Patients typically undergo plastic surgery to help eliminate stubborn body fat, lift any sagging breasts, remove excess skin, or fix any body insecurity they may have. Women are seeking out plastic surgery at an earlier age. And while getting your dream body can be exciting, it’s important to consider the effects that pregnancy can have on your surgical results. Talking to your plastic surgeon will give you answers to if and how your plastic surgery results may be altered post-childbirth.
Specific procedures such as Tummy Tucks and Liposuction are more extensive; therefore, it’s recommended to wait to have these procedures until you’re done having children. Your body goes through a series of changes when you have kids, which can change the results of your plastic surgery procedure. The way that childbirth will affect your results varies and may result in needing a revision or secondary surgery.
In general, there are no health risks associate with having children after having plastic surgery done. Procedures like a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation should not provide health risks or harm you or your child. However, there are high chances of needing a revision or secondary surgery to get you back to your results pre-childbirth.
Breast Augmentation and Reduction
During pregnancy, a woman’s body will go through a series of changes, including the breasts. They will change in size and shape- regardless if the patient has had a breast augmentation. The shape of the breast tissue will change, but the implant will remain the same. Breast placement is essential for the ability to breastfeed in the future. Placing implants under the breasts won’t affect the ability to breastfeed.
It’s important to consider future pregnancies before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. A tummy tuck removes excess skin resulting in a smoother, firmer stomach. Because of this, the tummy tuck is the procedure most affected by pregnancy. During pregnancy, the skin is stretched to accommodate a growing baby. Therefore, post-pregnancy, you will notice the results from the tummy tuck are no longer in effect.
Patients seek out a liposuction procedure to get rid of excess stubborn fat. Once these pockets of fat are eliminated, they are gone forever. This doesn’t mean the body cannot grow, but the liposuction effects will remain intact. How pregnancy impacts a woman’s liposuction varies as each patient is different.