BA and Full Anchor Lift. Is it Okay to Do Surgery While I'm On My Period?

I heard that you should not have surgery if you have your period. Is that true and if so why?

Doctor Answers 9

Breast Surgery Okay While Menstruating

Thank you for your question.


Cosmetic breast surgery can be performed at any point during your menstrual cycle and having your period will not affect the procedure or your final outcome.  It is advised to let your surgeon know if you are on your period as part of a complete medical history but otherwise it should not alter your ability to have surgery. 


I hope this helps.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

BA / lift + your period

While it's certainly frustrating to have to deal with your period at the same time as your surgery and recovery, there isn't any evidence to suggest that this puts you at an increased risk for problems, unless you have a significant amount of breast swelling with your cycle - which could make planning the lift a little more tricky.

Best of luck!

Thomas Fiala, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Surgery and menstruation.

Being on your period will not affect your surgery unless you typically having significant breast swelling at this time. Many women confuse this with imaging of the breasts and their period (which does affect the ability to detect tumors).

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Breast surgery and periods

Absolutely O.K., but not if you happen to be pregnant. your surgeon must give you a pregnancy test before surgery.

Edward O. Terino, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Surgery and period

Having your menstrual cycle is not a contraindications to undergo surgery.  It is quite common during this stressful time for patients to have their period.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Breast surgery during Menstrual Cycle

This is a common question.   Having your period will not interfere with your surgery.  Sometimes just the stress of surgery will cause you to menstruate.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Breast surgery during menses

This is a very common question.  Menstruation should not interfere with the ability to undergo surgery.  If your breast size changes significantly prior to the onset of your period, then this is something to discuss with your plastic surgeon.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Breast Surgery During Menstrual Cycle

There should not be an issue with you being on your cycle during the time of surgery. If your breasts change dramatically with your period, you should discuss that with your doctor. Typically, breasts don't change enough to interfere with surgery. Good luck with your procedure!

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Breast Surgery during Menstrual Period?

Thank you for the question.

Generally speaking, having surgery during your menstrual period should not be a problem. If you have specific concerns (for example regarding significant fluctuation of breast size during your menstrual period)  address them with your plastic surgeon.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,486 reviews

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