Did Anyone Use Arnica Prior to Surgery?

  • Fixmyface
  • 1 year ago

Well (blush), I was googling Arnica and liked what I was reading and one link brought me to RealSelf, so I'm thinking wow, I've got to get some and when do I start? So I responded, only to realize it is posted on the breast reduction forums. Sigh....oops!  This is what I posted: "I'll have to call and make sure my surgeon gives me the okay, but I'm encouraged by what I'm reading. I bruise very easily and the bruises last for a long time. I read elsewhere topical is better, but apparently, I should take tablets for weeks prior? My surgery date is in 20 days. Should I start now? I read somewhere about vitamin K as well. Any input on that? thank you!" Has anyone use this? Or Vitamin K?

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Do any of you get the comments that you will "look beautiful or gorgeous" all the time? I am frustrated with those comments because I am realistic and feel that I will be very attractive for 69 y.o. What kind of a reply can I give to these people and worse yet, they keep wanting me to send them photos every few days.:( Thanks.
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Oh, gosh, my surgeon called a family member and told her that I was going to look absolutely amazing, stunning and that i was a beautiful woman who couldn't see that for herself, but now she (I) will. So I heard that and I'm almost in tears. I couldn't imagine what I'd look like. He told me in front of my brother that I will look amazing. So to me,that's kind of like hearing rave reviews about a movie and you go see it for yourself and are completely disappointed. That's how I feel right now. I mean I see lots of great things, but I was never all that before, so I think it raised my expectations and then came the fall. My sister in law says really kind things and thinks I look 20 years younger, but again, I don't see it. I sent photographs to one person and I wish I hadn't. I don't think you need to send anyone any if you don't feel comfortable with it. My boss was awful, I didn't want to tell him but he was carrying on so, so I did, so except for last week, he would come in and analyse my face. It was hurtful. That was the biggest reason as well that I didn't want to tell anyone, because they want to 'gawk' and are curious and they have their comments and views. But I still don't regret it. I would have regretted not going through with it. I wish I had advice to what to say to people, but I don't. Keep me posted. :-)
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Thank you. You helped me understand that people mean well but they do not realize that we are not fully healed yet and will not be for a few months. I am realistic, like you, and I just want to look pretty and younger than my real years. Thank you again....talk soon.:)
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P.S. I am glad that you had your surgery done also. Yay for us!
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A friend of mine told me that the girl I 'job share' with wanted to come in and 'see how i looked'. I said did you tell her NO! I mean I rarely see her, so don't come in to gawk. That's why I felt it would be since her and my boss talk about it. He was supposed to keep my surgery confidential. I told him do not tell her...but he did. I'm still pretty upset over it... but what do they expect to see ? He wanted me to come back the 2nd week and I said I couldn't. later he said well, it's a good thing so and so came in to work for you because I know a man who had surgery and didn't follow doctor's orders and had to have it done again. I thought gee, what a guy! you'd risk that happening to me... Hopefully we will both look pretty and younger when it's all said and done!
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Hi again. How are you doing? As far as poeple wanting to see us, I feel like you do....wait until we are more healed; we are not ready for all the scrutiny! I am bored beyond belief - eat, sleep, watch movies and go to the mall at night to people watch. One side of my face is healing and the other side is still a disaster. It is very hard and bruised and now the bruising has worked it way to my neck. My scalp itches constantly so I put cool water on it during the day and finally have to take a Benydryl at night so that I can sleep. Wednesday will be 3 weeks and I have my 3rd p.o. visit. When is your next p.o. visit? Look forward to hearing how you are doing.
