Can Breast Augmentation Affect the Menstrual Cycle?

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Norman, Edmond, Oklahoma City & Nearby Central Oklahoma

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Posted: May 11, 2022
Torso of woman with augmented breasts

Breast augmentation is used to improve the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. During the procedure, breast implants are placed into a carefully created capsule underneath the breast tissue where they can continue to produce desirable results for several years.

Most women who choose to undergo breast augmentation do not experience any difficulties at all, but as with any procedure, long-term impacts can vary from person to person.

Will Augmentation Impact My Period?

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. It is not uncommon for general anesthesia to cause a temporary disruption of the menstrual cycle. Add to this the physical stress and strain of both surgery and recovery, and it becomes clear why your body may miss a cycle in the weeks following breast augmentation.

A missed period after breast augmentation is far from uncommon. If the issue persists for more than two months, however, it is a good idea to consult with your OBGYN. There is no known link between breast augmentation and amenorrhea, neither direct nor casual, but several missed periods may be an indication of another underlying health concern.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Breast Augmentation?

It can take up to six weeks to recover from breast augmentation surgery. During the first week, there will be restrictions on which activities you can perform, and, while most women feel comfortable returning to work after a few days, it may take up to eight weeks before advanced exercises and activities can take place.

During recovery, some swelling, bruising, and discomfort are likely. These things should resolve on their own. You can help by keeping incisions dry and clean, wearing a compression garment, and following all pre and postoperative instructions. If you have concerns during this time, Dr. Panchal can address them during your follow-up visits to help ensure your experience is as comfortable and positive as possible.

Contact Us to Learn More

Breast augmentation is a safe and effective way to add volume to the chest and improve the contours of the entire upper body. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, please call our Edmond office at 405-340-9949 or our Norman office at 405-310-6767 and schedule an appointment today.

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