503-850-0414 Menu

Medications and Supplements to Avoid

In the two weeks leading up to your surgery, we ask that you avoid the following.

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Vitamin E (other than what is contained in your multivitamin)
  • Drugs containing aspirin compounds
  • Fish oil
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Supplements such as Garlic, Ginger, Gingko, Ginseng, turmeric

These medications and supplements can increase the risk of intraoperative and postoperative bleeding. Tylenol and other over-the-counter medications containing acetaminophen can be safely used in place of aspirin and ibuprofen to control pain and discomfort. Once the surgery is completed, the listed drugs and supplements may be restarted almost immediately since the anticoagulant effects commence well after taking the drugs.

Refrain from Tobacco Use

If you consume nicotine in any form (smoking, vaping, chewing), then please refrain from using these products for at least two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Tobacco contains nicotine, which causes constriction of the vessels that supply blood to the skin and underlying tissues. Any restriction of blood flow can negatively affect the healing process and lead to suboptimal outcomes.

Minimize Stress

Surgery can be mentally and physically stressful. It is important to clear your schedule and allow yourself time to recover from your procedure. Ensuring that you are well-rested and relaxed before surgery enables your body to better handle the stresses inherent to undergoing an operation.

Arnica and Bromelain for Swelling and Bruising

Arnica is an herb grown mainly in Siberia, Central Europe, and temperate North American climates, and Bromelain is an enzyme extract from pineapple stems. Although there is no conclusive scientific evidence regarding the benefits of arnica and bromelain after surgery, some patients have reported less swelling and bruising with their use after facial procedures.

Arnica and bromelain are available in pill form or as a topical cream to be applied directly to areas of bruising. As we have seen no harmful effects with its use, you may use these supplements after surgery according to your personal preference. Follow the usage instructions provided in the product insert.

Preparation For Surgery

Schedule Consultation

503-850-0414 Contact Us
Schedule a Consultation

May We Connect With You Via:

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

I hope this update finds all of you safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are limiting appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies that do not require a visit to the ER, immediate post-operative patients, etc.). We are still answering calls and email inquiries, so feel free to reach out with any questions or urgent requests. We are also offering virtual consultations via FaceTime or Skype to get your process started until we can see you preoperatively. Although these are difficult decisions, we feel this is important for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come into the office in the next few weeks, our Patient Care Specialist will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment or surgery.

This is an incredibly fluid and evolving situation, but we will return to our normal operations when it is safe to do so. We really appreciate your patience. Just remember that we are all in this together and that we will get through this.

Dr. Kim

Virtual Consultation