by Terrye Tebbetts
I am constantly amazed by how ladies who decide to have a breast augmentation will research endlessly how they can help themselves recover and have a better experience – yet they inevitablly miss the importance of researching and understanding one of the most important aspects of the entire operation – the surgeon and the surgical procedures/techniques that will be used during the operation. I guess some of it goes back to that inherent “trust” we have of our doctors? I don’t know. But I hate to see women try to FIX it all on the back end – after the surgery – thinking that if they take a certain vitamin or supplement that it can fix what could have been done better in the OR. Here is a conversation between two women that is very common about the use of vitamins pre and post op to help in their BA process….
Hi Ladies! I will be getting my BA in about 4 weeks and wanted to see if anyone has recommendations of what vitamins I should start taking to prepare for my surgery.. Thanks!
Hello, my BA is in 2 days - From what i’ve read, as well as what my PS told me, to STOP taking all vitamins and minerals, herbs, etc… the only one that I was recommended to try is Arnica Montana (ask your PS about it) It’s supposed to help with brusing and swelling after the surgery…. i’ll let you know if it does work! I haven’t found out any more info on vitamins, but i’m just following what my PS says. Oh and they also told me not to start taking any vitamins etc until 4-5 days after the surgery. Hope that helps?!
Here is my response to both ladies…….
What you experience post op and how you heal over time is effected by a combination of things – but the two primary factors are how you heal as an individual and how the surgery was done to begin with.
Vitamins can help how you heal as an individual a little – but honestly, your genetics are going to rule over what you take by mouth pre and post op. And what you take by mouth pre and post op could possible impact your recovery negatively (which is why they ask you to stop a lot of things pre and post op) – vitamins and supplements are not regulated as closely as medications and although most see them as natural and good for you – they can really be problematic in and around surgery.
How the surgery is done is really the most important factor here – you, as the patient, should not have to take a bunch of vitamins and supplements to compensate for what happens in an operating room. Breast augmentation is an elective procedure that you do when there is NOTHING else going on in your system. So the ps gets the best of circumstances in the OR. There are surgical techniques that the surgeon can use to prevent, limit, eliminate bleeding during the proceedure. See, the more you bleed, the more inflamation, trauma to tissue and increased need for bras, bandages, straps, drains and pain meds or pain pumps. If there is blood, then there is bruising. If you can dissect the pocket with no blood – guess what? No bruising. So why should you have to take Arnika and whatever else to help reduce something that could have been prevented during surgery?
We know in our 24 Hour Recovery papers and studies that when we eliminate blood, recovery and healing improve, and the incidence of capsular contracture is reduced dramatically.
Having a BA is a team effort between you and your ps – but how you heal is only part of the equation. Newer, better surgical processes exist to help both members of this team achieve better short term experiences and long term results!
About the Author: Terrye Tebbetts is one of the most knowledgeable women in the world about breast implants, with 27 years of experience educating patients and 11 years as a patient herself. For more information about breast implants or breast augmentation Dallas surgeons, please visit www.thebestbreast.com.