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Will I be Able to Breastfeed After a Breast Augmentation?

Scottsdale women undergo breast augmentation surgery at many different ages and stages in life. If you are a young Scottsdale woman who is planning on having children in the future, you may be wondering, “Will I be able to breastfeed after a breast augmentation?” That’s a great question and one that Dr. Meger has helped answer for many Scottsdale women in the past. Read on as Dr. Meger explains the correlation between breast augmentation and future breastfeeding, and call Dr. Meger if you have any follow-up questions.

Breast Implants Are Safe for Breastfeeding

The most important thing that Scottsdale women should know is that breast implants are safe for breastfeeding. There is nothing about having silicone or saline implants alone that will prevent a woman from breastfeeding, or make it unsafe to do so. However, the manner in which your breast augmentation surgery is performed may affect your future ability to breastfeed.

Most Women Will Be Able to Breastfeed After a Breast Augmentation Procedure.

The good news for Scottsdale women of childbearing age who are contemplating breast augmentation surgery is that most women who undergo a breast augmentation will be able to breastfeed in the future. The reason is that doctors like Dr. Meger take special care to ensure the right incisions and breast implant placements are made so as to not negatively impact milk production or ejection.

One of the primary factors that determine your future ability to breastfeed is the type of incision that is made to insert the breast implants. Dr. Meger performs three types of breast augmentation incisions on Scottsdale women:

  • An inframammary incision, in which an incision is made in the bottom crease of the breast fold. This incision type tends to not harm milk ducts or hinder milk production;
  • A transaxillary incision, in which an incision is made in the armpit, and the breast implant is placed through a channel to the breast tissue. Like the inframammary incision, this incision type does not tend to prevent a Scottsdale woman from breastfeeding in the future; and
  • A periareolar incision, in which an incision is made along the bottom curve of the areola, or the darker colored skin near the nipple. This incision type can cause damage to milk ducts, and is not recommended for women of childbearing age who plan to have or breastfeed children in the future.

Another aspect of breast augmentation surgery that can affect whether or not a Scottsdale woman can breastfeed in the future is where the breast implant is placed – in front of or behind the breast muscle. When a breast implant is placed in front of the breast muscle, it may put undue pressure on milk ducts, making it harder for breastfeeding mothers to produce milk.

I Have More Questions. How Can I Get Them Answered?

If you have more questions about breastfeeding and breast augmentation, the best thing you can do is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Meger to discuss all the possibilities with him. During your consultation, you will undergo a full evaluation and have plenty of time to talk to Dr. Meger about all your questions and concerns. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Meger today by calling (602) 957-6000.