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Hi Cassielin! I've been sick. Terrible head cold. I've had it all the month of Jan, but then a week ago today just as I thought I was getting over it finally, I got hit with it or some other virus again, but this one kicked my butt. Maybe it was the flu, but I dont' think so. I did have some nausea though. Needless to say that hasn't helped how I look and feel. It turned into a sinus infection which caused MORE swelling, but it's up under my eyes and hurts. I had to take my kids out last night to the store and I felt like a freak. I hear you regarding one side of the face healing and the other not. My left side has these hard ridges and lumps. I look carved out of stone. They used to be up higher, but very slowly they are moving downward. This morning I have swelling under my chin again. Yesterday it looked like the swelling was resolving there, but no such luck. I was supposed to work at a festival yesterday but I was too sick. I was worried how I would look. Some days I think my eyes are getting better. I thought they would be the first to heal, but the sides look funny and I still have wrinkles. Once my PS said they would go away because it's swelling, but it's not. my left eyelid itself is really swollen. i wish it would go away. Do you find where you have your incisions it gets oily? That's what makes my scalp itch. It's like something changed because of the surgery. My scalp is oily now? You're 3 weeks and I'm going on 5 I think? Awful, I can't remember. I had my doctor's visit last monday. It didn't go well for me. First off, I was sick, secondly, they had a med student. I saw one doctor first who worked along side my surgeon and he was more into using me as the poster child for plastic surgery.... I would ask about something and I rather found myself quite upset with him in that he was more focused on showing off for the med student. That's how it came across to me anyway. He was just different. Not as personable as he was without the student (a very pretty girl, naturally) He went out and apparently told my surgeon all my concerns. He comes in and says oh, you are ahead of schedule in your healing (well, no, I'm not)...I thought ok, lip service for me and this is all for the student...I left very discouraged. Oh, the other doctor when I questioned about my eyes he said "You needed a brow lift for that." I said oh, great, I suppose now I have to start saving for that... so now every day I'm pulling up on my brow but still hoping my swelling goes and I won't need that. Had I knew I needed a brow lift and not upper bleph...my surgeon never indicated that that was what I needed. I don't go back until April 1st now. Aren't you sorry for inquiring now lol. I have good days, but not as many as the bad, but right now the biggest issue is the sickness which makes me look about 80 with all the crusting around my nose from blowing it so much lol! Ugh. When you are out in public do you feel all the odd sensations from the surgery and feel like everyone can see what you see and feel? It's so unnerving at times. Keep in touch! I look forward to your updates too.
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Oh, I wanted to tell you that I stumbled onto MassagebyHeather.com (think that's the name. She has a blog, but I found her youtube videos first and she has a lymph drainage vid if you are congested to move fluid from your face. I was doing that today, I really could feel it moving out. I think I'd have to do it 10 times a day for a month to get all my swelling and fluid out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA-wi0d7-Ro Self-Lymph Drainage she's got a lot of videos, a website and a blog. I was checking her out today.
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I am glad that I asked about you. I really feel badly for you....it is hard enough going through the surgery but being sick to boot, is horrible. I had an advantage in that I knew 2 people who had it done with my surgeon so I saw their progress which was a bit better than mine. Those friends did extensive research on this surgeon and he is truly one of the best in South Florida. My upper lids were good but my eyebrows were saggy looking so that is why I asked for the brow lift. It was a good choice because it helped my upper lids look even more 'open' and my eyebrows are where they should be - maybe a bit high for now that my forehead is very swollen they look good. I am not bruised on my forehead....at least not yet.:) I do not have an oily scalp because it itches so much that I wash it every day. It feels like bugs are crawling through my entire scalp and now my neck has that crawly feeling. I take Benadryl so that I can get to sleep at night. On Wednesday, it will be 3 weeks and I think overall, I am doing ok. So far, no one has stared alot and if I see them looking, I just say "had a facelift". Their reply is that I look like I will have a good result. I guess people don't know if I was beaten up or what. I hope you start feeling better with the cold and please, sleep as much as you can. Talk soon.
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Glad that is has helped you. I'm glad that I don't have any sinus problems.
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Do you think I will be able to walk by elderly dog 2 days after a FL?
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I'm sorry, for some reason I never saw these posts. I dont' know if you would want to walk your dog, but seeing you had your surgery on January 23rd, were you able to get out and walk your dog? Actually, there is no reason you couldn't. You may not have wanted to walk around the block all bruised and swollen, but if it didn't bother you, you could It's been 1 month, 2 days since my surgery. Some times, like last week, I thought I'm really going to love it...but then I don'tknow if I had too much sodium and didn't realize it, or the 8 mile walk I took yesterday, or the fact that I've had a cold that doesn't quit the entire month of January and it just renewed itself again yesterday (sigh)...but I've been feeling like a concrete gargoyle. The worst of the swelling went down, only to show lumps and bumps. My upper lids are doing funky things I don't like. Other days they look great, but not the last 5 or 6 days. But this too shall pass. Let me know how your surgery went!
