How Does a Breast Augmentation Affect Breastfeeding?

Female With Hoop Earrings Wearing Mustard Yellow Thin Sheer Sports BraIn his practice, Dr. Costanzo meets many Westlake Village women of childbearing years who want to have a breast augmentation. Some of these women already have a child or children, but plan to add to their families through childbirth. Others are not yet mothers but think or know they would like to have children at some point in the future. A common question Dr. Costanzo receives from these potential plastic surgery candidates is, “How does a breast augmentation affect breastfeeding?”

It’s Perfectly Safe to Breastfeed After a Breast Augmentation

First things first. If you plan on having a breast augmentation now and breastfeeding in the future, you should know that it is perfectly safe to do so. There is nothing inherent about silicone or saline breast implants – whether they are placed above or behind the pectoral muscle – that make breastfeeding dangerous for your future baby or you. So rest assured, Westlake Village women who choose a breast augmentation now and decide to breastfeed in the future can absolutely do so safely.

If You Think You May Want to Breastfeed in the future, Avoid the Periareolar Incision

There are four breast augmentation incision types:

  • Inframammary, in which the incision is in the breast crease where the bottom of the breast meets the rib cage;
  • Periareolar, in which the incision is made around the natural coloration change of the breast mound and the areola;
  • Transaxillary, in which the incision is made in the armpit and a channel is created to move the breast implant to the breast site; and
  • Transumbilical, in which an incision is made in the belly button and a channel is created to move the breast implant up to the breast.

Women of childbearing age who plan to breastfeed, or think they might be interested in doing so in the future, should use an inframammary incision, rather than a periareolar incision because this incision is likely to cut through some of the milk ducts, which are needed by breastfeeding mothers in order to produce breast milk and move it from inside the breast to outside the nipple and into baby’s mouth

Talk to Dr. Costanzo About Your Family Planning Thoughts

If you are a Westlake Village woman of childbearing age, during your initial consultation, Dr. Costanzo will talk to you about your family planning thoughts and desires. This isn’t because he wants to intrude on such personal topics about your life, but because he wants to provide you with the best breast augmentation care and personalized treatment plan possible. Dr. Costanzo would suggest avoiding a periareolar incision for women of childbearing age who know or think they may want to breastfeed in the future, because he knows that choosing this incision type may make it difficult to breastfeed your future babies.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Costanzo Today

If you’re a Westlake Village woman who has more questions about breast augmentations and breastfeeding or just breast augmentations in general, the best thing you can do is schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Costanzo to have the procedure completely explained to you, have all your questions answered and to determine if you are an ideal candidate for this elective plastic surgery procedure.

To schedule a consultation today, call (805) 373-9919