Take 5 pills under the tongue 3 times a day starting 3 days before surgery. Also, avoid Aspirin, Motrin, Alleve, Fish Oil for two weeks before surgery. After chin implant you might have a lot of swelling. In those cases your doctor can prescribe you a Medrol Dose Pack (short course of oral steroids).
The desire to reduce bruising is a strong one amongst facial
plastic surgery patients. A rhinoplasty
in particular following osteotomy can lead to bruising under the eyes and a
raccoon eye appearance. Chin
implantation can also lead to bruising.
Ideally, you want to restrict non-steroidal anti-inflammatories,
Aspirin, Ginkgo, ginger and garlic for more than 3 weeks prior to the surgery
and from anywhere from 3 days to one week prior to your surgery you can start
taking oral Arnica Montana and Bromaline (pineapple extract) supplements. This can be continued post-operatively and
can be combined with Arnica cream over the operative area.
Many patients and certainly some rhinoplasty physicians feel
this will help decrease the bruising and ultimately when taking in appropriate
doses is unlikely to cause any harm.
I hope this information has been of some assistance and best
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R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
Great question. I often recommend Arnica to my Rhinoplasty patients. Arnica is typically either a homeopathic or alternative herbal therapy, as such there is no standard dose. I usually recommend obtaining a reputable brand and follow the instructions provided on the product. I usually recommend started a week before and taking for a few weeks afterwards. Obviously you should discuss with your surgeon. Hope this helps.
How many days before Rhinoplasty can I start taking arnica (pellets), and what is the suggested dose per day?
Hello! Thank you for your question! The recommendations for the use of these homeopathic medications are surgeon preference. I typically suggest the use of Arnica Montana to decrease swelling and bruising. It is an herbal medication that is propagated from the seeds of an herb. I, as well as my patients, have seen some benefit with the treatment in the postoperative period. Although there is little evidence to its effectiveness, I believe there is some benefit, and no harm. I recommend 4-5 tablets under the tongue 4x/day for 3-5 days prior and 5-7 days after the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Rhinoplasty and chin implant candidate
In our practice, we do not recommend arnica, since it only has a minimal effect, if any. It is more important to be concerned about not taking any aspirin to prevent a nose bleed.
Arnica Before Rhinoplasty
There are so many Arnica preparations that I prefer to provide this for my patients who start taking it 2 days before surgery.