Supplements and Mommy Makeover
Just like exercise generates a demand for calories/nutrition the body is working harder than usual after surgery to heal. Here are some guidelines, but supplements are usually not "necessary."
I usually recommend at least 80 grams of protein/day in the peri-operative time
protein is the building block of healing and immunity/resistance to infection
your body's protein demands are greatly increased to heal after surgery
I also recommend high-potency vitamin supplements to aid in healing
Healing especially requires vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and Zinc
Best to delay E until post-op as it can contribute to more bruising
Arnica and Bromelain are not essential to healing
they seem to help reduce bruising and swelling
if you are concerned the may aggravate your migraines, it is reasonable to omit those
This extra work also leads to feeling fatigued. Listen to your body: get the rest you need.
When your body is working harder, it also needs good hydration!
No supplements necessary after mommy makeover.
You know the things to avoid. We use Arnica and Bromelain after facial surgery because it is so important to get rid of bruising in the face as soon as possible. If you have bruising in your abdomen for two or three extra days, it does not matter.
"K-I-S-S" (Keep it simple for the surgeon)
Mama P: A Mommy make over usually includes procedures designed to improve areas, which pregnancy has challenged: breasts, belly, buttocks, etc. As there are so many things which will occupy your attention, post-op, it is my belief that additional homeopathic meds are surplus to requirement. Using the acronym "KISS", keep it simple for the surgeon/surgery by avoiding unessential meds, which are of dubious value and may actually predispose you to unwanted side effects, such as migraines. I generally request patients to continue their regular multi-vits (which contain 200iU Vitamin E, which will not cause excess bleeding). Calcium, Vitamin C and Iron are not contraindicated. Good luck.
Supplements and Mommy Makeover Surgery
I generally recommend the homeopathic supplements Arnica and Bromelain before surgery. These supplements help a great deal with bruising and swelling. If you are sensitive to medications, then you may not want to try them since they are not necessary. I tell my patients to stop taking Vitamin E and fish oil also.
Mommy Makeover and pre and post operative vitamins
Although Arnica and Bromelin are believed to aid in reducing bruising and swelling after a surgery, I would not take them if there is a issue that they may trigger a migraine. I would also suggest avoiding high doses of Vitamin E two weeks before and after the surgery, as there may be an increased risk of bleeding. With larger procedures, such as a mommy makeover, I do recommend that patients take a multivitamin with folate and iron to promote healing and to help restore hemoglobin levels following the surgery.
Vitamins/supplements before surgery
You should avoid vitamin E for about 2 weeks before surgery. A multivitamin is usually fine to take before surgery. Arnica and Bromelain will help reduce bruising and swelling; they are safe to take before and a few days after your surgery.
Ask your plastic surgeon before surgery if you are still unsure of what to avoid.
Vitamins/Supplements and Mommy Makeover surgery
Arnica Montana and Bromelain are homeopathic remedies for bruising and swelling. I usually suggest it as an option to my patients, but do not require it. Your bruising will be covered by clothing anyway so if you are worried about possible migraines then I would skip it. I do recommend taking a good multiple vitamin both before and after surgery along with a healthy diet for optimum healing.
Many of the health supplements contain active ingredients in significant amounts. Some of these are blood thinners. I ask my patients to stop all supplements 3 weeks before surgery. There is very little evidence that theyincrease healing or decrease bruising
Regular mutivitamins are encouraged in normal doses.
Every practice has their own system of what they believe works best for their patients. Discuss this with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and they will develop a plan for you. Typically, all you need is a multi vitamin and some like the bromelain in addition.
Vitamins and Plastic Surgery
I normally do not "require" and pre or post operative vitamins. If a patient has a balanced diet before and after surgery, everything should be fine. We do offer arnica for patients who want to reduce the post operative swelling / bruising (usually after facial surgery but can be used for any surgery) but again, I don't require it for any patient.