Should I Stop Taking Supplements (Eg. Fish Oil, Ubiquinol) After Ultherapy?

I had Ultherapy a few days ago. I have been taking omega-3-rich fish oil supplements for a few months, as well as ubiquinol (CoQ10), green tea, and magnesium, all of which are said to have some anti-inflammatory effects. I realize no studies have been done on their effects on Ultherapy results, but in your opinion, should I discontinue taking these supplements in the next 6 months, to avoid potentially decreasing Ultherapy's lifting/ tightening effects? Thanks very much.

Doctor Answers 7

There is theoretic concern with anti inflammatories after Ulthera

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There are no studies to suggest that anti inflammatories decrease the effect of Ulthera but some docs suggest not taking them after the procedure. The risk they say is that the healing process is subdued and therefore you are not getting the full effect of the treatment. I think this idea started with Thermage as an excuse when they weren't seeing results. I don't tell my patients to stop these supplements. 

Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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We don't stop antioxidants after Ultherapy in our NYC practice

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I am not aware of any studies investigating antioxidants as having a negative effect on the collagen production after Ultherapy non invasive facial skin tightening. Many of our patients take such antioxidants and we have seen very good results from Ultherapy regardless.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dietary supplements and Ultherapy

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Dietary supplements in genreal can make you bleed or bruise more frequently with surgery and minor procedures.  However, it depends on how much and how frquently and what you are taking.  In general, the fish oil, vitamin E type supplements are best stopped 2 weeks prior to minor procedures to prevent excess bruising, but there are no studies to prove that it will or will not make a difference.

Jay Calvert, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Ultherapy and Supplements

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You will still see the benefits of Ultherapy regardless of if you've taken anti-inflammatory supplements. You should have no issues continuing as you have been.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Ultherapy and Supplements

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It is common for cosmetic providers to recommend discontinuation of all supplements prior to invasive and non invasive procedures. However, I don't think that it is necessary to stop those before Ultherapy. The most likley areas of bruising are near the corners of the mouth and even if bruising occurs, it goes away within a week. The prudent thing to do is to stop aspirin, plavix and coumadin (warfarin) before Ultherapy. 

Stopping fish oil and ubiquinol after Ultherapy

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Antioxydants  are known to reduceinflammation.                                                           Ultherapy heats the tissues (Collagen fibers, Elastic fibers and  superficial Muscle fibers).                                                                                                                             Healing , with production of new, thicker fibers, is preceded by inflammation. In theory, if inflammation is reduced, the healing will also be reduced, consequentlky with less thick fibers.                                                                                                                                       It is unlikely that this can be proven, because nobody will suggest to a patient to have biopsies of treated versus unteated areas.                                                                     However, based on the experience with wound healing always being preceded by inflammation, we advise our patients to avoid all antioxidants for 4 weeks following the Ulthera procedure.                                                                                                        Eugene Mandrea M D

Eugene Mandrea, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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Ultherapy and post op care - Los Angeles

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I encourage patients to take Vitamin C supplements after their Ultherapy to encourage collagen formation.  We have seen excellent results with Ulthera in our Los Angeles office. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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