Bromelain and arnica with plastic surgery
I have found bromelain and arnica very useful to decease postop bruising, and in my practice we provide nutrition kits that include peri-operative vitamins as well as bromelain and arnica. Before recommending the bromelain and arnica to all my patients, years ago I had tried these agents with my facial trauma patients and I was amazed how much their bruising and swelling resolved when I saw them next, either for follow-up or for surgery.
I recommend starting the bromelain and arnica after the surgery because some articles have described some intraoperative bleeding problems in patients who began these supplements 2 or 3 days preop.
How to minimize bruising after cosmetic surgery
The most important thing to do to minimize bruising prior to breast augmentation surgery (or any cosmetic surgery for that matter) is to avoid medications that can cause bleeding. This includes aspirin, ibuprophen (advil, motrin), naproxyn (naprosyn or aleve), and similar drugs. Tylenol is okay to take in small amounts. It's also best to avoid vitamins and other supplements.
I advise my patients to stop taking these medications and supplements for 2 weeks before and for 2 weeks after their surgery. Good nutrition is important both before and after surgery, so I also recommend a healthy diet which will include enough vitamins that supplements should not be necessary.
I have tried both arnica and bromelain supplements with my patients over the years, and really have not found either one to make much difference in swelling or bruising. It is more important to avoid strenuous activity, avoid aspirin-like medications, and also if possible to minimize coughing, vomiting or otherwise raising your blood pressure after surgery. I always prescribe a medication to prevent nausea and vomiting for my patients, as this makes for less bleeding, less bruising, and a much more tolerable recovery.
Arnica and bromelain for plastic surgery recovery
As Dr. Aldea has said, these can be very helpful. I especially like to use them in facial cases more than in breast cases. Nevertheless, they can't hurt.
As an aside, a 350 Mentor implant will give a nice result for you but you will probably be bigger than a B after. More like a C cup, I expect. But it's the look than counts not the cup size.
Arnica Montana and Quercetin Bromelain for Cosmetic Surgery
I have been using Arnica Montana and Quercetin Bromelain in my Cosmetic Surgery cases for years and am convinced they are associated with less swelling and bruising. We offer them pre-operatively to all our patients. Some decline and most use them. The results have been quite convincing.
There are several companies that sell them to doctors' offices. You can find them on-line.
Good Luck on the 21st.
Arnica and Bromelain with surgery
There have been a few studies indicating that these supplements assist in minimization/resolution of swelling and bruising with plastic surgery procedures.
I do not think they are necessary for you to have a pleasing outcome or experience, but do believe that in my own practice the patients who have chosen to use them (we offer them as an option for those interested) have generally felt their experience was better and easier than friends who did not take them.
Homeopathics and breast augmentation
I use Arnica for all of my facial cosmetic surgery patients. I haven't found any significant difference in my breast patients, as they typically don't have any bruising. However, i would suggest just speaking with your surgeon prior to starting these meds as some surgeons do have strong opinions about homeopathics. Good luck with your surgery! /nsn
Arnica and Bromelain may be helpful with bruising and swelling. This may help for the post-op care. There are some studies that suggest the Arnica and Bromolain may help still others state that it may do nothing.
Arnica and Bromelain for Breast Augmentation
Although bruising is usually minimal after breast augmentation. These over-the –counter drugs can reduce it even further. We generally supply them and encourage all our patients to take them. However, since many vitamins and minerals interfere with anesthesia or recovery or cause increased bruising, we take all our patients off everything they may be taking.
We then supply a vitamin specially formulated for surgery that will not increase bruising or interfere with anesthesia and will improve healing. Therefore, if you are going to do this, stop everything else except a multivitamin, and make sure that it does not have any Vitamin E in it.
Arnica and Bromelain for surgery
I agree with the surgeons who have stated they find it most useful for facial and eyelid surgery. I, too, rarely have any bruising after breast augmentation.
I will allow patients to use it before and after breast augmentation if they desire.
Check with your surgeon before using supplements
While most of us appear to agree that these supplements can be helpful, some of them can interfere with blood clotting , which would be undesirable with surgery. It is not safe to assume that homeopathic supplements can't interfere either with healing, anesthesia, or medications. Also, the dose and purity are important, so we dispense Arnica here so that we know exactly what our patients are using. Your surgeon will have his or her own views on this so whatever you decide make sure that you are on the same page.