Could Taking Vitamin E Supplement Post-Op Mommy Makeover Affect the Results?

I had a Mommy Makeover two weeks ago, including Mini TT, BAM, and lipo of inner and outer thighs. My doctor recommends I start taking 1000 IU/day of Vitamin E. After reading a few articles on the Internet, it seems that taking this much Vitmain E can actually do more harm than good. I already take a daily vitamin, which contains 30mg of E. Will it affect my results if I forgo the extra 1000 IU?

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Vitamin E after surgery

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Many of the other doctors have answered this question appropriately. There is no evidence that Vitamin E supplements can help with wound healing or scar maturation. At this point the best thing that will happen to you is nothing and the worst is an adverse reaction to the supplement (such as allergy). I recommend a normal healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and a gradual return to full activity. Hope this helps,.


Daniel Medalie, MD

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.

Disagreement among surgeons, follow your care plan.

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The routine use of vitamin E following cosmetic surgery is the source of some controversy.Although some plastic surgeons believe that Vitamin E minimizes scar formation, others believe it increases the amount of bruising.
Unfortunately, the scientific data regarding this topic isn’t clear at this time.It’s important to realize that every patient’s situation is unique.For this reason, it’s important to follow the recommendations of the surgeon who has actually evaluated you.In the vast majority of cases, Vitamin E probably doesn’t impact wound healing in a significant way.

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Vitamin E and MM

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Before surgery, high doses of vitamin E are known to cause a higher risk for bruising and bleeding.

After breast augmentation surgery, some surgeons use Vitamin E to help reduce the chance of developing a hard breast with capsular contracture.  But the scientific data on this is pretty sparse.  I wouldn't be very upset if you decided to skip it.  

Could Taking Vitamin E Supplement Post-Op Mommy Makeover Affect the Results

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Some surgeons feel that higher doses of Vitamin E will prevent scar tissue formation around a breast implant, but the evidence for it is not large though. I think as long as you do not take that amount long term, there should not be any adverse health effects or negative effects on the healing.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Vitamin E and wound healing.

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After large surgical procedures (such as a mommy makeover), increased doses of Vitamin E can lead to bleeding issues. The data behind higher doses of Vitamin E for improved wound healing are not exactly compelling. I don't routinely advise it for any of my patients.

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Need Vitamin E after Mommy Makeover?

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While Vitamin E should be avoided before surgery since it may cause more bleeding. The benefits of oral Vitamin E on wound healing are controversial and despite all recommendations of using topical Vitamin E on scars, there is a lack of good studies to support its use. It is very unlikely that taking Vitamin E will have any effect on the results of a mommy makeover.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Vitamin E two weeks post-op should not be a problem, but follow your surgeon's advice.

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I advise my patients to avoid "extra" Vitamin E 2 weeks before and after surgery as it is a fat-soluble vitamin that could competetitively inhibit absorption of Vitamin K (another fat-soluble vitamin), which is necessary for proper blood clotting. (Vitamin A and Vitamin D in excessive doses can do the same, as can overdoing it with Omega-3 oils, fish oils, etc.)

In general, one should consider taking a multivitamin prior to and after surgery, but avoiding excessive doses of "additional" vitamin supplements if your dietary intake is otherwise "normal and healthy." Exceptions to this are patients with specific vitamin deficiencies, malabsorption syndromes, or gastric bypass patients.

Your surgeon likely has a good reason for his/her advice; I would recommend following it, and if curious, ask the reasoning behind it. But 1000 IU per day is not excessive and taking it or not taking it will have essentially the same effect if all else is well. Best wishes!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Could Taking Vitamin E Supplement Post-Op Mommy Makeover Affect the Results?

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I also ask MY patients to refrain from vitamin E use. But if you are over 2 weeks than I guess no harm no foul. Best to discuss with your chosen surgeon. 

Vitamine E?

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Thank you for the question.

I personally think you will be just fine with or without additional vitamin E.  Since your surgeon is recommending it, out of respect,  discuss your concerns with him/her ( and tried to understand the reasons  for his/her recommendation).

Best wishes.

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