What You Should Know About Breastfeeding With Breast Implants

If you are considering breast implants, one of the concerns you may have is how the implants will affect your ability to breastfeed. In a nutshell, the answer is not very much.

The Procedure

If you consider how this type of breast augmentation is done, it is easy to understand that the implants shouldn’t affect the actual function of the breast at all. A pocket, which is a space not naturally present, is made either behind the breast, behind the muscle, or some combination of both. This means the natural configuration of the nipple ducts gland is completely intact. Therefore the breasts’ ability to produce milk should be unchanged. Think of it this way, in either the submuscular or subglandular position, the implant is merely pushing or filling the breast out. The implant is behind the breast. It doesn’t sever any connections between nipple and gland and only comes into contact with the back of the breast. The implant simply pushes the breast outward and upward.

The Speculations

The only wrinkle here is that some approaches may be more invasive than others. A periareolar incision may actually necessitate disrupting some breast tissue, and there is the chance that milk production could be decreased. However, this is speculative as there is no real scientific data to support this claim.

Image of Breast Implant - Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD

Lastly, some patients worry if it is safe to breastfeed with implants in place after breast augmentation. The answer is absolutely, yes. As the above image shows, modern implants are very sturdy and your body makes a natural capsule of scar tissue around the implant. There is no communication between your implant and your breast, and ultimately your milk production goes on unchanged.

Rejuvenate Here, There, Everywhere

Image Of Happy Woman After Vaginal Rejuvenation - Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MDNot too long ago, vaginal rejuvenation was limited to labiaplasty, and not many surgeons offered the procedure. Today, with the advancement of laser technologies and surgical techniques, vaginal rejuvenation has become common in many practices.

So what can be accomplished with vaginal rejuvenation?

  • Surgical correction of elongation of the labia
  • Correction of clitoral holding​
  • Tightening of the external skin or labia​
  • Lightening of the external skin​
  • Tightening of the vaginal canal​
  • Restoration of vaginal mucosa, correction of dryness​
  • Improvement in urinary leakage

Surgical treatment is used on the external tissues. Frequently women experience elongation of the labia after childbirth, and some are born with an uneven or enlarged labia. Correction can often be done in the office under local anesthesia. Downtime lasts a couple of days.

For minimal wrinkling or elongation, the CO2RE Intima Laser can be used to tighten the skin and reduce wrinkling. Internally, the laser affects the mucosa to correct dryness, and works to tighten the vagina. Frequently, improvement is also seen with urinary leakage problems. The procedure is relatively painless, takes about 15 minutes, and is done in office. Three treatments four weeks apart are recommended. There is little to no downtime associated with the procedure.

The bottom line is that there are now simple and effective corrections for problems in a sensitive area that, in the past, a woman would just have to cope with. We are pleased to offer the vConfidence procedure, featuring the CO2RE Intima Laser, to our patients.