Can I still get plastic surgery if I'm taking an immune suppressant?

I have been on and off cyclosporine and methotrexate for a few months due to severe facial eczema that doesn't respond to other methods. I am interested in getting liposuction or maybe a BBL, I haven't decided yet. Will I still be able to get the procedure if I am taking either methotrexate or cyclosporine? Also, I have had bad expirences with steroids, would these procedure require me to have to take prednisone or any other type of steroids for any reason?

Doctor Answers 3

Liposuction and BBL on immune suppressants

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Thank you for asking about your liposuction and BBL.
  • I assume your eczema treatment is temporary - not a life time treatment.
  • If so, then  wait until your exzema clears and you are taken off these medicines.
  • Then have surgery.
  • As for steroids - they are often given by anesthesiologists during surgery
  • If you have any surgery, tell both the surgeon AND the anesthesiologist that you cannot have steroids and be sure they write this down in your record.
  • Even though it is not a true allergy, put "Steroids" under your allergies to be sure you avoid them.
  • They are powerful drugs and have many side-effects - they are best avoided unless necessary.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

BBL, Plastic Surgery and Immune Suppressants: Please Wait

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Please be patient and wait until your eczema clears and you discontinue the immune suppressants before getting your BBL. Steroids should be okay, but check with your physician. Please see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer 

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Immune Suppression and Breast Implants

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The best time to get breast implants is when you have been off your immune suppression for a period of time, so be patient, complete the treatment of your skin issues and then consider your cosmetic surgery.I suggest you read the book "10% Human" to understand the connection between diet, the human biome (bacteria that lives in your system and affects your health), and the type of health problems you are currently experiencing.  Perhaps you can get better control of your skin so that you will not need immune suppressives at all.

Deborah Ekstrom, MD
Worcester Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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