How Long Do I Wait Until I Can Start Taking Fat Burners and Supplements?

I had a BA 7 days ago how long do I need to wait before taking my fat burners, fish oil and my other body supplements? Thank you

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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.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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When Can I Resume Supplements/Fat Burners?

I recommend staying off of any blood thinning supplements like fish oil at least 2 weeks pre-op and 2 weeks post-operatively.   As for diet pills, I ask patients to discontinue taking these 1 month pre-op and 1 month post-op.  Every surgeon is different so it is best to ask your surgeon what he recommends as he/she knows your health history.

Andrew Smith, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Do I Wait Until I Can Start Taking Fat Burners and Supplements

This question should be addressed to your surgeon who has followed your recovery, and who can ask the specifics about the products you use. Things like fish oil can increase bleeding risk, so these may not be harmless. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Talk To Your Surgeon Before Taking Any Supplements After Breast Augmentation

Before taking anything, please speak to your surgeon. They should know if it’s safe for you to do so, since they know your medical history and the medications you may be taking right now. There expertise is the only way you can be sure when it’s safe for you to start taking your supplements.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Three weeks to six weeks after surgery

As far as I am aware there are no scientific studies to actually confirm the time after surgery. But since you just had surgery and do not want to take any chances a 3 to 6 week period would be a good time. By that time the capsule forming around the implant should be established enough to reduce the chances of bleeding. Check with your surgeon to be sure.

Breast Augmentation at 7 Days Postop and Resuming Fish Oil

  I would run all of these things by your plastic surgeon, because they may increase bleeding risk as in the case of fish oil.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Supplements After Surgery

Thank you for the question. At this point it should be acceptable to begin with your supplements. Having said that, every surgeon has their own take on when it is safe to start supplements so it would be wise to ask your surgeon. Good luck.

Pedro M. Soler, Jr., MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Resuming Supplements after Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Thank you for the question. Personally, I do not think that there will be any problem with you resuming supplements at this point after breast augmentation surgery. However, always best to check with your chosen plastic surgeon about specifics.  
Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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