Should people stop taking Birth Control if they are going to get a breast augmentation?
Stop Taking Birth Control for Breast Augmentation?
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Breast augmentation and oral contraceptives
A breast augmentation is a short surgical procedure with little increase in risk of VTE events. It is probably not necessary to stop these medications in the peri-operative period. However, if breast augmentation is combined with other procedures and operative times are prolonged beyond three hours, its wise to stop the OCPs.
Stop Birth Control Pills for Breast Augmentation?
I do not recommend stopping birth control pills for breast augmentation surgery, but I always use sequential compression stockings on my patients during surgery to prevent any risk of blood clots.
Birth Control Pills and Breast Augmentation
In general, I do not have patients stop oral contraceptives before doing a short operative procedure like a breast augmentation if the patient is healthy and has no risk factors like a previous blood clot or other medical problems.
However, if the patient is having other/additional operative procedures which prolong the operative time to greater than 4 hours and/or has other risk factors, one should consider stopping the birth control pills for at least one month preop to decrease the chances for a blood clot
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Stop birth control pill before Breast Augmentation.
There is not a clear recommendation to stop oral contraceptive medication before breast augmentation surgery. The risk of DVT ( deep venous thrombosis) in a breast augmentation patient that is young, healthy, and does not smoke is extremely low. However, there is a very small increase in the risk of DVT in patients who take birth control pills. Therefore some surgeons may recommend stopping the pill 15 to 30 days before breast augmentation in an effort to lower this small risk of DVT even further.
Jaime Perez M.D Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa
Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Birth control pill and breast implant augmentation surgery
I assume there are two reasons for this concern: 1) alteration in breast size and 2) possible risk of DVT. In general, this is not a common practive in an uncomplicated bilateral augmentation mammaplasty.
Birth control Pills and Breast Augmentation
Even the experts don't agree on this question! Since breast augmentation is a short procedure, and patients are rapidly up and about afterwards, I don't typically ask my patients to stop their birth control pills. However, if you are in a high risk group for a DVT (and there are a number of known factors), then it should be definitely considered as a risk-reduction strategy.
Birth control pills and breast augmentation
There is a an associated risk reported when patients take birth control pills and have surgery. This risk may be related to developing deep vein thrombosis. Some surgeons would recommend stopping them before surgery, and others do not.
Breast Augmentation and Birth control
We know that patients who are on birth control have a slightly higher risk of developing blood clots in the leg veins. This risk is significantly increased in smokers. When these blood clots travel to the lung it is called a pulmonary embolus and can be fatal.
I do not routinely recommend that patients stop taking their birth control pills prior to breast augmentation. This is typically a short procedure and patients are ambulatory immediately after surgery. The risk of blood clots in these patients is lower than the risks that come with an unwanted pregnancy. If other procedures are being performed, such as a tummy tuck, or there is a longer operating time, I recommend the birth control pills be discontinued before surgery, particularly if they have a smoking history. The risk of blood clots in these patients are much higher.
Stopping birth control pills before surgery
The issue is related to the risk of developing a blood clot in your legs (which can be due to birth control pills or can result after any surgery).
Depending on your risk factors for blood clots, you may want to consider stopping the birth control pills 1 month before surgery. Google Caprini Risk Assessment for more details and discuss with your surgeon.
Birth control pills during breast augmentation, yes
There is no clear recommendation as to whether to stop or continue birth control pills for a breast augmentation procedure. There is a theoretical risk of blood clots with BCP's, especially in smokers. Augmentation surgery is a short procedure and the blood clot risk is very low. We have all our patients continue BCP's. The health risks from unwanted pregnancy may be greater.
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