Since many of our breast augmentation patients at Florida Plastic Surgery Group envision having children in the future, one of their primary concerns is how breast implants might impact their plans. In particular, many of these patients would like to breastfeed and are unsure how surgery might affect their ability to do so.
Some women, whether they have had breast augmentation or not, are simply not able to produce an adequate amount of milk to breastfeed. Many of these individuals are not aware of this before they have breast implants placed. This may lead to a misconception that breast implants have an effect on all women’s ability to breastfeed. While there is some risk to maintaining the ability to breastfeed when choosing certain breast surgery procedures, the truth is that most women will still be able to nurse their children as normal after breast augmentation, as long as they were able to breastfeed in the first place.
With some breast augmentation techniques, such as those that utilize a periareolar incision, there is a chance that milk ducts may be compromised. This same risk can be present for patients who undergo breast lift or breast reduction surgery. Conversely, the inframammary and transaxillary techniques allow your surgeon to perform breast augmentation without a significant chance of injuring the ducts that are necessary to provide breast milk. Ultimately, breast implants should not have an impact on one’s ability to breastfeed as long as the technique utilized is ideal for those who may be planning to nurse in the future.
Our experienced plastic surgeons are skilled with a range of breast implant placement techniques. During your consultation, our surgeon will talk with you about your plans and answer any questions you may have about breastfeeding after breast augmentation.