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The decision to undergo cosmetic breast surgery is a significant one, with many factors to consider, especially for women who plan to have children in the future. Among the most common concerns is the ability to breastfeed after such procedures. Dr. Aviva Preminger, a renowned plastic surgeon in NYC, is committed to helping women understand their options and make informed decisions regarding breast surgery. With her expertise in various breast surgeries, Dr. Preminger offers valuable insights into breastfeeding post-surgery, aiming to address concerns and provide clarity on this important topic.

Understanding the Impact on Breastfeeding

The impact of cosmetic breast surgery on breastfeeding depends on several factors, including the type of surgery, the technique used, and the individual’s unique anatomy. Here are the most common procedures and their potential effects on breastfeeding:

  1. Breast Augmentation: Breast augmentation involves the insertion of implants to increase breast size. If the incisions are made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit, and the implants are placed under the pectoral muscle, there’s a lower risk of affecting milk production or ducts. However, the periareolar approach, which involves an incision around the nipple, may have a higher risk of impacting breastfeeding due to potential damage to milk ducts or nerves.
  2. Breast Reduction: Breast reduction surgery aims to remove excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the body. This procedure can potentially affect breastfeeding more than augmentation, as it may involve the removal of milk ducts or glands. The extent to which breastfeeding is affected can vary widely depending on the surgical technique and how much tissue is removed.
  3. Breast Lift (Mastopexy): A breast lift addresses sagging and improves the shape and position of the breasts. This procedure is less likely to interfere with breastfeeding, especially if no tissue is removed. However, as with augmentation, the incision pattern and technique play crucial roles in preserving breastfeeding capability.

Planning Surgery with Future Breastfeeding in Mind

For women considering breast surgery who wish to breastfeed in the future, Dr. Preminger emphasizes the importance of discussing these plans during the consultation. She tailors surgical techniques to preserve as much of the breast gland and ductal tissue as possible, as well as the nerves critical for milk production and ejection.

Tips for Successful Breastfeeding Post-Surgery

Dr. Preminger offers the following advice for women who are breastfeeding after cosmetic breast surgery:

  • Consult a Lactation Specialist: Working with a lactation specialist can provide strategies and support for successful breastfeeding, even after surgery.
  • Monitor Milk Supply: Be vigilant about monitoring your baby’s weight gain and milk intake, as some women may experience reduced milk supply.
  • Be Patient and Persistent: Breastfeeding can be challenging, and it may take time for both mother and baby to adjust, especially after breast surgery. Persistence is key.

Embracing Your Choices with Confidence

Dr. Aviva Preminger is dedicated to providing compassionate care and supporting women through their cosmetic surgery journeys and beyond. She understands the concerns surrounding breastfeeding after breast surgery and strives to offer solutions that align with her patients’ life stages and goals.

Choosing to undergo cosmetic breast surgery is deeply personal, and the potential impact on future breastfeeding is an important consideration. By choosing a skilled and empathetic surgeon like Dr. Preminger, women can feel confident in their decisions and empowered to enjoy both the aesthetic and functional benefits of their procedures.

If you’re contemplating breast surgery and have questions about breastfeeding or any other concerns, Dr. Preminger and her team in NYC are here to guide you with professional advice and personalized care. Contact us to schedule a consultation and explore how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals while respecting your future plans.

Posted on behalf of Preminger Plastic Surgery

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