Posted March 23, 2016 in Blog
Have you put off your own plans for breast augmentation because you’re afraid that getting breast implants might jeopardize your ability to breastfeed? We have some encouraging news for you.
A recent study published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal showed no statistically significant difference in the incidence of lactation problems between breast augmentation patients and the general population. This helps to dispel a long-held misconception that women with breast implants have a harder time breastfeeding.
Over the 10-year span of this study, only 10 – 17% of patients reported problems with breastfeeding following their procedures—that’s the same level of occurrence found among women who have never had breast augmentation.
MORE GOOD NEWS REVEALED BY THE STUDY:
- Following their recovery, participating patients experienced little to no degradation in nipple sensation after getting breast implants.
- Breastfeeding following breast augmentation had no significant impact on breast implant shape or position in participants evaluated up to 8 years after surgery.
- Implant placement technique (inframammary vs. periareolar) appears to have little impact on a woman’s ability to breastfeed following surgery.
One aspect of this study you should not overlook is that all 4,600 patients who participated had their surgery performed by an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon. This serves as a reminder that one of the best ways to minimize the risk of adverse breast augmentation side effects is to choose an experienced, qualified plastic surgeon for your procedure.
And while it is always reassuring when scientific evidence helps to confirm the long-term safety of breast implants, remember that the risks and benefits of any surgery should be weighed on an individual basis. Make sure you discuss your medical history, as well as any questions and concerns you have, with your plastic surgeon, who will help you decide whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation in Atlanta.
If you’ve been considering breast implants and are wondering, “can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?” Then please contact us! Dr. Brothers will be happy to discuss your concerns and help you understand your options at a personal consultation.