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When Should I Begin Taking Arnica Montana for my TT??

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Arnica before Tummy Tuck

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Although I've had a good experience with Arnica for my facial plastic surgery patients, I do not think there is strong evidence supporting the role of Arnica with a tummy tuck.  At the same time, I do not think there is a big down side to it either.  So if your PS advocating for Arnica before a tummy tuck, please ask him/her about his/her specific protocol.  Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Dr. Basu

Housotn, TX

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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No need for arnica in a tummy tuck

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Arnica is best for minimizing brusing after facial surgery.  A tummy tuck shouldn't bruise really at all unless it also has liposuction so there isn't much benefit from arnica for you.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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No evidence that arnica decreases bruising for a tummy tuck or any operation.

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I would advise against arnica.  There is no evidence that it helps bruising and one study suggested that it might even make bleeding worse when taken in high doses.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Arnica for tummy tuck

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Thank you for the question. The clinical effect of arnica on minimizing bruising after surgery is debatable. Generally speaking the bruising after tummy tuck is minimal and usually not a concern for many patients since it alway hidden under cloths. 

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Does Arnica help prevent bruising?

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Hocus pocus. There is no scientific evidence that Arnica helps prevent bruising. Most physicians know this perfectly well, but prescribe it anyway because patients expect it; and in the homeopathic doses used, it probably does no harm.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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