Menstrual Cycle After Tummy Tuck

Men and women (in particular) tend to have a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty with me in Montreal to get rid of extra belly fat after traditional methods like dieting and exercise have failed. Like other surgical procedures, there is a fairly lengthy recovery process, and the patient will experience some level of discomfort. However, most surgeons agree that an abdominoplasty doesn’t directly have an impact on a woman’s menstrual cycle. However, the stress of a surgical period can have an impact. If a woman misses her periods after surgery, it may be because of the stress that the procedure may have caused.

In this article, we’ll consider how long can surgery delay your period and signs of internal bleeding after tummy tuck.

Menstrual Cycle After Tummy Tuck

Women planning on plastic surgery often voice concern over their menstrual cycle and the timing of surgery. Many are concerned that having their period at the same time as their surgery may cause some issues. It is completely safe to have surgery when on your period because women do not have an elevated risk of problems. Although some women have menstruation symptoms including cramping in the abdomen and modest breast soreness and swelling, these symptoms don’t usually have an impact on the surgical procedure.

If you have surgery scheduled and expect your period to coincide with surgery it is fine to use your normal female hygiene products. Patients can use the restroom right before surgery and then again after. Your menses won’t affect the use of a urinary catheter if your surgery lasts longer than 3 hours.

Also be prepared for a possible change in your cycle after a surgical procedure. Any stress such as surgery can affect your circulating hormone levels and can change the regularity of your cycle.

Although it seems awful to get your period on the day of your surgery and inconvenient during your recovery, don’t stress it. Regardless of where you are in your menstrual cycle, you can proceed with your plastic surgical procedure without worry.

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Will you not get your period during your recovery?

You will not get your period during your recovery, but you may have spotting and cramping.

To understand why this happens, it’s important to know what happens in the uterus during a menstrual cycle. The lining of the uterus thickens each month and sheds every 28 days if there is no pregnancy. When you have surgery on or near this area, tissue damage occurs which can cause bleeding as well as changes in hormone levels. There is no way to predict how long your postoperative recovery process will take because of these variables and others that are specific to each person’s body and surgical history; however, it is typical for women to resume sexual activity sooner after tummy tuck surgery than with other abdominal surgeries like bariatric procedures (i.e., gastric bypass).

What if you have an irregular period after liposuction?

You may not notice a change in your period until after the first few months. You may have a heavier flow and more cramps than before surgery, which is normal.Make an immediate appointment with your doctor if you are bleeding heavily.

Will losing a lot of fat cause an irregular period after surgery?

Your menstrual cycle could alter if you lose a lot of weight. This is because the hypothalamus gland becomes smaller and produces less estrogen. As a result, your ovaries produce fewer eggs and hormones that control your period.

The same thing happens when you’re under stress or have an anxiety disorder; these conditions can also cause irregular periods. Your body increases cortisol and prolactin levels in response to the stressor, which causes more fluid retention than normal—leading to irregular bleeding patterns in some women.

Other causes of irregular periods include:

  • A change in birth control method (i.e., going off the pill)
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding cycles (which are heavily dependent on hormones)

When will your period return to normal?

When your periods return to normal can vary widely. Following surgery, it’s typical for your period to be erratic for up to six months, and it could take even longer before you resume a regular monthly cycle. The average time before your cycle returns to its normal length is four months post-surgery, but some women may experience a longer delay in regaining their cycles.

Please get in touch with our office right away if you have any concerns regarding your menstrual cycle following a tummy tuck so we can speak with you more on the phone or in person. We will try our best to prevent any serious medical problems from occurring as a result of prolonged starvation, malnutrition, etc., and we will do everything we can to allay any worries you may have regarding your body’s recovery process and ensure that there are no issues affecting your health related to lack of proper nutrition or hydration during this time frame.

What are other symptoms of an irregular menstrual cycle after surgery?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important that you speak with your doctor:

Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area

Bleeding (if this is more than a normal period)

Cramping or pain in the lower abdomen that lasts for several days. This may be caused by endometriosis, which is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of uterus grows outside of uterus on other organs. Your doctor can perform tests to find out if this is related to your surgery and suggest treatment options if necessary.

Why does getting a period hurt more now than before surgery?

You may find that your period is more painful after surgery. It’s unclear why this is happening, but it might have something to do with the fact that your abdominal cavity is smaller and your uterus has less room. Following a belly tuck, some women discover their periods are less unpleasant, while others feel more agony.

It’s normal to experience some pain during your period, but you should see a doctor if the pain worsens or continues after a few days. If you develop fever and abdominal pain along with irregular bleeding that lasts longer than two weeks or has heavy clots in it (called “clotting”), see your doctor immediately because these are signs of infection or other medical issues that need immediate treatment before they become serious problems!

