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Does Breast Augmentation Surgery Prevent Future Breastfeeding?

Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 12:03 PM
posted by Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones

Breast augmentation is a popular type of cosmetic surgery that can be used to change the size and shape of the breasts. Everyday, women with naturally small breasts elect to have them enlarged to make them more proportionate to the rest of their bodies, increase their confidence and enhance their overall appearance. Many women who have chosen to have this procedure find that shopping for clothes and wearing clothes, bathing suits and lingerie is a lot more fun and satisfying.

If you are like many women considering breast augmentation surgery, you may be wondering if breast augmentation surgery will prevent the opportunity to breastfeed in the future. The answer is that it depends on the type of surgery you have. However, most breast augmentation surgery approaches used today are compatible with breastfeeding. Breast augmentation surgery that involves an incision made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit typically does not cause a problem with breastfeeding. Surgery that involves a “smile” incision around the areola increases the risk of having breastfeeding problems. You will not really know the affect of the surgery on your milk supply until you attempt to breastfeed. If you still have full sensitivity in your nipples, you have a much better chance of having a full milk supply.

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery and want to increase your chances of being able to breastfeed in the future, you should discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon, before the procedure. He or she can then discuss the different surgical methods that can be used to achieve your goals.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.

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