Can I breast feed after a breast augmentation? That is one of the questions frequently asked by women wanting to undergo breast augmentation, who also wish to have children. In order to get the best results after breast augmentation, it is crucial to choose a highly skilled, experienced board certified plastic surgeon that can make the most suitable recommendations for you.
Can I Breast Feed After a Breast Augmentation?
Most women that undergo breast augmentation with implants can breastfeed, but there are some considerations. While breastfeeding is certainly possible after breast augmentation, there are no guarantees, because even women that don’t undergo breast augmentation sometimes have challenges breastfeeding.
Factors that affect breastfeeding after a breast augmentation
Women considering breast augmentation should be aware that some breast augmentation techniques can affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. The location of the incision and implant placement, can both impact breastfeeding after breast augmentation.
The periareolar technique involves making an incision around the areola, which is the dark pigment that surrounds the nipple. This incision can potentially damage the milk ducts and nerve endings, which will impact nipple function and breastfeeding. However, alternative incision techniques such as the inframammary incision (along the breast crease), or the transaxillary incision (in the armpits), do not affect the milk ducts.
Implants for breast augmentation may be placed below or above the pectoralis major muscle i.e. submuscular or subglandular. Subglandular placement is more likely to interfere with milk production in the breast glands.
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