More Women Turning to Breast Augmentation in Indiana before Pregnancy

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Dr. Gus Galante notices a rise in the number of women opting for breast augmentation before pregnancy due to the advances in surgical techniques that increase the likelihood a patient can breast feed after giving birth.

Breast augmentation was among one of the top plastic surgery procedures women underwent in 2010. Now, Dr. Gus Galante, a plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation in Indiana, has noticed that fewer women are waiting until after childbearing to undergo breast augmentation. The trend, he says, shows that women are taking advantage of breast augmentation techniques that allow women to successfully breast feed after surgery.

Dr. Galante explains that "In the past, many plastic surgeons would advise women to wait until after having children to undergo breast augmentation because if the milk ducts or nerves are damaged, women could have trouble breast feeding after surgery. Fortunately, some breast augmentation techniques allow surgeons to augment the breasts while still preserving the function of the milk ducts and nerves."

Historically, women who had trouble breast feeding with breast implants in Indiana experienced problems because of damage to the nerves or milk ducts. There is a large cluster of nerves in the breast that is responsible for nipple sensation, among other things, and if the nerves are damaged the breast may not be able to produce as much milk or any milk at all. Nerve and milk duct damage are more common with breast reduction in Indiana, but can occur with augmentation in some cases. The surgical approach and the techniques used during the procedure can make a difference on a patient's ability to breast feed after augmentation.

Keeping the incisions away from the nipple can improve chances of successful breast feeding, Dr. Galante explains. "Although many women like the look of the periareolar, or around the nipple, incisions, they do increase the chances of the nerves being damaged, which means breast feeding may not be possible. In some cases the milk duct is divided during a periareolar-incision breast augmentation, which can limit a woman's ability to breast feed."

Dr. Galante recommends that if women plan on having children in the near future and want to breast feed, they should discuss this with their surgeon. A skilled surgeon can take every measure possible to ensure you retain breast function after surgery.

Dr. Galante explains, "If you decide that periareolar incisions are right for you, you should be aware that it can complicate breast feeding, but there is no guarantee you won't be able to breast feed. Many women experience little to no nerve damage or have nerve regrowth through the years. But it's always a good idea to choose a qualified plastic surgeon who has the skill to maximize the preservation of nipple function and sensation."

Dr. Galante also added that, "I don't find the trend of women having breast augmentation before pregnancy alarming or worrisome. It's simply a product of discussing all the options available to them. "

Dr. Gus Galante ( is a board-certified Indiana plastic surgeon providing a full spectrum of cosmetic enhancement procedures ranging from nonsurgical "injectable face lifts" to breast enhancements and complex combination plastic surgery procedures. After receiving his medical doctorate from Indiana University, Dr. Galante trained through general and plastic surgery residencies at the Loyola University Medical Center and completed an additional fellowship in aesthetic surgery and reconstructive breast surgery. Dr. Galante's offices are located in Schererville and Valparaiso, Indiana, and he serves patients from all over Northwest Indiana.


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