Breast augmentations are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, which isn’t going to change anytime soon. More women are considering implants at a younger age, but a frequent question for many patients is: If I get implants can I still breast feed? We discuss this issue in Palm Harbor, FL, with patients often.
There are a number of factors that affect whether or not you will be able to breast feed after implants. In rare cases, areola incisions can reduce nerve responses in the nipples, inhibiting milk production. Choosing an incision under the breast can resolve this. Also, choosing to place your implant beneath the muscle instead of above it can increase your chances of nursing, since the implant won’t be pressing on glandular tissue and possibly decrease milk flow.
Most surgeons agree that if you could nurse before implants, you can most likely nurse with them. If you have never nursed before, your breast tissue can be a good gauge of possible milk production. Women with less glandular tissue to begin with have a greater risk of not being able to breast feed, implants or not.
With most surgical procedures, breast implant surgery produces some scarring. Although rare, there could be scarring that could impair a woman’s ability to breastfeed. For women that want to ensure they can nurse their future children, it is advised that they finish having children before undergoing breast implant surgery.
If you are interested in breast augmentation, contact us today!