What if the pain and bleeding become worse than normal?

If you experience any of the following signs, you should consult a medical professional:

Pain that is greater than normal.

Bleeding that is heavier than usual.

Some issues with periods after surgery are normal, but others are not.

There are many different symptoms that can occur during or after a tummy tuck procedure. Some issues with periods after surgery are normal, but others are not. See your doctor right away if you’re experiencing a lot of discomfort, bleeding, or other symptoms.

You should call your doctor immediately away if your period is 2 weeks or more late and you haven’t taken any medication to make it go away. Adenomyosis or endometriosis, an abnormal growth in the uterus, may be the cause (a condition that occurs when endometrial tissue grows into the muscular wall of the uterus).

If you’ve had a tummy tuck and are experiencing pain or bleeding, it can be scary. It’s important to remember that there are many reasons why this might happen. Always start by speaking with your doctor and explaining your symptoms to them. They will help determine if it is something they can treat or if they need another specialist involved in your care. If not treated properly, some issues could lead to serious complications down the road so it is vital that we provide proper care right away!

How Long Can Surgery Delay Your Period

It is not unusual for patients’ menstrual cycles to be delayed after surgery. This typically resumes its normal cycle 2-3 months after surgery; if not a visit with your GYN will be helpful.

Signs Of Internal Bleeding After Tummy Tuck

What are some of the tummy tuck risks you should be aware of before you have this surgery? Most serious complications associated with abdominoplasty (those resulting in hospitalization) are not very common. However, other non-life threatening problems such as less-than-ideal aesthetic results occur pretty frequently. More extensive forms of abdominoplasty (such as the Fleur-de-lys that uses a T incision) have a high rate of complications with wound healing compared to a traditional tummy tuck that has only a horizontal incision. Overweight patients and those who smoke tend to have higher than average tummy tuck complication rates.

The list of tummy tuck risks below includes both very rare and fairly common complications for this extensive and invasive plastic surgery. An experienced plastic surgeon can discuss your personal risk profile based on your medical history, the elasticity of your skin, the type of abdominoplasty you need, your lifestyle, and other factors. That way, you can make an informed decision about whether the risks are worth it for you. Be sure to get answers to all your questions prior to signing the informed consent form. This may include asking what course of action your surgeon would take if you do have a complication. Knowing what to expect in advance can help you identify potential warning signs of a complication and help you stay calm if something does go wrong.

Tummy Tuck Risks During the Operation

Adverse reaction to anesthesia resulting in respiratory failure or cardiac arrest is the most serious risk since it can cause death. However, the chances of this actually happening are extremely small. If you do have a history of allergic or adverse reactions to anesthesia, you are not a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Sometimes, patients may go into shock simply from the physical trauma of the surgery itself (especially for an extensive abdominoplasty or one done in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures). Limiting yourself to one cosmetic surgery at a time is usually the wisest course of action.

Excessive bleeding is another potentially serious side effect. This is most common in patients who are taking medications that interfere with normal blood clotting. Since there are literally hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can thin the blood and affect clotting, it is vital for you to disclose ALL substances you are taking prior to surgery. Your surgeon will let you know what is safe to keep taking, if you need to adjust your dosage, or if you should stop taking a medication temporarily.

Surgical error such as unintentional damage to important blood vessels is another potential risk during abdominoplasty surgery. Every surgeon makes mistakes at some point. However, this is much more likely with an inexperienced surgeon or one who agrees to do the surgery even for patients who are poor candidates. To protect yourself from this risk, you should thoroughly research the background and reputation of the surgeon you choose for your abdominoplasty. If you are turned down by one or more surgeons based on your risk profile, you should reconsider whether getting the surgery is really a good idea for you.

Tummy Tuck Risks During Early Recovery

The first week or two after tummy tuck surgery is the time when a number of serious complications may arise. These include:

  • Post-operative bleeding (in extreme cases, this may require additional surgery to stop the blood loss)
  • Fluid accumulation (the fluid may need to be drained)
  • Bloods clots including deep vein or pulmonary thrombosis which can be fatal (walking as soon as possible after surgery may help reduce this risk)
  • Fat necrosis causing lumps under the skin (fatty tissue that has its blood supply disrupted by the surgery may start to die)
  • Wound separation (the edges of the wound don’t knit together and the skin at the edges may die leading to permanent skin loss and the need for additional surgery to close the wound)
  • Wound infection (this may be treated with antibiotics if mild and with additional surgery if severe)

The following side effects generally occur beginning immediately after surgery and persist for a long period of time:

  • Pain ranging from moderate to severe. This is managed with prescription pain medication. Following post-operative instructions for rest and limiting activity may reduce the severity and duration of pain.
  • Swelling is a side effect that everyone experiences. Wearing the compression garment as directed will help reduce swelling and associated discomfort.
  • Skin discoloration such as bruising around the surgical site. This should fade over time.
  • Numbness, tingling, discomfort or other changes in skin sensation around the incision that may linger for many months.

