Can you breastfeed if you have breast implants? – breast implants San Jose
Women of all ages may seek breast augmentation to achieve the graceful feminine curves they desire. From their early 20s to their late 40s and even beyond, we’ve seen many women decide that now is the time to get breast implants. For older women, we want you to know that it’s never too late!
Some younger women may have concerns about their ability to breastfeed later in life. Those seeking breast implants in their early 20s sometimes wonder if this will affect them once they’re ready to have kids. Do women need to wait until they’re done having kids to finally achieve the body of their dreams?
The good news is that most women with breast implants are able to successfully nurse an infant. There are a few considerations that you might want to take into account if you’re a young woman who wants to have kids one day.
When you have a breast augmentation, you have several choices of incisions. Although each has their own advantages and disadvantages, there are some differences when it comes to breastfeeding. The areolar incision, in which the implants are placed through an incision around the areola (the dark area around the nipple), does carry a risk of interfering with breastfeeding. Instead, you may want to choose an inframammary or axillary incision, which typically don’t cause problems with breastfeeding.
Women may choose between placing the implants above or below the chest muscles (pectoralis major). Placing the implant below the muscle helps to protect the breast tissue that produces milk, so if you’d like to breastfeed later, this is a better choice. When the implant is placed above the muscle, it’s right next to the milk glands and milk ducts, so it could have more impact on the ability to breastfeed. Women who want to preserve the ability to breastfeed may choose placement below the pectoral muscle.
Some women who naturally have very small breasts actually have a medical condition called mammary hypoplasia, or hypoplastic breasts. This means that the breast tissue never develops fully. Some women with mammary hypoplasia have normal-sized breasts, but they are made up entirely of fatty tissue without glandular tissue. Their breasts may have an abnormal tubular shape, instead of the healthy round shape. Women with mammary hypoplasia would have a very hard time breastfeeding even if they never got breast implants. Doctors still aren’t sure why some women have hypoplastic breasts.
Many women who have mammary hypoplasia seek breast implants, because they feel very self-conscious about their figures and want a more feminine shape. Although women with hypoplastic breasts who enhance their size and shape through breast augmentation may later mistakenly believe that the implants were responsible for their difficulties with breastfeeding, it was really the underlying condition that was the problem.
The expertise of your plastic surgeon
A major influence on your ability to breastfeed after having breast implants will be your plastic surgeon. Careful placement of the implants avoids damage to milk glands, milk ducts, and nerves. Any harm to these structures could interfere with breastfeeding later. It’s worth investing some time into finding a highly-skilled surgeon who will spend the time necessary to carefully place the implants while diligently protecting the breast tissue. This requires recognizing the individual needs of each patient, instead of following a “one size fits all” approach.
Dr. A.M. Yenikomshian (also known as “Dr. Yeni”) is one of the best plastic surgeons in San Jose. If you’re seeking breast implants in San Jose, and you’re a younger woman who may want to breastfeed your babies later in your life, you should consult with this skilled surgeon, who is chairman of the division of plastic surgery at Santa Teresa Hospital. Even if you’re not sure that you want kids, you might want to preserve your ability to breastfeed in case you decide that you do want them.