Things to know about Liposuction and Pregnancy

by | Published on Feb 28, 2018 | Liposuction Surgery

In NYC, liposuction is one of the most popular procedures today, especially among women. Prospective patients have many concerns, one of which is regarding liposuction and pregnancy. Getting liposuction after pregnancy is very common and it works very well to restore contour. However, many women also ask if it is possible to have liposuction during pregnancy. Let’s see what plastic surgeons have to say.

Many women feel that having liposuction before pregnancy would benefit them as it would remove unwanted pockets of fat. Surgeons say that there is no reason to wait to have the treatment. Liposuction helps to remove excess fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise and poses no risk to a woman’s reproductive organs or other organs. There could be scar tissue from laser liposuction, but this is not harmful and would simply feel tighter as the skin stretches during pregnancy. If you have abdomen liposuction, keeping your weight in check during pregnancy can help to preserve the results.

However, women who are planning to have a child should wait till after pregnancy to have laser liposuction. As an American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) report notes, pregnancy will stretch out the skin, lead to weight gain, and put some “baby fat” on the abdomen. So, women who choose to have lipolysis before pregnancy would enjoy only a short-term benefit. Therefore, the ideal option is to wait until you have finished having children. Moreover, women should wait until their body is fully healed after delivery to have liposuction. Liposuction surgeons recommend that women who have a c-section should wait at least 6 months after delivery to have body contouring treatment.

Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase in a woman’s life and during this phase, considering plastic surgery is not recommended. To a question on the RealSelf Forum as to whether it is safe to get laser liposuction while pregnant, plastic surgeons have replied in the negative. Surgeons do not recommend getting any cosmetic surgical procedure done while pregnant. There are no studies that support the safety of liposuction devices in pregnancy and women should wait till they have done with nursing to consider an elective procedure.

A report in SMART BEAUTY GUIDE points out that “focusing on the health and development of the baby is the primary concern for most plastic surgeons, but the nips, tucks, and improvements shortly after the baby makes his or her way out into the world is where plastic surgeons typically feel they have the most to offer, safely.”

Having liposuction before or after pregnancy is a completely personal choice. While women can opt to consider the treatment before pregnancy as a preventive measure, post-pregnancy laser liposuction would offer even more benefits as it would help restore the body’s natural shape. In fact, the “Mommy makeover” is a cosmetic surgical package specially designed for women looking to get back to their pre-pregnancy shape.

If you are done with having children and are considering laser liposuction in NYC, choose an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery facility that has well-trained, experienced plastic surgeons. Reliable surgeons will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether laser liposuction is a suitable option for you after considering certain factors such as overall health, how long it has been after delivery, whether you are considering another pregnancy, and so on. It is important to consult your gynecologist as well. After determining your candidature for the treatment, they will create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.

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