August 3, 2017

Do Gummy Bears Affect Breastfeeding?

Since most of the women who get breast implants in New York are under 40 and in their childbearing years, this question is a legitimate one. After all, even if the patient’s current plans do not include young children, plans change. And, since Gummy Bears are among the safest and most natural-looking breast implants, they will probably never come out.

The effect mostly depends on the type of incision that Dr. Fiorillo uses.

Breastfeeding and Kinds of Incisions

Many times, Dr. Fiorillo recommends a periareolar mastopexy for women who do not want a significant size increase, have some issues with sagging, and also want minimal scarring. This popular technique effectively combines a breast lift with Gummy Bear implants. Dr. Fiorillo makes a small incision in the dark skin around the areola, thus reducing its size while implanting the Gummy Bear.

This outpatient procedure not only has less visible scarring, because the incision is on that darker skin, but also has a relatively brief recovery time. However, due to the location of the incision, breastfeeding can sometimes be an issue.

For inframammary breast augmentations, another common method, Dr. Fiorillo uses an incision along the fold of the breast to place the implant. This procedure has a number of benefits. The scar can be almost completely hidden by a bra or swimsuit, it is easier to do larger implants, and there are fewer complications, especially around the nipple.

It is difficult for Dr. Fiorillo, or any other cosmetic surgeon, to give the patient larger implants later if the patient is not satisfied with the size.

What to Know About Breastfeeding

The interplay between breastfeeding and breast implants is a big concern. Here are some additional guidelines:

Reason for Surgery: Do you want breast implants to feel more confident and to look better, or do you want the breast implants to address a genetic or other pre existing condition?
Time: As a rule of thumb, especially with regard to periareolar implant procedures, it takes about five years for the breastfeeding glands to completely regenerate.
Prior Pregnancies: The more children that a woman has had, the more milk she will produce in any future pregnancy.
Size Matters: Extremely large implants can place undue pressure on the milk glands, thus impeding production.

Dr. Fiorillo also strongly advises his breastfeeding patients to find a local support group that includes some women with special issues, such as implants.

At our New York clinic, we want to make you feel 100 percent comfortable about your breast implants. Contact us online or call us at 866-537-0954 to learn more.

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