You may not be planning on having children anytime soon, but if both cosmetic surgery and motherhood are in your plans for the future, you still need to know how your pregnancy might affect your results. Last week I answered some common questions about pre-pregnancy breast enhancement surgery in the Tampa area, but this week I want to look at some more general questions about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical procedures.
Q: Will pregnancy damage my cosmetic surgery results?
The answer to this question is “maybe.” Pregnancy affects the body in significant ways, and depending on your genetics and the type of procedure you had performed, you might see some changes.
- Liposuction – Pregnancy shouldn’t damage liposuction results directly – if you gain weight, you should gain it evenly, without an excess amount in the areas where you had liposuction. With that being said, some women do find that pregnancy changes which areas are the “problem spots” for their body, and some will choose to have a smaller touch-up cosmetic surgery later on.
- Tummy tuck – Pregnancy will reverse most of the positive effects of this procedure, so tummy tucks are best for women who are not planning to have more children.
- Breast enhancements – This will depend a great deal on how much your breast tissues themselves change during your pregnancy. Each woman’s breasts will adjust to her pregnancy differently, but it’s still relatively common for breasts to sag more after pregnancy than before. Some women will choose to tighten their breast tissues with a post-pregnancy breast lift.
Q: Are injectable procedures a good idea before pregnancy?
Facial injectables can help pregnant women maintain a fresh look. While there is limited research on BOTOX® Cosmetic for women who are pregnant, the amount of product used for cosmetic purposes is so small, and it’s unlikely that it will travel to other parts of the body or the developing child. Restylane® and similar fillers are made of substances naturally found in the body, so there’s no reason to suspect they’re unsafe for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. But without definitive medical research on the subject, pregnant women should choose carefully, and the safest approach is to delay having treatments with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane®, and other fillers until after your pregnancy.