The Scoop on Breastfeeding After Breast Augmentation Surgery

by | Aug 28, 2014

The Scoop on Breastfeeding After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures procedures we perform as a Scottsdale plastic surgery center. Our patients are always well informed before undergoing plastic surgery and one of the top questions we get from breast augmentation patients is if breastfeeding after breast augmentation is possible.

The short answer is yes. With Phoenix, Arizona board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brown’s expertise, patients rarely have problems breast feeding after breast augmentation surgery. We do recommend that if you know you will be starting a family soon that you hold off on the breast augmentation during a Mommy Makeover after childbirth. If you decide to have your operation before having children, there are a few ways we can reduce the chance of damage to your milk ducts.

Submuscular implant

Implants can be placed above or below the breast muscle. Inserting a submuscular implant lowers the risk of affecting the milk duct. There’s other factors that will help you and Dr. Brown decide whether submuscular implants are the right choice for you. It’s important to bring all of your concerns and questions to Dr. Brown’s attention during your consultation so he can help make the best decision for your needs.

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Incision location

Breast implants can be inserted from 3 different incision locations. The periariolar incision, or incision around the nipple, can have the highest risk of affecting breastfeeding. You can consider having your incision placed underneath your breast (inframammary) or in the armpit (transaxillary). This will lessen the likelihood that the milk production or milk ducts could be compromised.

Related: Advancements in Breast Augmentation Surgery

It’s important to spend time with Dr. Brown before your procedure going over which options will be best for you and your desired results. Not all incision types, implant styles or implant placements will work for every patient. It’s also important to keep in mind that sometimes women will have issues with milk production even without a breast augmentation, and that there are ways to supplement breastfeeding.

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown to find out if breast augmentation before children is the right choice for you, call our Sun City or Scottsdale plastic surgery office at ​480-568-3804.