Although I've had a good experience with Arnica for my facial plastic surgery patients, I do not think there is strong evidence supporting the role of Arnica with a tummy tuck. At the same time, I do not think there is a big down side to it either. So if your PS advocating for Arnica before a tummy tuck, please ask him/her about his/her specific protocol. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
No evidence that arnica decreases bruising for a tummy tuck or any operation.
I would advise against arnica. There is no evidence that it helps bruising and one study suggested that it might even make bleeding worse when taken in high doses.
No need for arnica in a tummy tuck
Arnica is best for minimizing brusing after facial surgery. A tummy tuck shouldn't bruise really at all unless it also has liposuction so there isn't much benefit from arnica for you.
When Should I Begin Taking Arnica Montana for my TT?
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!
Thank you for the question. The clinical effect of arnica on minimizing bruising after surgery is debatable. Generally speaking the bruising after tummy tuck is minimal and usually not a concern for many patients since it alway hidden under cloths.
Does Arnica help prevent bruising?
Hocus pocus. There is no scientific evidence that Arnica helps prevent bruising. Most physicians know this perfectly well, but prescribe it anyway because patients expect it; and in the homeopathic doses used, it probably does no harm.