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?

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

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!

I reccomend arnica

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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Supplements for surgery

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.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, 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
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Does Arnika Benefit Surgical Results

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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Arnica Montana for bruising after tummy tuck and breast augmentation

Althoiugh I frequently recommend this product because of its relatively high safety profile and anecdotal reports, I am not aware of any study which truly documents the benefits or the optimal dose or preparation.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Arnica for post op bruising and swelling

There are only a few good clinica studies on the use of arnica montana, a homeopathic herb, for minimizing swelling and bruising with surgery. It 's hard to make a strong case for using it based on the science although there is some evidence that it is useful, and it probably won't hurt. You would only need to start it the day before. Make sure you communicate with your surgeon about this, and if you decide to use be sure that you are getting the doses that have been tested clinically. Too high a dose can have the opposite effect. One brand is VitaMedica.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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