Three Myths Debunked on Breast Augmentation for Future MothersPosted on April 21, 2008
Mothers-to-be or women who have not left out the possibility of becoming pregnant at a later time are almost always concerned about going under the knife for breast augmentation. They realize there are certain discomforts in the beginning, but what about the effects of their breasts during and after pregnancy? There are numerous misconceptions floating online about how women should avoid breast augmentation until after having children, but in reality there is nothing harmful that affects the body or the child during or after pregnancy. More importantly we feel the need to put women at ease by debunking the common myths associated with mothers and breast augmentation.
Breast Implants Do Not Prevent Breastfeeding
This is an effect that very rarely occurs and never stops production of milk in mothers who nurse their children. Should a potential candidate consider breast augmentation they will generally be asked if they are likely to become pregnant after the surgery. This gives the plastic surgeon a better idea about how to plan his surgical approach and implant location.
Implant Material Will Not Leak While Nursing
Many women are concerned with their breast implants tearing and possibly leaking saline or silicone in their breast milk, but it is purely unfounded. Breast implant shells are very durable and can withstand up to one hundred pounds of pressure. Even if the implants were to rupture, no research has shown silicone found in breast milk from a woman’s augmented breasts. In fact one study found that commercial formula contains more silicone than breast milk from a woman’s silicone gel implants.
Breastfeeding Does Not Cause Sagging Breasts with Implants
Every woman is concerned about her looks after pregnancy and many fall to the misconception that breastfeeding causes sagging in augmented breasts. Dr. Kim wants to remind his patients that women with breast implants will be able to breastfeed their young if they choose to, and feeding their infant will not lead to sagging.
A study presented to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that breast sagging experienced after childbirth results from changes to the body following pregnancy, not breastfeeding. Researchers evaluated changes in breast measurements of breast augmented mothers (57 participants) who breastfed and did not breastfeed (62 participants), taking measurements before and one year after pregnancy. Results showed that sagging was not significantly different in breast augmented patients who breastfed than those who did not breastfeed.
All in all, these myths can be put to rest and allow potential breast augmentation candidates to make a better decision before going under the knife. Whether they plan to conceive in the future or currently expecting, women can breastfeed their young without prevention, without worry of implant material mixing in with breastmilk or without worry of sagging after breastfeeding. Dr, Kim is a board certified plastic surgeon who can address a mother’s concern in breast appearance as well as breast function during and after pregnancy. Schedule a consultation with him and his staff today to learn more about breast augmentation.