Recommend Taking Arnica Montana After Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation?

I am wondering if this really helps with swelling and bruising? I am going in for a tt and breast aug July 6 and would like to start taking or know what I can take after to help out. Does anyone recommend this?

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Arnica after tummy tuck and breast augmentation?

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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 evidence to its effectiveness, I believe there is 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!

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover Recovery

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Thank you for your question.

In my practice, we do recommend Arnica for post surgery recovery to help with swelling and bruising.  I would highly recommend that you speak to your surgeon and his/her staff to make see what they recommend.

Good Luck!

Supplements for surgery

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Omega 3 fats (e.g. fish oil, EFA, flax seed oil, Krill oil), NSAID's (aspirin, ibuprofen, naprosyn), Vitamin E, "blood thinners" and a whole host of supplements and medicines can cause excessive bleeding and bruising and therefore increase your recovery time. When in doubt stay away from supplements unless they are designed for surgery. I offer to my patients specific supplements that speed healing, reduce swelling, bruising and in some cases minimize discomfort (for example Bromelain, Arnica Montanum, and Vitamins designed for surgery.

Bottom Line: Certain vitamins and minerals can speed healing others can cause problems and slow the process down or cause complications. If healing is going well I usually let my patients go back to their usual regimen of supplements

Check with your doctor as only your doctor would have access to your medical history and what would be best for you. We typically allow our patients to continue their supplements 10 days post op if their recovery is going well.

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I reccomend arnica

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I reccomend arnica to my patients; however, you do best to ask your own doctor what he or she reccomends. Each of us has a different protocol before surgery.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Arnica with tummy tuck surgery

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Thank you for your question.  It is unlikely that Arnica (either taken orally or applied topically) will have any real effect on post-op bruising or swelling.  That said, it is a fairly harmless medication, and I often tell patients to classify it in the category of "can't hurt, might help".  If patients choose to take it, any effect they are experiencing, however, is likely a placebo effect.

Is Arnica helpful for a mommy makeover?

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I do like for my mommy makeover patients to take arnica before and after the surgery. It is a homeopathic medication, meaning it is highly diluted and not very potent, but it probably helps a little bit to reduce bruising. Good luck with your surgery.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Arnica Montana After a Mommy Makeover

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It depends on what your board-certified Plastic Surgeon recommends according to your procedure and medical records. She or he will discuss your pre-op preparations before your surgery. Also, such supplements  may be provided for you with your pre-op material and prescriptions that you will need in time for recovery.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling is not uncommon after a tummy tuck and typically lasts quite a while. 80% has resolved by 3 months and the rest takes up to a year to resolve. You have to be patient with the healing process.
There is no great data on whether Arnica helps it not. Enjoy your new look!Sheila Nazarian

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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I know that some offices recommend this product for surgery. The best way to prevent bruising after surgery is with good surgical technique ie. stop the bleeding so there is no bruising. I have it and will supply the patients with it if they would like. I do not feel this herb is of any use at all but it is certainly not discouraged if the patients feel strongly about using it.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

Does Arnika Benefit Surgical Results

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The use of Anica to decrease bruising and swelling and thus improve post surgical results is controversial even amongst those who believe in homeopathic and herbal remedies. Scientific and substantiated evidence of improvements with Anica are not available.  Most importantly, a person considering using Anica, or any herbal supplement ,  must consult with the surgeon who will perform the operation and also the anesthesia group who will provide anesthesia.  Even with the approval of the surgeon the anesthesia group can deny providing their services if they do not know or approve of the herbal supplement.  DO NOT hide the use of the herbal supplements.  Those who refuse to provide surgery or anesthesia to those using any particular herbal supplement may have very good reasons for their positions.

John K. Long, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon

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