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Breastfeeding After Breast Implants

Breast implants surgery can be a powerful experience for many women.

It is a great way to enhance the appearance of a woman body by increasing the size of breasts – while bringing it in proportion with the rest of body contours. In addition to physical benefits, emotional gratification of breast implants include increased self- esteem and body image approval.

When choosing breast enhancement surgery, a woman is selecting to have a breast implant for many years. However for those who plan to have a baby may be concerned about how they will nurse the baby after have breast augmentation.

Breastfeeding after breast implants surgery is absolutely possible, experts say.

Nonetheless the original state of the breasts prior to breast implants is very crucial in predicting how much milk a mother can produce after breast augmentation surgery.

While small-sized breast alone is not a risk factor for low milk production, certain breast types are known to carry low risk factors for insufficient glandular tissue. These cases are characterized by tubular-shaped breasts, widely spaced breasts, underdeveloped breasts, and asymmetrical breasts.

When small glandular tissue exists, milk production capacity is significantly lessened even before having breasts implants surgical procedure.

“Breast implants placement could affect ability to breastfeed,” experts say. 

The location, angle, orientation and extent of the incision have a profound effect on how much milk procedure. Many breast surgeons often attempt to minimize scarring in breast implants surgery to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the breast by making incision in inconspicuous areas, such as on the areola or underneath the breast.

An incision on or around the perimeter of the areola, especially in the lower, outer quadrant, will result in reduced nerve response to the nipple and areola, which, in turn, reduces milk production.

Whereas an incision placed under the armpit and an implant positioned under the chest muscle—away from the gland—will not have an effect on glandular tissue of breast, hence will not reduce milk production.

“If you avoid a nipple incision and instead put the implants under the breast crease – a procedure called an inframammary incision – or if you put the implants under the muscle of the chest wall, the majority of patients do not have a problem breast feeding,” Dr. Stephen Greenberg, a board certified plastic surgeon and the author of the book “A Little Nip, a Little Tuck”, told ABC News.

Can breast implants leak into baby’s milk?

Another skeptical notion women have about breast implants and breastfeeding is the potential for implants to leak and contaminate the breast milk.

According to Dr. Greenberg, these worries have been discarded in the past decade, since the inner-workings of implants have been reformulated and tested. Of the two available implants on the market – saline and silicone – neither pose a risk of leaking, he added.

Greenberg confirmed that implants now made from memory gel or cohesive gel don’t leak and instead stick together.

“People are concerned that their kids will be drinking silicone,” said Greenberg, who says that silicone implants, because they appear to be more natural, make up 80 percent of his surgeries. “But there are no worries whatsoever about leaking free silicone and having the child exposed.”

To learn more about breast implants Turkey, contact one of plastic surgeons in Istanbul.

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