The Great Debate: To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed after Breast Augmentation?

Many women cite the studied health benefits and reported emotional bond they feel it creates between mother and child as the reason they chose to breastfeed. Others opt for formula because they feel breastfeeding will change the appearance of their breasts. Earlier this month the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that women with breast implants are increasingly concerned that their augmented breasts would change shape after breastfeeding.

A study surveyed 160 mothers who had breast implants. Eighty-six percent of the mothers chose not to breastfeed because they didn’t want their breasts to look bad, and 13% of the mothers in the study who did breastfeed their babies were concerned their breast shape would change because of breastfeeding. Although more research is necessary, doctors say breastfeeding should not be blamed for breast sagging in women with (or without) breast implants after pregnancy. Instead, they say breast sagging is more evident after each pregnancy whether or not the mother breastfeeds.

Therefore, whether you’ve had a breast augmentation, breast-fed or bottle-fed, you may notice increased sagging with each pregnancy. However, something can be done to correct the appearance of deflated, sagging breasts. If you’ve already had a breast enhancement and decide you’d like further refinement after the birth of a child, breast revision surgery is an option.

During breast revision surgery, Dr. David Whiteman removes the original breast implants, and depending on the patient’s desires, he can excise tissue and lift the breast to a more natural location or insert new breast implants for added volume. Mothers who do not have breast implants, but are bothered by sagging breasts after pregnancy can benefit from a breast lift procedure. Breast lift surgery can be performed with or without a breast implant to produce fuller breasts depending on the patient’s wishes.

Unfortunately less perky breasts are not the only complaint many women have about their bodies following pregnancy. It’s not always easy to get back to that pre-baby appearance, but mommy makeover surgery can help. Usually comprised of a breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction), along with tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, a mommy makeover procedure is custom-tailored to the mother’s specific needs. Aside from mommy makeover surgery, Dr. Whiteman maintains a focus on Health and Wellness at his Duluth plastic surgery practice and offers helpful exercise tips and healthy recipes to promote the long-term health of his patients (and their children)!

Grey’s Anatomy Features Teenage Gynecomastia Patient

All of you out there who are avid network TV watchers (like some of us are) may have seen last week’s episode of ABC’s long time hit Grey’s Anatomy, in which a young, 13 year old boy underwent male breast reduction surgery.  The character’s over-sized breasts were attributed to a condition known as gynecomastia.

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Effecting a large number of males (40-60% according to 2008 statistics), gynecomastia is the presence of excess fat or glandular tissue in the male breast causing an over-feminized appearance.  Though often exhibited in teenage boys that have recently gone through puberty (like the Grey’s character), the condition is attributed to numerous causes including:  spiked estrogen levels during puberty, taking certain medications, anabolic steroid use, and weight gain.

If gynecomastia is drug or weight induced, many plastic surgeons will first suggest adopting a healthier life style (i.e.- diet and exercise or stopping steroid use).  However, if this isn’t the case, a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. David Whiteman can remove the excess fat via liposuction and then surgically excise any remaining glandular tissue.  While this procedure is not complicated, usually taking about an hour to complete, male breast reduction results can be life changing.

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery or the other breast surgeries offered at Southern Plastic Surgery such as:  breast augmentation/ breast enhancement, breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast revision surgery visit our website or read our blog.

Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Nene Leakes’ Plastic Surgery


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Gwinnett’s own Dr. David Whiteman, founder of Southern Plastic Surgery, was showcased in    consultation with Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

What: Dr. David Whiteman performed the reality star’s rhinoplasty, breast lift (mastopexy), breast revision (breast implant removal and breast augmentation), and body contouring (liposuction) cosmetic procedures in April.

When: Whiteman performed Nene’s plastic surgeries in April and is seen during pre-surgery consultation video from Bravo’s Monday night episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Where: Nene Leakes stayed true to her Atlanta ties in choosing a local cosmetic surgeon.  Dr. David Whiteman operates out of Gwinnett Medical Center and has his Southern Plastic Surgery P.C. office in Duluth, GA.

Why: Dr. Whiteman suggested the cosmetic procedures to Nene after a thorough consultation in which the “housewife” expressed dislike of the back and chest pain caused by her large breast size, her large nostrils, and small amounts of excess fat around her mid section.

To learn more about how the breast augmentation, breast lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), and liposuction procedures, like Nene received, are performed visit Dr. Whiteman’s website or read his blog.