Following a procedure, maximize your body’s ability to heal by only taking the medicines your doctor has approved and prescribed before and after surgery.

We will instruct you to stop taking drugs that make it more difficult for your blood to clot, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

However, seemingly “harmless” supplements, herbs or vitamins may also need to be stopped.

It is important that you disclose to your facial plastic surgeon all medications, supplements, herbs and vitamins that you are currently taking.

Prior to your appointment, make a list with the names, dosages and how often you take them.

A few common supplements to avoid two to three weeks prior to surgery include gingko biloba, garlic, ginseng, ginger, dong quai, ephedra, feverfew, St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Just because a supplement is labeled “natural,” does not mean that it is safe to take prior to surgery.

These products are not regulated so there is little data on safety and effectiveness.

In a recent study of 200 patients preparing for cosmetic surgery, 49% were taking some type of supplement.

Adverse side effects could interfere with clot formation, inflammatory responses, cell regeneration, and more.

Always talk to your surgeon and follow the given instructions to ensure proper healing.

*Source: Facial Plastic Surgery Today