Can You Have Plastic Surgery on Your Period?
It can be stressful to try and plan everyday activities around your period – and even more so when it comes to a major event like surgery. If you’re considering plastic surgery, then you’ve likely considered the possibility that your surgery date falls on your period. Fortunately, there’s less to worry about than you might think! Here’s what to know about being on your period during surgery and how to prepare.
It’s logical to think that bleeding from your period can impact the safety of your surgery, but this is rarely the case. In fact, most plastic surgery procedures have very little blood loss when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. It’s more important that your plastic surgeon checks your blood work ahead of surgery to make sure everything is within normal range. Likely, if you don’t progress to surgery because of abnormal blood work, it’s related to a separate issue, not your period.
It’s fine to wear your normal hygiene products on the day of your surgery like pads, tampons, cups, or discs. However, it’s a good idea to let your surgical team know so they can plan accordingly in the rare event of an emergency or if a urinary catheter is needed (in the case of longer surgeries). If you’re scheduled for a longer surgery and have a heavy flow that day, make sure to plan accordingly with a heavier tampon or pad to avoid bleeding through. You’ll be able to use the bathroom before you go into surgery, and it can be a good idea to change to a fresh one just in case.
It’s possible to see changes in your menstrual cycle after plastic surgery because of the stress on your body. After a major surgery, you’ll spend significant time healing which can be taxing on your body. Your period may become irregular for a while, but it should go back to normal as your body returns to full strength in the months afterward.
Dealing with your period during recovery can be an added layer of discomfort. Depending on your procedure, it may be difficult to change pads or cups, so it may be better to switch to pads if you don’t use them already. You may also be limited when it comes to showering for the first few days so consider baby wipes to clean up. Also, make sure to stock up on period products ahead of your procedure if you’re anticipating your period since you won’t be able to run errands for several days. Finally, be careful using heating pads on areas like your stomach if you’ve undergone a tummy tuck since this can exacerbate swelling.
It can be beneficial to find ways to make yourself as comfortable as possible when it comes to managing your period and your recovery since it will add an extra challenge to resting and healing. Always make sure to reach out to your plastic surgeon if you have questions about your aftercare steps and how to manage your period during recovery.
If you’re ready to take the next step and meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon, then contact us to schedule a private consultation. Dr. Paul Angelchik is a leading plastic surgeon in the greater Glendale area and can be reached by calling (602) 932-0393 or by filling out our online contact form.