The debate has been on for many years. Is breastfeeding affected after going for a breast implant surgery? Opinions have been different. Some people have claimed that it is not possible while others believe that even though it is possible, it is dangerous and the milk will be contaminated. Such claims can be very alarming and can cause a lot of worry. If you have avoided getting an augmentation done because of this reason, then this post is for you.
There are three different areas where the implants can be inserted and their effects will vary. The first area is under the pectoralis muscle. When implants are placed under the muscle, they are not obvious or visible under the skin as is the case when they are in the breast tissue, especially if you have insufficient breast tissue. The implant can also be completely or partially under the muscle. You can have it placed within the breast tissue. The other option is to have it inserted under the breast tissue but above the chest muscle.
Each of the options has its pros and cons and it is important to choose wisely after considering the repercussions. Of all these options, the one that can affect breastfeeding is where the implant is placed in the breast tissue and especially in the periareolar region. It may interfere with the lactation system. Another thing that could affect breastfeeding is the location of the incision. An incision made on the areola can sever the milk ducts and the nerves, thus affecting the ability to produce milk for a baby.
It is important to communicate your desire to have children in the future to your surgeon. This information will help to make a decision that will preserve your ability to breastfeed in the future. One of the decisions includes where to locate the incision. It is advisable to have the incision in the armpit or on the lower side of the breast where it can be hidden.
Having implants can however reduce the quantity of milk produced during breastfeeding as studies have shown. Therefore you can still get a breast implant surgery done and not have to worry about breastfeeding.
One of the major challenges with this procedure is that its results will not last for a lifetime. Most women who get breast implants will need a review surgery after ten years. You may choose to have the implant removed altogether. The longer you have the implants, the higher your chances of requiring another surgery. On the other hand, getting a breast implants surgery does not mean that your look will be permanent. The effects of age and gravity on your body will still be experienced.
There are incidences where the implant collapses and the contents spilled into the body. Saline filled implants are usually the safest since the saline water which is sterile, will be reabsorbed into the body. Silicone implants may not be so safe although they give a natural feel to the breast.
The decision to go under the muscle can present risks especially associated with damage to the pectoralis and the other organs below this muscle such as the heart and lungs. Just get all your facts and risks right so that you know what you are getting involved in.