Pregnancy and dermatologic surgery

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Analgesics; Anesthetics; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Dermatology; Female; Humans; Perioperative Care; Postoperative Care; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications; Skin Diseases


Dermatology | Maternal and Child Health | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases | Women's Health


The physiologic changes of pregnancy and risks to the fetus require attention during dermatologic surgery. Elective surgery should be performed in the second trimester or the postpartum period. Cosmetic work should occur after delivery to avoid hypertrophic or hyperpigmented scars. Skin preparatory agents and anesthetics may have fetal implications and should be chosen with care. Antibiotic selection for any infections must take into account possible maternal and fetal risks. Attention to detail and awareness of the changes in pregnancy should lead to safe surgery in the pregnant patient.


Citation: Sweeney SM, Maloney ME. Pregnancy and dermatologic surgery. Dermatol Clin. 2006 pr;24(2):205-14, vi. doi:10.1016/j.det.2006.01.011.

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