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Hello and thanks for writing. I replied to you and then I got a "sign-in" and my reply got lost. Here goes again. I hope you are feeling better...stay rested and take it easy. My surgeon had me take tons of supplements for 2 weeks before and a prednisone dose-pak and antibiotics for 10 days afterwards. I am still very swollen and bruised. I did hire a pet sitter for 4 days which was a big help. I was very tired when I stayed up more than 2 hours at a time. I used ice packs and watched every TV show imagineable. I feel so good but I am not really presentable in public so I do out later at night to the grocery store or to a mall in another town.:) My surgeon told me before the FL that it will take at least 2 full months to see the permanent results. I also had the benefit of knowing and seeing 2 freinds who had the surgery done and they look great after almost 2 months. Time will heal and everyone heals at a different rate. Your body is still trying to recuperate so keep well-rested and well hydrated. I'll keep you formed and I hope you feel better!
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Cassielin, what exactly did you have done? I didn't take any supplements. I took arnica andI"m not sure if it really did anything or not. I was on anti-biotics for about a week. No prednisone. I couldn't watch much tv as my eyes hurt...even now they are extremely light sensitve. Some days more than others. I had to drive an hour home from my PS andwow, it was a bad day for my eyes. even with sunglasses. They burned and teared up. I'm always putting drops in them, but does't seem to help. Other days they seem fine. I guess it has to do with swelling behind the eyes now and then. I thought I looked awful today but I got the kudos from him but like I said to him, I'm having a bad face day (like a bad hair day);.. Yes, please do keep me informed and good luck to you.
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I am Cassielin and I was smart and hired a pet sitter for 4 days. Really glad that I did!
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Hi FixMyFace, I had a lot done. Face lift, neck lift, lower eyes and a brow lift. With all that, I think I am doing fine. Our bodies need a lot of time to recuperate and it takes many months to see a good result (I'm told). If I need 'tweaking", it will be done within a year at no charge. However, I don't know if they will use local or real anesthesia to ut me under. I will deal with that later on in the year.:) Glad your surgeon gave you good news....we are our own worst critic.:) I think the supplements were a good idea and my food intake was to stay away from salt(promotes swelling), white carbs, etc. I tend to eat healthy anyway so I ate tons of egg whites, fruits and veggies. My eyes were extremely dry and hurt, just as your did. I used drops and they didn't really help. Now they are fine.
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Hi Fixmyface, Are you happy with your FL? I am having mine done on 1/23/13. I am taking Arnica pellets 30c 10 days before and 10 days after.
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I am scheduled for a facelift on 1/23/13. I am taking Arnica Montana pellets 30c for 10 days before and 10 days after. I will keep you posted as to my outcome.
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Health food store or at an aestitician's office.
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My doctor in Mexico told me not to use it. My surgery is on January 10th. Does anyone know why I should not be taking it?
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Really? Well, that's scary. I got some gel and tablets today at GNC. On the bottle it says it's recommended by plastic surgeons. I can't think of any reason why you couldn't. I'll mention it to my surgeon tomorrow. I have pre-admission screening and later in the day an appointment with him.
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I would really appreciate any information. I have used it in the past for surgery to help reduce bruising, but this surgeon does not recommed it. Are you getting anxious?
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Hi Mexicolou. I talked to the PA first and she never heard of it and said she wouldn't recommend it and that she doesn't recall my surgeon ever mentioning it and she's worked along side him since she'd became a PA. She said he's so excellent, all his patients healed remarkably. I don't know what to tell you. When he came in to talk to me, he was so excited about it all and told me all he was going to do and introduced me to some of his team He also said that for the first year, anything that I do not like, if something is off, or there'' s sagging anywhere, he will correct, free of charge. He eased a lot of my anxiety and before I left he said no anxiety, be excited! I've been hearing really, really good things about him by people in the medical things, more than good, amazing, so I'm feeling quite good. Surgery is at 8:15 a.m. I have to be there at 6:45 a.m.
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I am so excited for you!! Reading some of this stuff can be pretty scary and make you question a decision that you put much time and research in. Please keep us posted to your surgery. You will do great. Praying for you Fixmyface!!!
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I can't believe they have never heard of arnica. It's been around a long time. It's a natural way of healing.
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