Pregnancy, Breast Feeding and Breast Implants

Pregnancy, Breast Feeding and Breast Implants

Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed thousands of breast implant surgeries on women before and after pregnancy. Many women wonder the effect of breast implants, if any, on pregnancy and breastfeeding. about In this article Doctor Ali answers your questions about breast implants and pregnancy or breastfeeding.

No Breast Implants for Women who are Pregnant or Nursing

While it seems like “common sense” it is important to note that breast implant surgery should not be performed on a woman who is pregnant or nursing. However, women may get breast augmentation surgery before or after becoming pregnant and/or nursing.

Always ensure you are not pregnant before undergoing breast implants, taking a pregnancy test if there is any doubt or possibility that you may be carrying a child.

Breast Implants Before Becoming Pregnant

Some patients have asked us if having silicone gel breast implants could harm babies whose mothers became pregnant after getting breast augmentation.

We understand that nothing is more important to you than the health of your children! There is no evidence to shows that silicone breast implants have any harmful effects on children born to women with implants.

Two clinical studies in humans have found that there is NO increase in the risk of birth defects in children conceived and born after a women has had breast implant surgery.

Breast Implants Effect on Breast Feeding

In some women, there is a very small possibility that breast implant surgery might interfere with the ability to breastfeed. A very small percentage of women who have had breast augmentation surgery produce less milk, or are note able to produce milk at all. Some women with breast implants have also reported that breastfeeding is somewhat more painful after having breast implants.

In a study conducted on MemoryShape™ Breast Implants (the type of implant Dr. Ali uses), only four of the 44 breast augmentation patients who attempted to breast feed following breast implant surgery experienced difficulty. This means that 91% of the women in the study who attempted to breast feed after receiving breast implants had no difficulty.

The type of surgical technique used seems to have some effect on the likelihood of breastfeeding difficulties. For example, peri-areolar surgical approach (in which the surgeon uses an incision around the areola/nipple) has a slightly higher incidence of breastfeeding difficulties than other techniques.

Studies have also measured silicon levels in breast milk. Those studies did not indicate higher levels of silicon in breast milk from women with silicone gel breast implants when compared to women who did not have implants.

In fact, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) both have issued statements encouraging women with breast implants to breastfeed, stating that “Breastfeeding should be encouraged in all mothers when possible, including those with silicone breast implants.”

Top Detroit Breast Implant Doctor

Top surgeon Dr. Ali has provided breast implant surgery for thousands of satisfied patients across Oakland County. If you are considering breast implant surgery, he will be happy to offer you a consultation to answer any additional questions you may have.

Feel beautiful inside and out, with breast implant surgery. And remember, financing options are also available.

Breast Implant Consultation: 248-335-7200