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Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic procedures among women in Australia. This is largely due to its ability to help boost self-esteem and rejuvenate your overall appearance! Breast augmentation can help to alter and enhance the overall size and shape of the breasts, as well as correct and improve imperfections like asymmetry.

Many women who feel their breasts are too small or don’t fit their frame attractively can see improvements with breast implants by a qualified professional in Sydney.

Breast augmentation surgery can be performed on adult women of just about any age who are in good general health and can withstand the procedure. Breast surgery with implants is often very popular among women who are still in the child-bearing age, however. Many patients who are considering getting pregnant or breastfeeding can often worry about the implications of undergoing breast augmentation at their age. Thankfully, there are plenty of women who have no problem breastfeeding after breast augmentation.    

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, but still want to be able to breastfeed later in life, there are plenty of options you can consider to reduce your risk of complications! While there are risks of nerve damage or potentially blocking the milk ducts, a qualified surgeon can offer solutions to help you be able to comfortably breastfeed if you choose to later. 


What to Consider Before Breast Augmentation

The first step before any type of plastic surgery procedure should be to sit down for a consultation with a qualified professional. At some plastic surgery facilities, this could potentially run several hundred, but some high-quality offices will provide consultations for free.

Breast Implants

At Refine Clinic, we sit potential patients down with a consultant who can answer your questions and help you get acquainted with our facility and the various breast augmentation options. 

Typically, breast augmentation surgery can be achieved through two different methods: fat transfer and breast augmentation with breast implants.

Implants are typically the most popular option, as they provide the most noticeable results and help to achieve an altered shape and size more effectively. 

A fat transfer can be an excellent option for patients who want an alternative option. Some women opt for this because they want to avoid implant devices, extensive surgery or downtime or because they have excessive fat in another area they’d like to remove.

In either case, the procedure can be performed in such a way that the milk ducts and breast nerves are avoided as best as possible. However, patients who undergo a fat transfer typically have little to no risk of complications with breastfeeding. 


Choosing the Right Implant Placement

Ultimately, the way your implant is placed and where the incision is made can greatly impact your ability to breastfeed comfortably. There are various ways you can sit the implant in your breast, which may be determined by your aesthetic needs, available breast tissue or implant choice. Some options may heal faster and provide less risk, while others can produce a more natural shape but take longer to heal. The two common implant placements include: 

  • Sub-Glandular: This means the implant is placed above the chest muscles and beneath the breast tissue. This is not recommended for patients who wish to breastfeed later in life, as it could prevent the ducts from properly producing milk. 
  • Sub-Pectoral: With this method, the implant is placed beneath the tissue and the pectoralis muscle, above the ribs. This placement is often the most popular, due mostly in part to its ability to provide a more natural-looking result. It is also the best option for breastfeeding after breast augmentation and can have a reduced risk of capsular contracture.

Your ability to breastfeed following breast augmentation surgery can also depend on the incision type your surgeon makes. In general, incisions made around the nipple (called periareolar) can greatly increase your risk of nerve impairment and potentially make it harder to breastfeed.

The other options include transaxillary, which is made through the armpit, inframammary, which is made along the breast fold, and transumbilical, which is made near the belly button. The most common method of placing implants during breast augmentation surgery is transaxillary, but all of these options can reduce complications during breastfeeding.


Ultimately, many women go on to breastfeed after breast implants. Finding the right surgeon can make all the difference. Call Refine Cosmetic at (02) 8188 3775 to schedule a free consultation today! 

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