Breast Implants

Breast Implants and Nursing: What You Need to Know

Breast Implants

Many women don’t realize that having breast implants generally shouldn’t impede their ability to breastfeed. This is good news for ladies who are hoping to plan for a breast augmentation as well as starting a family, as it means that nursing a baby can still be a part of their future plans.

Implant Placement and Incision Type

Women with the capacity to breastfeed before breast augmentation should continue to be able to nurse after getting breast implants. As long as the appropriate precautions are taken, implants shouldn’t interfere with the milk ducts, milk-producing glands or the nipple.

To preserve the ability to breastfeed, the most important factors are the placement of the implant, incision type and surgical skill. Placing the implants below the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) is recommended. If your surgeon uses a periareolar incision, the milk ducts should be spread rather than severed.

Breast Implant Safety

Another common question regarding breastfeeding with implants is the safety of breast implants. You can rest assured that you shouldn’t be exposing your baby to any risks if you nurse after getting breast implants. The durable, long-lasting devices have met a number of extensive safety standards and have been the subject of three decades worth of rigorous testing.

Breast Revision Surgery

While breast implants shouldn’t prevent you from nursing, the process of nursing can affect the breasts. Breastfeeding may result in the loss of volume or cause breasts to sag or change in shape. Many women choose to have a revision procedure once they have finished nursing. A breast lift combined with an updated augmentation can rejuvenate the position, size and shape of the breasts. Consult with a cosmetic surgeon who has considerable experience performing breast enhancement procedure for optimal results.

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