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How does pregnancy affect liposuction?

Liposuction is a very common procedure in young women before or after a pregnancy. Most plastic surgeons would recommend maintaining a stable weight after liposuction; however, having liposuction on a “stubborn” area will permanently decrease the number of fat cells one has in the area. It is therefore possible that after weight gain, you may notice that the weight does not collect there as it used to. Liposuction AFTER pregnancy is also very common but it is important to understand the limitations of liposuction. Liposuction generally will not remove excess skin or “tighten” skin. Some techniques, like VASER® or Smartlipo™ may tighten skin a modest amount but it is generally not nearly the same as what can be accomplished with other techniques. For example, loose skin on the abdomen after pregnancy is much better addressed with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck than with liposuction because an abdominoplasty will remove the excess skin whereas liposuction removes the fat underneath the skin. In fact, liposuction may even give the appearance of more loose skin after the fat has been removed. There is a risk of appearing “deflated.”

Many women desiring plastic surgery would like to know how past or future pregnancies will affect their outcome.  As a general rule, any weight fluctuation can affect the results of your surgery.  How much it is affected can be unpredictable and certainly varies by body part and by procedure. You should discuss these issues with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Meet Our Surgeons

There’s something different about West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. Not only do our surgeons provide an accessible and patient-friendly atmosphere, but we uphold Washington University’s reputation for cutting-edge procedures. We invite you to learn more about our surgeons.
Dr. Terry Myckatyn

Voted among the "Best Doctors in St. Louis" and "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors, Inc. since 2008, Dr. Terry Myckatyn is no stranger to being recognized for his work in plastic surgery. A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the United States and Canada, Dr. Myckatyn specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction. Read On

Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum

Dr. Tenenbaum – a board-certified plastic surgeon – specializes in all forms of cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction, employing techniques acquired through working with some of the most respected cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the country. She has been voted among the "Best Plastic Surgeons" and "Best Doctors in America" by St. Louis Magazine. Read On

Emily Weinhaus P.A.

A licensed physician’s assistant, Emily performs non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as BOTOX® injections, fillers, laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal and spider vein treatments. Read On