You most likely won't have much bruising or swelling with a transconj bleph, but I don't see any downside to using Arnica. It may help. We give patients the pill form, but I've had patients tell me the topical arnica helps too. I don't have any first had experience comparing the oil with the cream.Andrew Campbell, M.D.Facial Plastic Surgeon
Since there is no skin incision on the outside of the eyelids with a trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty, there is minimal bruising and swelling after the procedure. The incision is completely located on the inside of the eyelids, and Arnica is not required. It's more important to choose your surgeon with extensive experience producing a natural result.
is a homeopathic drug that is claimed to reduce bruising and swelling.
Anecdotally, many patients and plastic surgeons feel that Arnica does have a
benefit. There are, however, conflicting reports in the valid scientific
literature about these claims. Bromelin (Bromelain), another homeopathic
medication, is a mixture of enzymes found naturally in the juice and stems of
pineapples and also purported to reduce swelling, bruising, inflammation and
pain after surgery. This supplement, which is often taken along with Arnica, is
also controversial with regard to efficacy.
I would suggest you find a
plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally
a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns
with that surgeon in person. It is critical that he or she should be aware of
all medications, supplements, minerals, vitamins, and herbs that you are
taking, because they may interfere with normal blood coagulation, healing, and
Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla, California
Don't waste time and money on these treatments-they are absolutely not effective.
Arnica is a homeopathic treatment touted to reduce bruising. Because taking this product is wildly popular with the public undergoing cosmetic surgery surgeon have studied its effectiveness. In study after study, there is no evidence that arnica has any effect on healing or reducing bruising. There is also no evidence that organ oil is beneficial. Of more concern it potential contamination of these product and the risk of infection. As a surgeon, I am also concerned about the effects of manipulating healing tissue. It is simple. Don't use these products. They to not help you heal faster. Instead, carefully follow the directions of your surgeon before surgery. Many herbal products actually interfere with the coagulation pathways and can worsen post operative brushing. This is more than inconvienent. It can lead to post operative complications. Carefully follow your surgeon's instructions regarding avoiding products that can thin the blood.