Can Liposuction Help Me Regain My Pre-Pregnancy Body?

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With the added pressure of social media influencers and celebrities, many women feel anxious to get back to their pre-pregnancy body as soon as possible after having children. However, it is important to remember that not everyone's body will "snap back" at the same rate, even with a healthy diet and consistent exercise, and women should also focus on letting their bodies recover in a healthy way. Still, you may notice that you are struggling with stubborn pockets of fat long after the rest of your body has returned to its pre-baby shape. If so, liposuction may be an appropriate and effective solution for addressing those last few stubborn pounds so you can look and feel more like yourself once again. At Motakef Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery near Anaheim Hills, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef performs advanced liposuction fat removal surgery to help patients achieve or restore slimmer, smoother contours and boosted self-confidence after having children — though liposuction can certainly be beneficial even for those who have never had kids. Read on to learn more about what results may be possible for you with post-pregnancy liposuction.

Why can't I lose all the baby weight after having kids?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to the accumulation of diet- and exercise-resistant areas of fat after having children, including:

  • Age
  • Hormone changes
  • Genetics
  • Stress

Even women who consistently exercise and eat a healthy, balanced diet may not be able to regain their pre-pregnancy weight or body shape due to these and other factors — but liposuction can help.

How does liposuction after pregnancy work?

If you have been committed to a healthy diet and regular exercise for at least 6 – 12 months after childbirth and have lost the majority of your baby weight but still have isolated areas of fat that aren't snapping back to your pre-pregnancy shape in the way you'd like, liposuction may be suitable for surgically removing stubborn fat cells to restore slimmer lines and a smoother overall body shape. During liposuction, Dr. Motakef makes a small incision near the treatment site and inserts a handheld cannula beneath the skin. Suction energy is then used to extract the unwanted fat cells. Over the next several weeks, postoperative swelling will subside and the skin will remodel to the newly slimmed contours. Common treatment areas for liposuction after having kids include:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks

Patients considering liposuction after having children should remember that liposuction is not a substitute for traditional diet and exercise. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that having additional children after liposuction can potentially reverse the results of the procedure and lead to the need for a second or subsequent liposuction. For this reason, we often recommend deferring liposuction and other body contouring procedures until patients are certain they are done having children.

Look and feel like your pre-pregnancy self once again with liposuction in Orange County, CA

With all the changes that having children brings to your life, you may feel like you hardly recognize the new version of yourself. When it comes to your physical appearance, we are here to help you regain your confidence and slimmer lines once again with liposuction surgery. For more information about liposuction and other post-pregnancy cosmetic surgeries available at Motakef Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, call to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.