One question we hear a lot is can you breast feed after having breast surgery. The answer is yes! Our team if international Plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform breast surgery without affecting the milk ducts, so it does not affect future breast feeding.
It is important to understand however, that It is important to note that many women with or without implants or previous plastic surgery on their breast, and have complications when producing enough mil for feeding or in breast feeding or the anatomy of the breasts.
Breast feeding with implants
In most cases, women who have undergone a standard breast augmentation procedure continue on to breastfeed without any complications. However, for a small percentage of women who do have complications they can be related to the incision of the implant, the brand of implants used or technique and skill of the surgeon who performed the procedure.
The periareolar (nipple) incision can compromise the ability to breastfeed, as this is where the nerves and milk ducts are located which could be damaged or severed during surgery. our surgeons only perform breast augmentation surgery in the incision under the breast or Endoscopic (under the armpit). An incision around the nipple is only performed with the breast lift, breast reduction or breast lift and implant procedure.
On rare occasions, having implants can pinch the milk ducts when breastfeeding causing a small block in the flow of breast milk, causing breasts to swell.
What incision is best?
There are three incision sites for a breast augmentation:
Under the breast crease (inframammary) – The incision is made just under the breast fold. This is the most commonly used site as the surgeon has a clearer view when placing the implant and the scar is easily hidden under the breast.
Armpit(Transaxillary) incision- where our surgeons perform an Endoscopic breast augmentation witht eh use of a camera – The incision is made in the crease of the armpit.
Nipple(Periareolar) incision – The implant incision is around the underside of the areola where it meets the edge of the breast skin. Although Nipple incisions can leave minimal scarring, this type of incision has increased risks of infection and can be the most dangerous in terms of damaging milk ducts, which can leave complications when breastfeeding. This is rarely performed due to the higher risk of complications for future breast feeding. Be sure to talk to your surgeon prior to the surgery to discuss the best options for your incision.
BREAST AUGMENTATION BEFORE CHILDREN
The majority of our patients have breast augmentation long before planning children or wait until after the have children. However, if you are planning on becoming pregnant after you have had breast surgery it is important to be patient and ensure you’ve had adequate healing time before pregnancy.
You must also be aware there will be changes to your body that will change the way your breasts will look that you may or may not like. The more breast tissue you have, the more likely some sagging of will occur and you will then need a breast lift and revision breast augmentation surgery after.
BREAST SURGERY AFTER CHILDREN AND BREASTFEEDING
About half of the ladies having breast surgery do so after the changes of child birth, weight gain and weight loss- and want their pre-pregnancy breasts back!
Please be aware you will need to wait 6 months after you finish breast-feeding for the milk to dry up. This ensures a standard recovery period after pregnancy so the body has time to stabilize and decrease chances of infection due to breast milk still being present and infecting the incision/breast.
There is also a good chance your breasts have more sagging than they did before, with the weight gain, increase in breast size, milk, and then weight loss. It is very common for women to need a breast lift and implants after breast- feeding depending on your individual needs. Please make sure you discuss with us at Cosmetic Holidays International and have one of our surgeons advice you on what will give you the best results.
Mothers who have breast surgery must be aware that post-op, they will not be able to pick up their children or any other heavy objects (that includes weight training). The standard recovery time is 4-6 weeks post-op.
OTHER PROCEDURES WITH BREAST IMPLANTS
Breast lift procedure:
This surgery raises and firms sagged breasts by removing excess skin and tissue while tightening the surrounding tissue. usually performed with implants giving the best results of volume in the upper poles of your chest. Implants are usually also used to give volume and shape in the upper poles of the breasts, and restoring shape, firmness , size and symmetry to the breasts.
We recommend this surgery to be performed after women have finished their child rearing years, as while many women have no problems with breast feeding after this procedure, there are greater risks for problems.
Breast reduction surgery:
This involves surgically removing the excess skin, fat, glandular tissue and skin to make breasts smaller, lighter, better shaped, and proportionate to the rest of the body. This procedure repositions the nipple correcting the position and size of the nipple as well as the breast tissue, and is performed together with a lift.
We recommend this procedure after women have children, as additional weight gain will cause changes to the results of the surgery, and breast feeding may be compromised.