Breast Augmentation: Birth or After Giving Birth?


Will breast augmentation surgery affect breastfeeding? Is it safe to undergo breast augmentation before having children? These are some of the most common questions women have when they come in for a consultation.

What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape, or fullness of a woman's breasts. In breast augmentation using implants, silicone and saline options both have an outer silicone shell. However, the implants differ in material and consistency. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel — a thick, sticky fluid that feels almost like human fat. Most women feel that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They're inserted empty, and then filled once they're in place.

There are three different types of incisions that you can discuss during the initial consultation.

1. Periareoral incision is typically the most concealed. If you are planning to breastfeed in the future, you should discuss this option in details with your plastic surgeon. Since this incision involves cutting through the breast tissue, it might be recommend for you to proceed with other options available.

2. Inframammary incision is the most commonly used at the present time and is made below the breast fold. This incision is generally less concealed, but will not cause any problems during breastfeeding.

3. Transaxillary incision is made under the arm and used primarily to place unfilled saline breast implants.

Why Do Women Choose to Undergo Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Women usually experience a significant boost in self-esteem and positive feelings about their sexuality after undergoing breast enlargement. The 2013 statistics show that the largest percentage of breast augmentation procedures are performed on women in the 30 to 39 age group. Most 30 to 39-year-olds are in the middle of their motherhood years. Many lose breast volume after pregnancy and aren't happy with their breasts after major weight loss.

There is no way to get breast volume back naturally and no exercises or muscles can build them back up. So these women turn to implants to restore their original shape and size.

Will Breast Augmentation Surgery Affect Breastfeeding?
Breast implants do not interfere with a women’s ability to breastfeed, according to the research studies of Yale University School of Medicine. The implants are placed under the breast gland, which is located either above or under the pectoralis muscle. “There is no disruption of the breast gland or the milk ducts to the nipple,” says Dr. Adibfar, one of Toronto’s top board-certified plastic surgeons.

Why Breast Augmentation Surgery Is Such a Popular Procedure?
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgeries among women today. The concern of having children and breastfeeding becomes more important as women begin to review their breast enhancement options. When choosing your plastic surgeon, do your homework carefully. Read reviews from previous patients, look at before and after photos, and make sure your doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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Toronto Plastic Surgeon