Things are moving along but by end of day I'm so swollen. I can't seem to reduce the swelling significantly. I remember my mother always found an epsom salt bath useful when she had swollen feet or bad arthritis pain. Can this, with massage, make any difference? Natural products seem safe, and I see products with magnesium and arnica out there. Do they work?
Can Topical Magnesium Aid in Reducing Swelling After Surgery?
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There is no clinical evidence that topical magnesium will aid with wound healing or reducing swelling. I do not think there is any harm in applying it or having an Epsom salts bath.
Swelling after Gynecomastia Surgery?
Thank you for the question. Although your concerns are understandable, your best friends at this point will be patience and time. Other maneuvers for improved incision line healing, such as massage, tape, application of silicone-based products etc. may all be helpful; best to discuss with your plastic surgeon what his/her recommendations are.
Best wishes; hopefully you will be pleased with the long-term outcome of the procedure performed.
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There is no evidence to suggest that topical magnesium works to reduce swelling. Arnica Montana can help but only for the first week or two following surgery. Bromelain can also help.
Topical magnesium and swelling
I am not aware of the use of topical magnesium for swelling. Soaking in Epsom salts may soothe the skin but will not relieve deeper tissue swelling.
Healing After Surgery
Topical Magnesium has no effect on healing swollen tissue. Follow your Plastic Surgeon's post op instructions for your best result.
Healing after surgery
The greatest is healer after surgery is Mother Nature and time. Magnesium and arnica don't hurt, but add nothing. You can do things to hurt yourself after surgery and these may hinder your healing but there is no way know to medical science to speed up wound healing. In addition there is a little variance between people and ages but amazingly enough not much. We all heal very similar and in a very similar time frame. Things that delay and hurt healing are excessive activity, excessive heat and sunburn, irritating abrasive chemicals, smoking, excessive alcohol, recreational drugs, not taking your prescribed prescriptions for your thyroid, and any thing the causes illness. Good things for healing include rest. .............. A wound at rest heals best (LD Howard, MD),..................., appropriate gentle activity to prevent pneumonia and blood clots, no stress on the wound, taking one multiple vitamin daily, eating a good healthy diet, not getting constipated, not getting nauseated, taking all your prescription medication for thyroid and diabetes, etc. There are many people getting wealthy with this or that concoction and some really take a hold such as arnica. I do not believe a word of it and after 30 years in practice I firmly believe I am correct with the above concepts. My Best, Dr C
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