Warning Signs After Tummy Tuck

The decision to undergo abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery could be either the first step or the last step in your journey for a better-looking body. Whether your belly skin is loose from having children or from rapid weight loss, a tummy tuck is likely to be the solution. It involves removing excess skin and fat, as well as tightening the abdominal muscles. It’s a significant procedure, but one that Austin-Weston’s plastic surgeons perform over 300 times per year.

A tummy tuck involves risks, including a few that come with any surgical procedure, such as bleeding or infection. Abdominoplasties also incur specific risks that you should fully understand and consider before moving forward with the procedure.


A tummy tuck requires a long incision—from hip bone to hip bone. That scar can get raised or irregular after surgery. These cosmetic outcomes can be addresses and improved once you’ve healed from the abdominoplasty, but the scar is permanent.

The biggest risk in the scarring is that the healing gets prolonged and worsened by inadequate blood flow.  This can happen for a number of reasons, but the most common relate to what happens during surgery and in the immediate aftermath.  You can help maximize blood flow to the scar by not smoking (see below), but we like to check your scar the day after surgery to make sure things look perfect. (To make things more convenient, we have an overnight facility in our office where you can spend the night.  That way we come to see you the next day instead of the other way around!)


After a tummy tuck, expect numbness. Your lower abdomen will feel numb near the scar after a tummy tuck on its own. You can have abdominal numbness if you combine liposuction with your tummy tuck (the removal of fat deposits using suction). Normally, it only takes a few weeks for sensation to return to the area, although it can be numb for up to a year.

Lumps and Bumps

After a tummy tuck, little lumps and bumps can sometimes be seen or felt in the area. These can last for a few weeks until the internal sutures dissolve and some of the swelling goes away. Occasionally, the uneven appearance will last longer. If you’re experiencing lumps and bumps three months after surgery, you should return to your doctor for assessment. Additional liposuction or fat grafting may be required. The risk of this occurring with our experienced plastic surgeons is rare. If it happens, Austin-Weston will do our best to take care of you and correct the area to your satisfaction.

Blood Clots

The most serious risk for patients undergoing a tummy tuck arises from tightening the abdominal muscles. The cosmetic result means a flat, firm profile for your belly. However, you should be aware that tightening the muscles can be uncomfortable, especially when you take deep breaths or cough after surgery.  Taking deep breaths (and moving your feet up and down to flex your calf muscles) is crucial to moving blood back to the heart any time, but especially after your surgery.  Because of your muscle tightening, you may not want to do it, but its important, and we give you a special machine called an “incentive inspirometer” to encourage you to do it.  Slow blood flow back to the heart to could lead to the formation of a clot in the leg, and if that clot travels to your lungs, the risk is serious, and can even be fatal.

The surgical team takes various precautions during the process to prevent the development of blood clots, including applying devices to the legs to simulate blood flow and making sure the body is kept warm and hydrated throughout.

After the surgery, in addition to the incentive inspirometer, patients are given blood-thinning medication which is self-administered by injecting it into the thigh starting the day after surgery. This an extra precaution, is one of those  “above and beyond” measures that most practices don’t require, but Austin-Weston considers an important addition to post-operative care to minimize risk as much as possible.

What You Can Do

There are several things you can do prior to tummy tuck surgery to lower your risks. The staff will provide you with a thorough list of preventative measures you may take to ensure the success of your stomach tuck during your consultation. The following are the most crucial:

  • Don’t smoke. Smokers have a higher risk of problems during the wound-healing period. With such a long incision required for the tummy tuck, being smoke-free is imperative. If you are a smoker, quit for a month prior to the surgery, and your risk of the wound reopening in spots or taking longer to heal is considerably less.
  • At the consultation, tell your surgeon about all medications you take. Some might lead to complications during surgery, so bring a complete list with dosages noted. Don’t forget to include over-the-counter medications, too!
  • Make sure your weight is stable. Tummy tuck candidates don’t have to be a particular weight, but if you’re planning on losing pounds or your weight fluctuates often, talk to your doctor about how to achieve stability to ensure the best-looking result. There is no ideal number for tummy tuck candidates. In fact, if you’re a little heavier, it’s easier for the doctor to predict your results. So, no crash diets before surgery!
  • After a tummy tuck or liposuction, if you lose a few pounds, that’s great! But if you gain 15, 20, 30 pounds it will reverse the effects of the procedure and could be difficult to correct.

Your period is a normal part of life, but it’s still hard to deal with when you’re recovering from surgery. It can be especially difficult if your menstrual cycle after tummy tuck takes longer than expected or becomes irregular.

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