Pregnancy and Plastic Surgery Procedures – All You Need to Know!

Women who are currently pregnant or planning a pregnancy or have been pregnant often have many questions about pregnancy and plastic surgery procedures; whether they can have surgery or how their pregnancy would affect their bodies, etc. So, we have collected some of these questions. And hopefully, we will be able to answer some of your ‘burning questions’ too. Let’s get started!

Is Plastic Surgery Before Pregnancy a Good Idea?

Plastic surgery and pregnancy
Pregnancy can dramatically change your body, therefore so many women think about plastic surgeries

The answer to this question depends on the type of plastic surgery you are considering and the timing of your pregnancy and surgery. Generally speaking, plastic surgery procedures aiming to enhance body contours such as tummy tuck or liposuction are commonly advised to be postponed after having pregnancy. As advised by the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons), ‘if you are planning to become pregnant, your surgeon may suggest delaying your operation’.

The reasoning behind this is the fact that pregnancy may ‘risk’ the outcome of your body contouring surgery. But this does not mean that let’s say you cannot have liposuction before your pregnancy. You certainly can by bearing in mind that you may need a second round of liposuction after your pregnancy.

How Is Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck before pregnancy
It is not recommended to get a tummy tuck before pregnancy

To be perfectly honest, pregnancy is not so good after a tummy tuck. Although it is possible to have a tummy tuck before pregnancy, it is advised to postpone your tummy tuck until you are done with pregnancy. This is because pregnancy may negatively affect the outcome of your tummy tuck. It may bring back saggy skin, stretch marks, and weak abdominal muscles. The research of ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) states that changes to abdominal muscles after pregnancy may affect tummy tuck results.

Facelift and Rhinoplasty Before Pregnancy

rhinoplasty before pregnancy
You are good to get a facelift or rhinoplasty before pregnancy

If you are planning to have any other plastic surgery such as a nose job or facelift, then you are good to go. But if you have plans to get pregnant soon or trying to fall pregnant while planning your surgery, then it is best to communicate this with your doctor.

Boob Job Before Pregnancy, Can You Still Breastfeed?

Boob Job Before Pregnancy
Breastfeeding after a breast implant depends on the condition of your breasts

Most women with breast implants can breastfeed without any problems. And thanks to advanced technology, silicones do not pose risks to the breastfed baby. According to ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), ‘neither silicone nor saline breast implants seem to cause any change to the composition of breastmilk, so it should be safe for babies to drink.’ 

But is important to know that your ability to breastfeed comfortably with your implants is highly dependent on the quality and the current state of your implants. It is best to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Is Plastic Surgery While Pregnant Safe?

Plastic Surgery While Pregnant
Any kind of operation can risk the unborn’s and mother’s lives

There are many unplanned pregnancies. And many women book their plastic surgery treatments and then find out they are pregnant. They often ask if they can have their plastic surgery while pregnant?

The answer is No!  Having any type of surgery would put the unborn’s and women’s lives at risk. So, if you ever find yourself in this situation, it is best to communicate this with your doctor to postpone your surgery to a future date.

Can You Get a Nose Job while Pregnant?

plastic surgery while pregnant
You can not have any kind of anaesthesia during the pregnancy

Even if it is not around your stomach area, the answer to this question is a NO as stated above. Any type of surgery poses risks to both the unborn and women during pregnancy. Surgeons do not perform any procedures on a pregnant woman unless the procedure is needed to save a life (lives).

How Soon Can I Get Plastic Surgery After Pregnancy?

woman body before and after pregnancy
During the first year after pregnancy body continues changing and will be stable after about one year

The answer to this question may vary depending on your circumstances, your desired plastic surgery treatment, and your doctor’s decision. Generally, it is suggested to wait at least 6 months after your pregnancy to have any plastic surgery. But as mentioned, this may get longer depending on the type of plastic surgery you want to have. Shall we look into them separately?

Can You Get a Nose Job while Breastfeeding?

Nose Job while Breastfeeding
Before starting supplementary foods for your baby you can not take any operation

Yea we know that your nose has nothing to do with your abdomen body but if you want to feed your baby with your breast milk we should warn you that any kind of anaesthesia can affect your baby’s health! Anaesthesia and other medications that you will need to take for rhinoplasty will change the breast milk composition and as we know for the first six months, babies can be fed only by milk.

So as long as they are not ready to start the supplementary food, you have to wait! But even by taking supplementary food, we know that breast milk should not be completely cut! Therefore the best option is to consult with your doctor to make sure if the baby will be ok without breastfeeding.

Can I Get a Facelift or Rhinoplasty After Pregnancy without BreastFeeding?

Rhinoplasty After Pregnancy
The hormone levels will change in the body during the first year after pregnancy

Your face and nose might be the least affected areas due to pregnancy but still, you may need to wait for a while to undergo such surgery. The answer to this question highly depends on your circumstances after delivery such as your hormonal levels and other medical conditions as well as your doctor’s decision.

While some doctors have a relaxed approach, some prefer to be on the safe side. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor to see when you can have your nose job or face surgery after your pregnancy.

When Can You Get a Tummy Tuck After Baby? What about Liposuction and BBL?

liposuction and tummy tuck after pregnancy
Loose skin after pregnancy

Even if you are not considering breastfeeding your newly born baby and she/he will be fine with supplementary food you should be aware that during pregnancy, women’s bodies change. And the effects of pregnancy do not go away after delivery.  Your body keeps dealing with the effects of pregnancy for a while after birth.

Pregnancy mainly affects the abdomen area. The volume of the body fat and muscle on the body can change from the first month to the end of the first year. Therefore, it is advised to wait at least a year to have any type of body contouring plastic surgery procedures including tummy tuck, liposuction or BBL.

When Can You Get Any Kind of Boob Job After Pregnancy?

Boob Job After Pregnancy

The answer to this question mainly depends on whether you breastfeed your child after birth or not. If you are breastfeeding your child, then you have to wait until at least 6 months after stopping breastfeeding.

Let’s say you breastfeed your child until they get 1 year old. Then, the earliest you can have your breast surgery including breast implants, breast lift or breast reduction, would be when your child is 1,5 years old. If you do not breastfeed your child, you still need to wait around 6 months after the delivery to have any type of breast surgery. This is because even after delivery your breasts will continue changing.

Second Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy

Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
You can get a tummy tuck for the second time after the pregnancy

If you get pregnant again after your tummy tuck, you can have a second tummy tuck. But still, it will be time and money-consuming. Therefore, it is best to wait until you are done with pregnancy.

Mommy Makeover After Pregnancy

Mommy makeover with Mcan Health
Mommy makeover before and after with Mcan Health

The most common plastic surgeries after pregnancy are mainly breast and body contouring procedures. This is not surprising because pregnancy mostly affects a woman’s abdomen area and breasts. Therefore, we have a specific plastic surgery for women who would like to reverse the effects of pregnancy.

This specific plastic surgery is called a ‘Mommy Makeover’. A mommy makeover is a surgery that aims to reshape and enhance a woman’s body after pregnancy. Depending on the individual needs of a woman, it may consist of breast augmentation, breast lift, buttock augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, and vaginal rejuvenation. MCAN Health, an awarded medical tourism company, has been offering plastic surgery in Istanbul, Turkey in Istanbul with a full aftercare services! Please reach out to us to learn more!