SOURCE: Christopher Chung, M.D.

Christopher Chung, M.D.

July 16, 2015 10:01 ET

Corona Plastic Surgeon Reveals Pregnancy's Effect on Plastic Surgery Results

Dr. Christopher Chung of Renaissance Aesthetic Surgery Discusses How the Childbearing Process Can Affect, or Be Affected by, Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck Surgery

CORONA, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2015) - Pregnancy and childbirth cause a number of physical changes in the body. Dr. Christopher Chung, a plastic surgeon in Corona, reveals that many women are concerned with how these effects could alter the results of plastic surgery, particularly with tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). He also explains that, in his experience, young women often ask whether breast augmentation could limit the ability to breastfeed should they choose to have children. Dr. Chung says clarifying how plastic surgery can affect the reproductive process, as well as how reproduction can affect the results of plastic surgery, is an important part of helping patients make an informed decision about their treatment.

A commonly held misconception is that breast augmentation can lead to difficulty with breastfeeding, Dr. Chung states. Part of the reason for this mistaken belief, he suggests, is that many women who have trouble lactating after breast surgery may have had a preexisting condition that contributed to their issue. He says there are a number of anatomical obstacles that can reduce breastfeeding capability, including minimal glandular tissue, asymmetrical breasts, and widely spaced breasts. He also notes that, in many cases, these indicators may be the reason for undergoing aesthetic enhancement in the first place. Dr. Chung emphasizes that if a woman has the ability to produce milk prior to the surgery, she should still have that capability following the procedure.

While breast augmentation is a commonly performed procedure both before and after having children, Dr. Chung explains that abdominoplasty, often referred to as tummy tuck surgery, can help women regain their pre-pregnancy shape following childbirth. He says patients typically will want to wait until after they have completed their families before undergoing this procedure to ensure the longest-lasting results. However, he emphasizes that women can still have children following tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgery. Concerns such as excess skin and loose abdominal muscles could recur should the individual choose to have another child, he says, and then she may wish to repeat the procedure to address these effects.

Since the childbearing years last for most of a woman's life, how pregnancy and childbirth affect plastic surgery results and how plastic surgery affects fertility can be important subjects for many female patients, Dr. Chung explains. Ultimately, he advises women researching these topics to discuss their questions and concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon before making a final decision regarding their cosmetic goals.

About Christopher Chung, M.D.

Dr. Chung is a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Corona, Riverside, and Murrieta, California area. A Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He has received numerous awards and accolades for his work and community service, including the Patients' Choice Award three years in a row and the United States Special Congressional Recognition. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed additional training at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. He is available for interview upon request.

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