Can I still have Breast Reduction surgery with a head cold?

I am having breast reduction surgery on Tuesday 11/29. I have developed a cold that is mainly in my nasal area. No sore throat.

Doctor Answers 8

Lipo-lift, breast lift, breast reduction, mastopexy, benelli, augmentation mastopexy

I appreciate your question.

I perform a liposuction breast lift that removes tissue from the areas you don't want such as near the armpit and the lower portion hanging near your stomach. Once I use this to shape the breast I then remove the skin to tighten the breast and create a better shape with nice cleavage. Since I perform this less invasively the recovery time is faster. The size would depend on the proportion with your body versus going for a cup size. It works very well if there are asymmetries. I can also use the removed fat as a natural breast augmentation by grafting the fat back into the breast to create more projection or into the top to create more cleavage. This procedure can also be combined with an implant if needed or wanted.  It should not affect nipple sensation, mammograms, cancer risk or breast-feeding. If you gain or lose weight, the transferred fat can do the same.

please let your surgeon know asap.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.  Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery.  

Best of luck!    

Dr. Schwartz 

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Inform surgeon

You should always inform your surgeon about any illnesses you have, particularly when they develop shortly before your surgery. Your surgeon can then make the decision as to whether you can proceed with surgery.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Do it.

If you have no other symptoms then I would say do it, unless you feel very ill.  Please talk to your surgeon and anesthesiologist to see what they recommend as there is no correct answer.

Andre Aboolian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Breast Reduction and cold

Thank you for your question.

Typically if there is signs of illness it is always safest to delay elective procedures.  I would recommend calling your physician and informing them and following their instructions.  

Best Dr. L

Andre Levesque, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Can I have breast reduction with a head cold?

Thank you for your question and this comes up often when dealing with elective procedures.  I recommend that if you are sick you should delay your surgery until you are better.  These are totally elective and one would want the best situation for a good outcome without infection or other problems.  I would consult with you surgeon who can best guide you through this decision.

John D. Smoot, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Breast Reduction

With you having a head cold, this shouldn't be a big problem. You should contact contact your surgeons office and talk with a nurse and they will advise you.

Gregory C. Gaines, MD
Gainesville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Can I still have Breast Reduction surgery with a head cold?

Best to contact the chosen operate surgeon! ASAP for him/her to determine not us responders since we really do not know your full medical case!

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Breast Reduction

This would be a question for your surgeon. It would be important to be evaluated by your surgeon before having surgery. Best Wishes. 

Theodore Nyame, MD
Charlotte Physician
4.9 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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