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Implants and Breastfeeding

Many women that are seeking breast surgery are stopped by the fear of possible lactation violations after the surgery. Breast reconstruction is a complex operation, but if the operation is performed properly it does not affect the ability of women to perform breastfeeding.

Safety of breastfeeding with implants

Implants and breastfeeding photo 1 When inserting the implant, the glands responsible for the production of milk are not involved in any way. The implant is inserted under the muscle and glands and does not interfere with the process of lactation. The material used for the manufacturing of implants is completely biocompatible.

A feature of the body is the separation of any foreign objects by forming a protective sheath. When introducing the silicone, the body defenses form the capsule around it, which protects the systemic circulation from the foreign object. Thus, the foreign object is completely shielded from functional glands responsible for milk production. These walls have a high durability, therefore the mother should not fear for rupture and silicone leakage.

Caution should be advised regarding the seams that remain after surgery. The physician takes into account a woman's desire to perform breastfeeding in the future during the consultation. If a woman is planning a child, the incision is made under the breast or in the armpit. In other cases, the incision can be made in the area of the nipple areola. This method is less desirable because it may have a side effect of nerve atrophy and this will cause difficulty during the lactation.

How to prepare for feeding

First of all you should adhere to the general guidelines, which are designed for all women.

General recommendations:

  • Treat your nipples with a special cream in order to make the skin hydrated and elastic. Avoid soap on your nipples in order to prevent overdrying;
  • You should choose comfortable underwear made of soft materials. The uplift should not compress the breasts. You should buy a model with wide straps so that they do not dig into the skin of the shoulders;
  • You should undertake air baths. You should walk without clothes and underwear around the house for 20 minutes every day; it will reduce the sensitivity of the nipples and prepare them for breastfeeding.

Implants and breastfeeding photo 2 It is important to discuss all questions related to the breastfeeding before surgery. The doctor will examine your breast and will be able to exclude the likelihood of complications related to the breastfeeding. You'll also get recommendations for further care and characteristics of lactation after the plasty.

Aspects of breastfeeding with implants

The first operation should be done in a good clinic by the trusted surgeon. Only high-quality materials should be used for the operation. Only in this case you may not fear for your health and health of your baby during feeding and after it. It is not allowed to plan pregnancy earlier than a year after the operation, since the breast tissues are restored completely only after this period. You should watch out for your feelings, if you feel pain during lactation or the gland is strongly deformed you should report these symptoms to the doctor.

If you have no milk or if it is not being produced in sufficient quantities, it can be the result of the natural behavior of the organism during the breastfeeding. Lactation crisis may occur regardless of the implants presence in the mammary gland.

Breast plastic surgery after feeding

Often, the correction of the form and size of mammary glands may be necessary at the end of the lactation period. The skin and muscles are stretched under the influence of hormonal changes and weight jumps. It is not possible to return the previous tone to the tissues by the organism’s own resources, and that is why the surgeons offer several ways of correction. Existing implant may be replaced by a new one of a larger size, and this will compensate the voids formed during stretching of the tissues.

The breast lifting by means of the excision of the breast can be carried out as well. If the tissues change their shape, size or position of the nipple in the process of feeding or as a result of the omission, the correction of its areola can be performed.

You will be able to avoid any problems and preserve the beauty of the breast after breastfeeding due to proper care and detailed consultation of the surgeon before the operation and planning of pregnancy.

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