Medications and Supplements to Avoid
In the two weeks leading up to your surgery, we ask that you avoid the following.
- 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.
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.