If you’ve been thinking about breast surgery for a while, then you might have also been considering how this decision could affect your plans in the future especially when it comes to having a family.
For some of us, breastfeeding can be a huge part of becoming a mum so it’s really important for us to know whether this is still a possibility if you’ve had a breast enlargement. With this in mind, we caught up with our breast surgery specialist Mr Netri to get his expert advice on the topic of breastfeeding after having a boob job:
Yes, it is likely that you can breastfeed. It does not matter if you choose under or over the muscle as the implants will sit behind the breast tissue with usually no damage to the milk ducts.
Although the risk of not being able to breastfeed is small, it is still a possibility and one that you should take into consideration before deciding to have breast surgery.
There is a risk that your breasts and nipples after surgery can become either numb or more sensitive. Usually, the sensitivity comes back but it can take several months and there is still a small chance that won’t come back.
No, the typical pain associated with breastfeeding usually comes from the pressure when the milk fills the breast.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can change the appearance of the nipple-areola as it can stretch and become larger and darker and the nipples can become longer, bigger or inverted. As an option, nipple correction surgery can help to restore their appearance.
It depends if and how much the breasts have dropped. Usually pregnancies and breastfeeding cause loss of elasticity of skin and stretch marks and as a result of this, they can sag and you might wish to have a breast uplift.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the results of your surgery as you might experience loss of volume and elasticity, ptosis (sagging), and asymmetries.
No, if you are still happy with the results of your breast surgery.
I would normally advise my patients to not get pregnant in the first 6 months after the surgery so if you are currently trying for a baby, it might be wise to wait till after. This being said, there are no risks in getting pregnant even a week after surgery, but the result could be affected.
You should be able to breastfeed in both cases. Any risks will be discussed in your consultation, so you are aware of what is involved and can make a fully informed decision.
No, stretch marks are scars that appear when the skin is stretched too much or too quickly, so you are not going to have a higher risk because you had breast implants previously.
Expert Transform surgeon Mr Netri qualified in medicine in Rome in 2003 and then completed specialist training in plastic & reconstructive surgery, gaining certification in 2008. Mr Netri has also gained experience in a range of medical aesthetic treatments and minor surgical procedures.
Mr Netri has been granted ‘practising privileges’ to perform the following procedures for Transform:
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