Breast-feeding moms with breast implants can take comfort in a recent study. Preliminary findings indicate that breast-feeding does not cause sagging in breast-augmented women and that implants don’t interfere with a woman’s capacity to breast-feed, according to a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (San Diego, October, 2013).
The study measured changes after breast feeding in the breasts of augmented women versus changes in the breasts of non-augmented women and found that breast-feeding was not a significant risk factor for breast sagging. While the risk of sagging is essentially the same across both groups and an increase in sagging did occur, it did so due to pregnancy-related changes in hormone levels and were not due to nursing-related changes. The study indicated that in general implants do not increase the risk of sagging.
Additionally, according to Dr. Jeffrey Salomon at the Yale University School of Medicine, the placement of breast implants under the breast gland helps ensure there is no disruption to breast-feeding and ensures they do not interfere with a women’s ability to breast-feed.
Dr. Shahram Salemy, board-certified plastic surgeon in Seattle, however, reiterates that the study is still a preliminary one and it is important to understand that whether a woman does or does not have implants, the risk of sagging is basically the same. Having children can change the shape of breasts, though breastfeeding with implants probably will not change the shape of breasts any more so than breast-feeding without implants. Most importantly, as with every cosmetic surgery procedure, it is vital that patients meet with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss all of their options in detail.
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