What does birth control have to do with a breast augmentation?
When we say ‘birth control’ we mean the hormone medications (specifically ones containing estrogen) women take as a form of contraceptive. The ‘pill’, NuvaRing, or hormonal patches.
The reason is because birth control pills can increase the risk of a patient getting a blood clot after surgery.
A blood clot (or Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT) usually occurs in the arm or leg, and is a serious medical issue.
Birth control pills don’t cause blood clots, but they do increase the risk of getting one (even without surgery factored-in) because they increase the levels of clotting factors in the blood. It’s a low risk (1 in 1,000 women on birth control will develop a blood clot) but that risk increases in certain circumstances. One such circumstance is following a surgical procedure.
For this reason, women who use an estrogen-based birth control method and are having general anesthesia for their breast augmentation will be advised by their Board Certified plastic surgeon to stop their birth control 2 weeks before surgery and not start taking it again until 2 weeks after surgery (and sometimes a little longer). This is to lower the risk of getting a blood clot following surgery.
It really is a case of safety first.
Your Board Certified surgeon will run through the appropriate pre-surgical preparations tailored to you and your surgery during your consultation. Your pre-op visit is the time to review your past medical history and any meds you’re currently taking or have previously discontinued so your surgeon can make recommendations, ensuring that your surgery is safe and any risks are minimized.