I am currently breastfeeding my 4 month old baby. I had saline implants placed under the muscle almost 7 years ago. One implant is deflated due to a leak (I assume.)I need both implants "fixed"(the other has slipped out or under the pocket.)Do I stop BF to get both done(replace w silicone), wait another year til I'm done BF to get them done, or just replace the broken one with another (under warranty?) which is most cost effective? I am planning on having more children but waiting about 4-5y
Breastfeeding with a Leaking Saline Implant - Replace with Silicone?
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Deflated leaking implant while nursing: Treatment options
I believe the health of your child comes first and nursing is important towards achieving that goal although some would say that this is most important for the frist 3 months. In my mind the leaking implant is not an issue. My advice: continue nursing unitl you feel you are done. If your one implant has deflated. When you are ready,deflate the other 2-3 weeks pior to surgery. Re-assess the shape of your breasts and I think you would do best with implant removal, submuscular placement of silicone implants and a lift. Take this advice for what it is worth.
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If I were you I would complete the breast-feeding process and then undergo revisionary breast augmentation surgery. This revisionary surgery may involve capsulorrhaphy (to repair the breast implant pocket on the side where the implant has slipped out), exchange to silicone gel implants and even mastopexy (breast lifting).
The breast lifting procedure may be beneficial because of breast position changes that you will notice after you have stopped breast-feeding.
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I would suggest finishing with the breast feeding. Then wait an appropriate amount of time and get the surgery done. Keep in contact with your plastic surgeon and together you can come up with an appropriate plan.
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It is your choice to decide when to stop breast feeding and when to have the revision surgery. You will have to wait at lest several months after stopping breast feeding.
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The quickest and my preferred method is to stop breast feeding then (3-6 months) to have both implants replaced/pocket repaired. However, you have to weigh how much breast feeding means to you. If you plan to continue breast feeding, you should wait to have the operation done. I do not recommend doing one at a time as that method is the most costly and least satisfactory as far as patient satisfaction.
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