The Truth Behind Breastfeeding and Implants

September 14 2015

As the number of breast augmentation procedures rises, so does the number of questions regarding the procedure. One of the most common questions our Atlanta breast augmentation patients have is whether or not they can breastfeed with their implants. In this blog post, our team of surgeons discusses the answer in detail.

Breastfeeding with Implants Is Safe

Every breast augmentation patient asks herself, what if my breast implant leaks or ruptures? Thanks to the latest advances in breast implant technology, modern implants are made safer and more durable than ever before. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, and in case of a rupture, the liquid is safely absorbed by the woman’s body, posing no threat to her or her baby. The latest silicone gel implants (“gummy bear” implants) have an outer shell that is exceptionally thick and durable for extra resistance to leaks or ruptures.

While breastfeeding with implants is safe, proper breastfeeding can depend on the incisions used to place the implants. Our surgeons will use one of two incision patterns. The first involves making an incision under the seam of the breast at the fold. Because the incision is placed close to the nipple, the milk ducts may be at risk, interfering with a woman’s ability to breastfeed. If you plan on nursing in the future, our surgeons may recommend making an incision under the armpit, away from the nipple and milk ducts.

Additional Considerations

For best results, our surgeons recommend women have breast augmentation only after they plan on not having any more children. A woman’s breast tissue and skin elasticity changes after pregnancy and nursing, affecting the shape and size of the breast. Once the breast size and shape are stabilized, our team of surgeons can design a surgical treatment plan to best achieve the patient’s cosmetic goals. Depending on the patient’s concerns, our surgeons may suggest breast augmentation and/or breast lift to improve the size, shape and position of the breasts.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about breast augmentation or breast lift, contact the Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists today. A member of our friendly medical staff will gladly answer all of your questions and concerns. Schedule a one-on-one consultation today by calling (404) 255-2975