Pregnancy often comes with general weight gain, and once the baby is born, general weight loss over the coming year.
Every woman is a little different in what weight sticks around, where it deposits, what sheds, and at what stage, which is a process dictated by hormones, diet, energy expenditure, breastfeeding and other factors. No matter how much weight you gain, you won’t carry fat the same way in the liposuction-treated areas, but they will be natural-looking.
Most women who have liposuction and then go on to fall pregnant have no issues with the liposuction areas, even with some “baby” weight gain.
The contouring results usually remain with Liposuction, and pregnancy or weight gain doesn’t make the procedure any less valuable over the long term.
Gaining weight during pregnancy
Liposuction results aren’t going to be your focus during your pregnancy and nor should they be. However, rest assured, your contouring will still be there even if you gain weight. It’s useful to keep this in mind and not spend time worrying about it – your body is doing an incredible thing, and you’ll bounce back. You can’t ‘lose’ your liposuction results!
At ENRICH Clinic, Dr Michael Rich performs all liposuction procedures. He understands the nature of a woman’s body when it comes to pregnancies and, over time, with age. He performs your liposuction so that there will be enough fat left underneath the treatment area to create natural-looking curves at any size that will age with you, and it will cater to your weight gain or loss. Significant weight gain remains for a extended period of time post preganacy can eventually distort the result.
Breastfeeding after liposuction breast reduction
Not everyone can breastfeed, and that remains true of women who have had a breast reduction via liposuction. Some can and some can’t, but it’s not usually the liposuction that causes the issue, however, as with every procedure, there are no guarantees.
Studies repeatedly show that there are no functional breastfeeding impediments after this type of surgery since liposuction does not damage the ducting or other tissue inside the breast. This lack of damage is in stark contrast to a surgical breast reduction (mammoplasty), which repositions the skin, nipple, fat and damages ducting.
A liposuction breast reduction does not involve any cutting, except for two very small incisions into which the microcannulas (tiny tubes) enter the breast.
Can liposuction interfere with my ability to get pregnant?
Liposuction doesn’t interfere with fertility and is not a barrier to conception.
Will my next pregnancy affect my liposuction results?
The results of liposuction can be affected by multiple pregnancies and significant weight gain. Pregnancies can shift your hormone-directed weight distribution, moving fat deposits around unexpectedly. Significant weight gain can cause the liposuction results to become obscured or distorted.
It’s best to talk over your goals with Dr Rich so that you can establish the best timing for your procedure. It can be better to wait until after you have finished having babies before undergoing liposuction. That will be the body you have going forward and is a more reliable canvas with which to work.
How long do I have to wait after pregnancy to get liposuction?
There is no time sensitivity as to when you can and can’t have liposuction, post-pregnancy. We, however, advise our patients to take the time they feel they need and to consult their GP or OBGYN, before jumping into liposuction.
There are a few reasons for this.
First, you need time to recover from the pregnancy and settle into your post-pregnancy body and lifestyle habits. Secondly, having a newborn is hectic, so eating well and exercising can quickly get put on the backburner.
It’s ideal to be at a healthy, stable weight before liposuction. If you decide you want liposuction after your pregnancy, you may find that diet and exercise are enough for the time being, so take your time deciding. There’s no rush. A thoughtful, considered procedure will provide you with the highest satisfaction in the long-term.
No two patients are the same – talk it over with us
The best place to discuss your options, timeframes and costs is at our clinic with Dr Rich. He is the person who will be doing your liposuction treatment, should you decide to go ahead. You should always speak with the person who is undertaking your procedure.
Dr Rich has 30+ years’ of experience in liposuction, which means he’s seen it all, and he values long-term patient relationships. An example of this is many of our patients who came in for liposuction in past years and continue to visit the dermatology clinic for their skin health.
These regular visits from our long-standing patients allow us to observe how the changes in their lives – pregnancies, children, weight gain and loss, and ageing – pan out in relation to their treatments. Fostering long-term patient relationships means we can truly give each one the special treatment that comes from a more in-depth knowledge of a person’s life, family and body.
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