Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery?

breastfeeding after breast augmentationBreast augmentation remains the most requested cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK; as well as older women who may have seen changes to their breasts over time or as the result of pregnancy or weight fluctuations, this op is very popular with younger women who may have always been dissatisfied with their breast size and shape.

Often though, this younger demographic has not yet started or completed their family and a common concern at my Warwickshire breast augmentation clinic is whether they will be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery.

However, a study published in December’s issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that a high percentage of women who have undergone breast implant surgery can still breastfeed afterwards.

As Dr Sandra Filiciani, lead author of the study and chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery at a leading hospital in Argentina, explains: “We compared the habit of breastfeeding in 100 women with and 100 women without breast implants. Our research discovered that after one month, 93% of the women with a breast implant can successfully breastfeed their babies.”
Factors that could affect your ability to breastfeed

The choice of incision and implant placement are often thought to be factors in the patient’s future ability to breastfeed. Placing the implant under the muscle and the periareolar incision are considered by some to increase the risk of interfering with the milk ducts but,
interestingly, the Argentinian study found little differences between the different incisions employed, whether submammary or periareolar.

There are some changes that can take place that can make breastfeeding more difficult, such as increased nipple sensitivity, increased engorgement or a decrease in milk production that might mean you require additional supplementation. However, with the correct help and support most women can breastfeed successfully after breast implant surgery.

It is important to take into account that not all women can breastfeed whether they undergo breast implant surgery or not. Another factor that might have a more significant impact on your decision-making process is the changes that can occur to your breasts during pregnancy and you may wish to delay surgery until after you’ve completed your family.

During your breast augmentation consultation, we will discuss all possible risks or complications and I can provide you with the information you need to make the decision to proceed at this point or to wait until later.

Could a facelift rejuvenate your career?

facelift benefitsIt’s no surprise that the beautiful people of Hollywood feel that they have to undergo facial rejuvenation surgery to keep themselves at the top of their game, but increasingly women and men working in the corporate world are deciding that plastic surgery could be a worthwhile investment of time and money.

Now, a recent study published in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal proves that going under the knife can make you look younger, healthier and more successful in the eyes of others. An online survey asked hundreds of people to evaluate pictures of women on the criteria of age, attractiveness, success and health, without indicating which ones had undergone a facelift.

Researchers from John Hopkins University in the US found that successful facial rejuvenation surgery wiped four years off their age on average, increased perceived attractiveness and healthiness by 18% and 16% respectively. They also felt that the women looked more successful after a facelift.

The halo effect of a facelift

Facial rejuvenation surgery such as a facelift has what is called a ‘halo effect’. Attractive individuals are considered to be happier, more successful and even more trustworthy and these positive assumptions actually lead us to treat them better. Numerous studies have linked physical attractiveness to success in the workplace with more attractive employees more likely to be hired, more often promoted and paid more than their less fortunate peers.

Dr Lisa Ishii, the co-author of March’s study, explains that this is the first one to “measure the impact [of a facelift] in an objective way that patients can relate to when they are considering whether or not the procedure is worth it to them”.

How can a facial rejuvenation surgery make you look younger and more dynamic

There are a whole host of changes in the face that take place over time and which combine to make you look and feel older and more tired that you actually are. A facelift can address some of these problems, but in my facial rejuvenation consultations at my Leamington cosmetic surgery clinic we will assess all the ageing concerns you may have and then I can advise you on which procedure or combination of treatments is best for you.

The upper third of the face: as we age, facial tissues start to sag and on the brow, even just a few milimetres of drooping can have a pronounced effect on the face, making you look tired and, in particular, causing the upper eyelids to appear even more hooded. A combination of Botox and a lateral browlift can have a dramatic rejuvenating result. If the loss of elasticity is purely located on the upper and/or lower eyelids, a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift would be the answer, whilst a lateral browlift can be combined to good effect with upper blepharoplasty when both the brow and the eyelid are slack.

Dynamic wrinkles caused by the action of the muscles beneath the skin are mainly located in the upper third of the face. These will not be improved by a surgical procedure, but crow’s feet and frown lines respond very well to Botox.

The mid face: as well as sagging skin and facial muscles, loss of volume in the mid face, is a key ageing giveaway. As well as the cheeks looking flatter and more sunken, it can emphasise the tear trough area under the eye and create folds around the nose and mouth. A conventional facelift, often combined blepharoplasty, sometimes with dermal fillers or fat transfer, can be a highly successful and effective solution to ageing in the mid face.

The lower third: as volume is lost and facial tissues lose elasticity, the jawline and neck area start to look less taut and defined, giving rise to tell-tale jowls and loose, creased skin in the neck. A lower face/necklift can greatly improve the lower third of the face and neck, making you appear younger and more dynamic.

Done well and for the right reasons, facial rejuvenation surgery can help patients feel more self-confident and make them appear more vital and refreshed in an increasingly competitive job market.