Is It Safe to Have a Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck when You Are Taking Medication for Hypothyroidism?

Would I need clearance from my doctor? What are the risk? I understand the risk with the surgery, however does hypothyroidism increase my chances of death or major issues? My PS is not really concerned.

Doctor Answers 14

Thyroid medication and mommy makeover

  • Taking thyroid medication is very common
  • At least half of the women I see for surgery are taking supplemental thyroid medication
  • I have not seen or heard about a surgical problem related to supplemental thyroid medication
  • Overactive thyroid would be a concern, but an underactive thyroid which is treated should not be a problem

Wichita Plastic Surgeon
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Is It Safe to Have a Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck when You Are Taking Medication for Hypothyroidism

Assuming that your thyroid hormone levels have been corrected by the thyroid replacement medications you are taking, you should be at no additional risk. Your primary physician can tell you if it's time to check your levels.

Thank you for your question, best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Low thyroid and mommy makeover

Having low thyroid hormone levels is a significant risk factor for difficulty healing the wounds of a mommy makeover.  That being said, if you are taking thyroid hormone to fix the problem you should be fine.  I recommend you ask your primary care doctor to check your thyroid levels prior to surgery.  Good luck.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Thyroid meds. and Plastic Surgery

I've had no problems with procedures on patients taking synthroid or other replacement meds.  To allay your anxiety, speak with an endocrinologist.  Hope this helps.

Peter J. Simon, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Surgical risk of breast lift and tummy tuck with hypothyroidism

As a surgeon who operates on patients routinely taking thyroid medication, I understand what looks like a lack of concern from your PS.  While no medication is entirely safe, thyroid replacement medicine is well tolerated and well understood by our anesthesia colleges.  If taken properly and monitored appropriately it is safe to be taken during the time before and after surgery.  If your are concerned, contact the doctor that prescribes your thyroid medicine and discuss it.  I think you will feel better, and find that it is safe.  Good Luck

Neil Gottlieb, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Hypothyroidism and Surgery

Dear yNotSmile,
As long as your routine thyroid function tests are within normal limits while you are medicated for hypothyroidism, it is safe to proceed with surgery.  You will just stay on your routine medications.  I have plenty of Mommy Makeover (tummy tuck + breast lift / augmentation) patients who are hypothyroid, and it is a non-issue.
Best regards,
Dr. B

Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 67 reviews


Hypothyroidism is quite common.  As long as your thyroid levels are normal, you are likely OK to proceed with surgery.   Please visit with your internist for a check-up if you have not seen your PCP in awhile.  Best wishes.

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 212 reviews


As long as you are on medication for your hypothyroidism and you are medically cleared for surgery the condition by itself is not a containdication for surgery

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Thyroid medication and Surgery

Many patients are on thyroid medication and safely undergo surgical procedures. If hypothyroidism is under control and stable with replacement medication and thyroid lab tests are within normal limits, most patients shouldn't have an increased risk of complications. In a patient with hypothyroidism,  it is considered good practice to have the plastic surgeon discuss her medical status with the patient's primary physician or endocrinologist and get medical clearance before proceding with the surgery.

Robert Singer, MD FACS

La Jolla, California

Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Hypothyroid and surgery

It should be safe for you to undergo surgery while you are on this medication as long as your thyroid levels are normal and have been stable.  Make sure that you inform the physician who prescribes your hypothyroid medication that you intend to have surgery.  Good luck!

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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