Supplements to Speed Healing After Plastic Surgery
WHY THESE SPECIFIC SUPPLEMENTS POST-OP?
Note: Information is also provided below on supplements that should be avoided or only used with great caution post-op.
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As with any supplement you may choose to purchase from a health food store post-operatively, be advised that you should never begin taking any supplements post-op without prior approval from your physician. Oftentimes you may find recommendations in your specific post-op paperwork. While the supplements listed here are commonly suggested or approved by surgeons for patients recovering from surgery and are supported by research, you should adhere always to your doctor’s advice.
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PEER-REVIEWED PUBLISHED RESEARCH ON THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS POST-OP
Below are links to peer-reviewed published research articles on the suggested supplements so you can discuss them with your surgeon.
- “Effect of Oral Bromelain on Wound Healing, Pain, and Bleeding at Donor Site Following Free Gingival Grafting: A Clinical Trial” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6397736/
- “Potential role of bromelain in clinical and therapeutic applications” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4998156/
- “Efficacy of Vitamin C Supplementation on Collagen Synthesis and Oxidative Stress After Musculoskeletal Injuries: A Systematic Review” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6204628
- “The Effect of Perioperative Vitamin C on Postoperative Analgesic Consumption: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7600013/
- “Zinc in Wound Healing Modulation” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5793244/
- “Efficacy of Using Probiotics with Antagonistic Activity against Pathogens of Wound Infections: An Integrative Review of Literature” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6930797/
- “Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22570464/
- “Effects of probiotics on the composition of the intestinal microbiota following antibiotic therapy” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0924857905001172
- “Pre- and Post-Surgical Nutrition for Preservation of Muscle Mass, Strength, and Functionality Following Orthopedic Surgery” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8156786/
- “Enhanced Recovery after Abdominoplasty Using Perisurgical Nutritional Supplementation” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7787335/
- “Systemic magnesium to improve quality of post-surgical recovery” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24491463/
MARINE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES:
- “Oral administration of marine collagen peptides from Chum Salmon skin enhances cutaneous wound healing and angiogenesis” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jsfa.4435
SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS THAT HAVE CAUTIONS
“Nattokinase: A Promising Alternative in Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases” https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1177271918785130
CAUTIONS ABOUT COMMONLY RECOMMENDED REMEDIES POST-OP
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE ARNICA BY MOUTH IN TEA, TABLET, OR OTHER FORM:
A question I often get asked is “Why don’t you recommend taking arnica for bruising?” While arnica applied to the skin (topical) is more or less considered safe, taking arnica by mouth (ingested) is not. It is a toxic compound. Due to the lack of regulations in homeopathic or tea-based preparations, dosages can be all over the board. Symptoms of arnica poisoning include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Despite this, many plastic surgeons unknowingly recommend these products to their patients. A safer bet for resolving bruising quicker is bromelain. https://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-0301-in-practice-20100301-story.html – “Well, the plastic surgeon recommended arnica”
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT USE PINEAPPLE JUICE, FRESH FRUIT, OR PINEAPPLE TEA:
Pineapple juice, fresh pineapple, and pineapple teas are commonly recommended across the internet as a remedy for bruising post-op. However, these are generally ineffective when compared to bromelain tablets (the compound in pineapple that helps with bruising.) This is true for several reasons.
Second, pineapples are full of SUGAR which is one of the things you want to avoid after surgery because it increases inflammation. Third, regarding making the ever-popular “pineapple tea” seen on numerous social media locations, bromelain is not very heat resistant. It breaks down at only 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius), but if brewed for 30 minutes only requires 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) to destroy it. Boiling water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius), which means that most tea preparations contain absolutely no bromelain at all.
SUPPLEMENTS TO AVOID POST-OP
The following is a list of herbs, vitamins, and medications that can interfere with plastic surgery There are many common supplements and medicines that we buy over the counter, and believe that they are harmless because they are easy to obtain (like aspirin) or because they are a natural substance. Many of these things can interfere with your surgery by making it hard to clot (a necessary process to stop bleeding) or they have other undesirable effects.
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil
- Saw Palmetto
- St. John’s Wort
- Valerian Root
- Appetite Suppressants (including herbal ones)
- Pain killers that are also blood thinners such as aspirin, Motrin, Advil