Pregnancy Reverses Abdominoplasty Aesthetic Outcome: Myth or Misconception? A Cross-Sectional Study

Roni Averbuch Sagie*, Itay Wiser, Lior Heller, Doron Klein, Eran Hadad

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Background: The common recommendation for female abdominoplasty candidates is to conclude family planning before undergoing the procedure. However, no evidence demonstrates a correlation between aesthetic outcome compromise, risk for fetal complications, or risk for maternal complications when abdominoplasty is followed by pregnancy. Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate maternal, fetal, and aesthetic outcomes among pregnant females with a history of abdominoplasty. Methods: The authors conducted an online survey among women who became pregnant after having an abdominoplasty. Participants were recruited via social media groups related to abdominoplasty. The survey included demographic-, aesthetic outcome-, and pregnancy-related questions utilizing a score from 1 (no effect) to 10 (worst effect) to assess abdominal aesthetic outcome compromise. Results: Thirty-two participants completed the online survey, 15 (46.8%) of which reported their pregnancy was unplanned. Pregnancy-related findings included 5 (15.6%) late premature births (between gestational week 35 and 37), 1 miscarriage, and 1 emergency C-section. Compromised aesthetic outcomes following pregnancy included new abdominal stretch marks (50%, N=16), widened abdominoplasty scar (28%, N = 9), abdominal skin excess (37.5%, N = 12), and abdominal bulge (25.8%, N = 8). A new hernia was reported by 2 participants (6.3%). The average abdominal aesthetic severity score was 2.7 (range, 1-8), and only 3 scores were above 5 (9.3%). Two women (6.2%) underwent abdominoplasty revision, and 18 (56.2%) stated they would recommend others to undergo abdominoplasty before pregnancy (56.3%). Conclusions: This survey shows there is room to reevaluate whether future pregnancy should be considered a relative contraindication for undergoing abdominoplasty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP20-NP26
JournalAesthetic Surgery Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


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