Prior to your Washington, D.C. plastic surgery procedure, you will need to disclose all medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking. It has been found that over half of all Americans take some form of supplement, but many can interfere with proper healing and increase postoperative risks.
Board-certified Washington, D.C. plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside will review the supplements you are taking to help you determine which should be avoided prior to your surgery.
Many supplements provide health benefits. However, these same supplements can increase risks for things such as excessive bleeding and poor incision healing. Studies have found that herbs such as gingko, ginseng, kava, St. John’s Wart, and valerian can increase postoperative risks. In addition, MSM, vitamin E, selenium, and even food-based supplements such as garlic, fish and flaxseed oil, bilberry, and ginger can have unwanted consequences.
To help reduce your risks and ensure a smooth recovery, it is best to be honest with Dr. Gartside about any supplements you are or have recently taken.
To learn more about preparing for your plastic surgery procedure, please contact our board-certified Washington, D.C. plastic surgeon today.