Cosmetic Surgery and Fertility: How it can Impact You

It’s not uncommon for women to undergo plastic surgery after giving birth, but did you ever
think about what effects plastic surgery could have on your fertility before having a baby?

Guest blogger Shoshana Davis, contributor to let’s us know about some of the most popular procedures and what effects they can have on your fertility.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that around 9.2 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2011, and Americans spent nearly $10 billion for those surgeries alone. Of course there are many things to consider when thinking about having one of these many procedures, and it’s not just about how it will affect your physical appearance. For many women, they must consider how these surgeries can affect fertility. Here is a list of some of the most popular procedures and what to keep in mind when considering their effects on your fertility.

Breast Augmentation: Falling into the top five most popular cosmetic procedures in 2011, breast augmentation is popular among women of all ages. It’s interesting to note that studies have shown that breast augmentation and breast implants do not have an effect on becoming pregnant or on the baby as it grows within the womb. But, babies breast fed on someone with a breast implant will ingest small levels of platinum. The FDA has ruled that this does impact the baby. Pregnancy can have an effect on your breast surgeries as your body will still want to produce milk as per normal. Many women with breast implants have complained that they feel more discomfort in their chests while pregnant than women without implants.

Weight Loss Surgery:
These procedures which are used for both health and cosmetic purposes are often controversial in terms of their impact on a person’s fertility. It is said that Bariatric surgery can increase your chances of becoming pregnant. In the November 2005 issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, it was reported that women with fertility problems linked to obesity who have the surgery can start ovulating more regularly than when they were carrying around excess weight. It’s also recommended that you wait 18 months to get pregnant after this procedure due to the changes it places on your body’s ability to gain weight.

Liposuction: Liposuction was the most popular procedure for both men and women in 2011, and luckily it will not affect your fertility or your ability to carry your baby through a healthy pregnancy. However, you are more likely to develop stretch marks during pregnancy depending on the amount of weight you gain.

Labiaplasty: As people become more and more comfortable with improving parts of their bodies surgically, the increase on the desire for labiaplasty has sky rocketed. Many women look at the surgery as a way to improve their self confidence in and outside of the bedroom. The procedure in and of itself should not have any effect on your fertility, but because there is the possibility of scar tissue build up it really depends on how invasive your specific surgery will be. With all cosmetic surgeries, but especially in this case, if you are thinking about conceiving after having the labiaplasty it is important to consult with both your treating physician and a fertility specialist.

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  • Victory December 18, 2012, 10:40 pm

    Your post is very interesting and informative. Plastic or cosmetic surgery is a great way to boost one’s confidence, and it’s good to note that majority of the common procedures won’t cause fertility problems to those who want to undergo it.

  • Aniruddha Malpani May 20, 2016, 8:11 am

    It’s nice information but can you imagine its bad effect in the future or after 4 to 5 years. We provide great service regarding any fertility symptoms to patients. Our motive is to take care of the patient till the end of surgery. If anyone has any problem during treatment, our expert team will discuss all the details and treats patient well.

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