Risks With Having Liposuction If Eventually I Want to Have Children?

I am 20 years old and in good health. I've been the same steady weight for a while now (145 lbs, 5'6) and I have never been overweight. My stomach is the only part of my body that I have ever had a problem with. It always seemed to be a good deal larger than other parts.

My question is, is it advisable to have lipo if you ever want to become pregnant? How does pregnancy affect a liposuctioned stomach say 10 to 15 years after the surgery? Thank you for your help!

Doctor Answers 15

Liposuction - Will It Affect a Future Pregnancy?

Hi Lucy08 in Seattle, WA,

I am unaware of any negative implications of liposuction on pregnancies in the future.  I've had many patients who have become pregnant after lipo and I don't know of a single problem among them - nor do I know of any problems in published literature. 

It's likely that there may be some scar tissue as a result of the lipo and that it might feel unusually tight as your abdomen is expanding (particularly if you could compare it to a pre-lipo pregnancy) but the baby will win out (they always do!) and your abdomen will stretch out without problems.  I don't know of any reason why lipo should be a problem for future pregnancies.

Two short anecdotes:

One patient who became pregnant after a lipo of her stomach, hips and thighs told me that every other part of her got huge (like her chest) before there was even the slightest bulge in her tummy, and

Another patient had to delay her 2 month followup appointment....because she was pregnant.  She actually emailed me her sono instead, labelling it "2 Month Photo."

You look like a good candidate for the procedure if it's otherwise appropriate based on your medical health (if there are any problems there) so you can discuss this with a surgeon who can see you in person without having to worry about the pregnancy issue.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo before pregnancy?

Liposuction is fine before pregnancy. It's always possible that you can develop loose skin or stretch marks with pregnancy but most women do just fine. I'd say you would enjoy the results for years after having liposuction and the improvement in your abdomen should be good baised on what I can see in your photos. Good luck! Dr K

Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction can be done prior to pregnancy

As long as you are not trying to conceive and are not possibly pregnant during the liposuction procedure, you can have liposuction to reduce the depots of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.  Those fat cells that are removed will not easily return during pregnancy.  What women shouldn't do before pregnancy is have an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) because the results can get ruined by the stretching of the pregnanct abdomen.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Timing of Liposuction

You are an excellent liposuction candidate!  As you can see from responses, PS have many differing suggestions regarding liposuction. My personal approach is dependent on how soon you plan on getting pregnant and on how much this area of fat excess bothers you.  If every time you buy clothes or wear a bathing suit or look in the mirror you are bothered by this area you should have something done to address it.  However, if you are planning to get pregnant relatively soon then having lipo would not be advisable as its result would not last long.  If pregnancy is a few years in the future, have the lipo and enjoy your new body.

Delio Ortegon, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Liposuction Risks

Thank you for your question. Fortunately, significant complications from liposuction surgery are infrequent. Liposuction surgery is one of the two most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Most often this surgery is performed without experiencing any major problem. The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis with you when you visit us during your consultation and your preoperative appointment. The risks in most surgeries are similar. Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, damage to underlying structures, need for revisions, unsatisfactory results possibly necessitating additional procedures and medical risks. Other risks more specific to liposuction may include indentations and irregularities. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions we provide, both before and after your liposuction surgery. Best of luck!Dhaval M. Patel Double board certified Plastic surgeon Hoffman Estates BarringtonOakbrook Chicago 

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Lipo-- no impact on subsequent pregnancy.

Review of your picture suggests that you would be an excellent candidate for liposuction of your abdomen.This procedure would significantly improve your abdominal contour and is associated with high levels of patient satisfaction.It would have no impact on subsequent pregnancy.

If you’re considering liposuction of your abdomen, it’s important that you consult a Board-Certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area.This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Liposuction and pregnancy

From the pictures you provided it appears you are an excellent candidate for lipsuction.  There is no reason this procedure would make pregnancy difficult later in life or cause complications.  This is a very personal decision and if this has always been a concern for you I recommend getting a consult. I hope this helps you.

Kindest regards,

Neil J. Zemmel

Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
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?? Liposuction and Pregnancy

Liposcution is performed to "shape" those regions of your body that you can't improve with diet and exercise.  You can certainly have liposuction performed prior to becoming pregnant.  On the other hand it is not recommended to have an abdominoplasty performed if you plan to have more children.

Craig Mezrow, MS, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Liposuction and pregnancy

I agree with all of the other posters that you are an excellent candidate for abdominal liposuction.  It will have no future bearing on pregnancy.  Of course, no one can predict what may happen to your abdomen after pregnancy--it may cause skin laxity and muscle laxity but liposuction now will not be the cause. 

Jeffrey E. Kyllo, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Liposuction and pregnancy

Liposuction should have no direct impact on future pregnancy, and I have performed a lot of liposuction on women who did not have children and then went on to successfully child bear.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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