Herbal supplements do not go well with plastic surgery

If you take a supplement or vitamin or herbal supplement daily and you plan to have plastic surgery, you should tell your doctor in advance. A recent study indicates that taking herbal and animal-based supplements can put your health at risk during a cosmetic procedure.

Most people today, take some type of supplement. Either a multivitamin or some herbal supplement such as valerian, ginkgo, fish oil supplements, etc. These are some examples and it is fine as long as you have consulted with your doctor about them. But you must be careful if you are thinking about getting a plastic surgery to remove wrinkles from the face, to change the nose or for any type of procedure.

You will wonder what one thing has to do with the other. Actually, a lot. Have you noticed that when you visit the doctor for a checkup they always ask you if you take any medication or supplement? This is because they all have effects on the body, in addition, some can have adverse effects when mixed together, or when you are going to practice some surgical procedure.

Regarding the use of herbal supplements and their effects on plastic surgery, a study was recently published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery . The findings worry doctors, as it was discovered that about half of patients take herbal and other supplements before having plastic surgery on the face, particularly. The problem is that many of these supplements can put patients at risk during surgery.

The researchers analyzed the list of medications provided by 200 patients who were scheduled for facial plastic surgery and found that 49% of them took at least one supplement. In total, they took 53 different types of supplements and the average number per patient was three. However, one case in particular drew attention: one patient was taking 28 different supplements.

It was found that older people and women were more predisposed to take them. Among the supplements were multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin B. 22% of patients took supplements of animal origin such as fish oil and 35% of patients took supplements that are associated with increased risk of bleeding as linseed oil , garlic, selenium, vitamin E , mirtilium, fish oil, bromelain and methylsulfonylmethane.

Regarding herbal supplements that can cause bleeding during surgery, echinacea , ephedra (ma huang) , ginkgo , ginseng , kava , valerian, feverfew and ginger were found .

The general recommendation is that if you are going to undergo cosmetic surgery (or any surgery), stop taking the supplement between two to three weeks before the procedure, or as directed by your doctor. That’s why you need to be honest when you meet with him or her to consider a plastic surgery and tell him what and how many supplements you take. That way you will not risk your health.

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