Is It Better to Have Liposuction Before or After Pregnancy?

I am 5' and weigh 110 lbs. I am 30 and will probably have children in the next year or so. I have wanted Liposuction on problem areas: abs and love handles for a while and can now do it but didn't know if I should wait until after pregnancy. I have heard different opinions and would like to hear from a professional. Thanks!

Doctor Answers 10

Wait until after having kids

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I recommend you wait until after pregnancy, especially since you are targeting your mid section. With pregnancy, women are often left with sagging skin, possible muscle separation, stretch marks and excess fat deposits, which would be best addressed with a tummy tuck. If you have liposuction now, you may be wanting a tummy tuck after having kids. While the choice is up to you, just keep in mind that the results of your liposuction will most likely be short-lived. 

Have Liposuction after pregnancy

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Wait til after any pregnancy to get any type of liposuction. Why do a pre pregnancy cosmetic surgery to have it ruined by weight gain and stretching? Not a good plan. Regards.

Liposuction makes you feel better about yourself so do it NOW

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If you have problem areas that bother you then do the liposuction now to fix them so you can feel better about yourself right away. You probably won't get as big during the pregnancy in those trouble areas so you won't have to lose as much weight after the pregnancy and liposuctions are so safe now a days that they can be done after the pregnancy to touch up areas if needed. Also, who knows how long it will take you to get pregnant anyway. Do it now for yourself.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews


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There is no health risk for having liposuction of the abdomen and flanks area before pregnancy.  However, I would not recommend it if you are considering pregnancy within the next year.  I recommend patients who are considering having a baby wait for any type of cosmetic surgery, especially on their abdomen or breasts, until after they are done having children.  It’s a fact that pregnancy will alter your body.  How it affects your body and whether those changes are permanent depends on the patient.  Some women are able to get their pre-pregnancy body back after giving birth, but some do not.  Your abdomen grows and stretches during pregnancy which will alter the result of any liposuction that was done on the abdomen before the pregnancy.  Weight fluctuations during pregnancy could also alter your result.  If you are unhappy with your body after pregnancy, liposuction can be done again to help you regain your pre-pregnancy body after you are at a stable weight.  Research only board certified plastic surgeons and schedule a consultation for a thorough examination.  Be sure to let him or her know that you intend to have children soon and find out if you would be a good candidate for liposuction.

Be well and good luck!

Liposuction just prior to Pregnancy not recommended

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As you are planning on having children in the next year or so, I would recommend waiting until after your last pregnancy. Pregnancy and other hormonal changes in your body affect fat distribution. Waiting until you have plateaued will give you the best and longest results. 


Best time to have liposuction

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I tell people the best time to have liposuction (or any surgery), is when you have the time to recover. Whether before, or after a pregnancy, people want to feel better about themselves and "if" your skin becomes too stretched with pregnancy you may be able to remove more of it if liposuction had been done in a separate session.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Liposuction before or after pregnancy.

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Given the amount of time to heal and the limited time to benefit from the liposuctionprior to being pregnant, I would advise deferring liposuction until after. At that time it is more likely that you will achieve better results with a tummy tuck rahter than liposuction

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Liposuction Now or After Pregnancy

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It really depends on how you do after pregnancy. Also know that after pregnancy you may be looking more at a tummy tuck for your abdomen perhaps. So I would see what is really your future as far as pregnancy goes. This way, if you need a tummy tuck later, you can have that done along with the liposuction you wanted all after you are done lactating.

Hope that helps you.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

Liposuction and pregnancy ti;ming depend on your goals.

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 If you think you will be good about controlling your weight after pregnancy, I would do it before. That way you get to enjoy it now. If you feel you may not loose the weight of pregnancy, then wait.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Liposuction before or after pregnancy

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You certainly can do liposuction before pregnancy but you should not be trying to conceive while having the surgery. Should you do liposuction after you have recovered and healed from the delivery, you should wait until after breast feeding or unless you could pump enough milk to last a few days. The anesthetic from the tumescent liposuction that is injected into the fat, is eliminated from the body, but I'm not certain that anyone knows exactly how long it would clear from breast milk. You might want to check with a pediatrician, but they may not have the answer either.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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