Last update: July 16, 2017
Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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After a surgery for augmentation mammoplasty there is a higher risk for lactation failure with a lower incidence of exclusive breastfeeding and an increased need of effective support among women who are carriers of breast implants.
Involved factors are many:
1- Lost of sensibility and erection capacity of the nipple and disruption of the neuro-endocrine reflex due to section of lateral and medial branches of the 4th-intercostal nerve or neural endings of the areola-nipple complex, depending on type of surgery, may decrease the milk production.
2- Pain of the breast due to pressure from the implant or contraction of the capsule.
3- Possibly, higher incidence of mammary hypoplasia among women with breast implants.
Rare complications are: galactorrhea that is usually treatable and transient, galactocele, prosthesis rotation, seroma and excessive inflammation in the post-natal period.
Injections with Polyacrylamide hydrogel that are used for augmentation of the breast volume have been discouraged in many countries, because they are too often related to complications while breastfeeding or not.
For more info about the effects of Silicone contained in breast implants on breastfeeding, see the specific comment under the term “Silicone”
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