands of a capable cosmetic surgeon, breast augmentation surgery doesn’t typically affect the milk ducts or the areas of your breasts that play a role in producing breast milk. The most common locations for the incisions and the implants themselves leave the ducts intact, and still attached to the nipples. Also, modern breast implant materials are designed with the highest safety standards in mind, and should not leak.
Factors Affecting Your Ability to Breastfeed With Implants
The most important factors determining breastfeeding success after breast surgery include the placement of your incisions and implants, your reasons for wanting breast augmentation, and the surgeon who performs your procedure.
- Location of your incisions: The commonly accepted incisions for cosmetic breast enhancement patients are designed to preserve the major nerves and milk ducts, allowing you to produce milk normally. Patients sometimes question that periareolar incisions (curved along the bottom of the areola) impair breastfeeding. When performed properly, these incisions (along with the other types of incisions) do not impair breastfeeding.
- Implant placement: You have a choice of where to place your implants: on top of your chest muscles, or under them. The latter placement is better for women who plan to breastfeed. Implants located on top of the pectoral muscles can sometimes interfere with milk production.
- Reasons for seeking breast augmentation: If you have small breasts and want implants to attain a fuller silhouette, you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation, and should be able to breastfeed after surgery. However, some women opt for implants because their breast tissue never fully developed, or because their breasts are tubular or asymmetrical. If any of these describe your breasts, it’s possible you lack the natural glandular tissue that’s essential for producing breast milk.
- Your choice of surgeon: The final and most essential factor affecting your ability to successfully breastfeed is finding a qualified cosmetic surgeon. Board-certified surgeons like Dr. Brad Stephan who specialize in breast surgery can help you make the right choices when you get breast augmentation before having children. Start by letting Dr. Stephan know you are planning to breastfeed, and he will use his years of training and experience to provide you with natural-looking results that still allow you to have precious bonding time with your baby.
Surgical Expertise With a Personalized Touch
As one of the most qualified cosmetic surgeons in the Tampa area, Dr. Stephan founded his practice with the goal of providing each patient with results that exceed expectations. He does this by listening to his patients’ needs and desires and relying on his extensive educational background to tailor individualized surgical approaches. If you are dreaming of getting breast augmentation surgery, contact Stephan Surgical Arts to speak to a member of our caring staff about scheduling a confidential, face-to-face consultation.