When it comes to plastic surgery of any kind, you want to set yourself up for success. Of course, with many aspects of treatment, the results are simply out of your hands, and there is only so much you can do to help ensure a good outcome. The most important factor, of course, is your plastic surgeon, but the other major factor you can control is your pre and post-operative care. It is extremely important to follow all of your doctor’s guidelines, but some of these you may not have expected, or ever thought could be an issue. Many patients are surprised, for instance, to hear that many supplements and herbal remedies are not approved for use before or after facial surgery.
Which Are Off Limits?
There are many supplements that should not be used prior to and following surgery. While the following list is not a complete record of the supplements that should be avoided, it is a good place to start. Make sure to cut these from your routine several weeks before and after surgery:
- Vitamin E
- Flaxseed Oil
- Fish Oil
- St. John’s Wort
Check Your OTC Drugs
In addition to supplements, herbal treatments, and homeopathic remedies, you will also need to consider any over-the-counter drugs you take regularly for any reason. Some, like ibuprofen and aspirin, are off-limits, as they can increase bleeding risk and cause other complications. Talk to your doctor about safe alternatives for pain or illness should you need these medications in the weeks leading up to surgery.
What They Affect
The most common effect that supplements have on surgical patients is an increased risk for bleeding. However, there can be other negative effects, depending on the supplement, such as anesthesia complications, cardiovascular risks, and interactions with prescribed drugs. Some of these can impact the healing process in a negative way, or otherwise be detrimental to the process.
Better Safe Than Sorry—Be Honest and Disclose Everything
When you and your surgeon are going over your medical history and medications, you must remember to disclose any supplements and over-the-counter drugs you take. Many patients neglect to mention these medications, thinking that these are insignificant to the process, but not disclosing these can lead to complications, both in the surgical phase and the healing phase.
It may be a hassle to have to monitor your intake of every medication and supplement, but it is extremely important to do so for your safety and results. Remember, a little hassle during the preparation and recovery period will pay dividends when you enjoy your beautiful results. It is better to be safe than sorry and ask your doctor about anything you’re not sure about, and check that any medications you want or need will not put you at risk for complications.
A Knowledgeable Provider
In order to get sound advice and beautiful results, you will need to enlist the help of a skilled, board certified facial plastic surgeon. Only a knowledgeable provider will have the experience and ability to provide you with the information you need to succeed. Great results require the cooperation of doctor and patient, so be sure you choose an expert with whom you have a rapport.
If you would like to speak with a facial surgery specialist in the Toronto area, come to Revesse and meet with experienced and renowned surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is highly skilled in helping patients meet their goals with customized, natural-looking results. Call 416-438-2499 today to schedule your consultation.