Surgery and Health Status

An ideal  candidate for  surgery is someone who is  both physically and emotionally healthy. Our surgeons will be able to determine your eligibility following a consultation and a discussion of your medical history.

During your consultation, it is important to provide your surgeon with details on your current health, including any current prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or supplements you may be taking. Certain medications may interfere with blood clotting or other medications used during surgery. Your surgeon  will let you know if any of your current medications must be discontinued prior to surgery.

Our surgeons do not use the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a way to preclude people from having surgery. Losing or gaining a significant amount of weight following surgery can impact your final outcome, so it is important to discuss any long-term body composition goals or changes with your surgeon during your consultation.


You will have to stop smoking anything at all prior to your procedure. Cigarette smoking inhibits blood flow, which can delay the healing process and increase your risk of complications. Ideally you should stop  smoking at least six weeks in advance of surgery, but you must stop smoking for, at minimum, at least a full three weeks prior to surgery and for three weeks after. Even a single cigarette during this period can negatively impact your healing – especially if your surgery includes nipple grafting. Nipple grafts are very sensitive to smoking and may not survive if you smoke at all.