Is Arnica Safe to Use for Post-Surgery?

Is Arnica safe? What should one know about the safety of Arnica?

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Arnica is definitely a safe product. There is a fairly...

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Arnica is definitely a safe product. There is a fairly recent study in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery which indicates that in patients undergoing facelift procedures, it subjectively decreased bruising and swelling.

Which product you use will determine the quality of the ingredients. I would suggest visiting a reputable health food store in your area or a physician who deals with Arnica a great deal and they can point you in the right direction of an effective supplier.

Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Arnica is a safe product, and if used properly can assist in reducing swelling and bruising.

There are Arnica products that have been overly diluted, so you should get the product from a reputable source or get a recommendation from a trusted physician on where to buy the product.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Is arnica safe to use for post-surgery?

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Hello! Thank you for your question! The recommendations for the use of these homeopathic medications are surgeon preference. I typically suggest use Arnica to decrease swelling and bruising. It is an herbal medication that is propagated from the seeds of an herb. I, as well as my patients, have seen some benefit with the treatment in the postoperative period. Although there is little vidence to its effectiveness, I believe there are some benefit, but no harm. I recommend 4-5 tablets under the tongue 4x/day for 3-5 days prior and 5-7 days after the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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