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    How do I minimize bruising after cosmetic surgery?

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  • Dr Mahyar Amjadi

    Breast Surgeon, Hand Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)


    There is quite a bit you can do to help reduce your bruising, but it depends on the type of surgery you are having done. What you can do after eyelid surgery is different to what you can do after breast surgery.

    As some general tips, avoiding vigorous excercise during the recovery period, avoiding supplements that can thin your blood such as ginger, garlic, and fish oil, and avoid medications that can cause bleeding such as Aspirin.

    Any of this has to be done after consultation with your qualified Plastic Surgeon. 

    I hope this was helpful.

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    Dr Mark Edinburg

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Utilising my experience and passion for my chosen field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, I am able to combine my skills as a Specialist Plastic … View Profile

    Hello and thanks for your question.

    Bruising depends on many factors - some that you can help control, some that are just your body and some that the surgeon can assist with.

    A healthy body tends to heal better, so I encourage my patients to eat well, exercise and be sensible about things that harm their body (such as alcohol intake), especially in the leadup to surgery. Many supplements encourage bleeding and, as such, I suggest my patients stop all supplements (eg. fish oils, krill oils and garlic) and medications like aspirin and some antinflammatories.  Medication prescribed by your medical practitioner will always be discussed with your during our planning for your surgery.

    Genetics, the area being operated on (some anatomical areas of the body bruise more than others) and numerous other factors are some of those you cannot control.

    I also give my patients guidleines postoperatively to help reduce swelling and bruising and, of course, my training and expertise as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon contribute to my methods and approaches to any surgery, all of which are designed to achieve minimal bruising and superior aesthetic results. That part is my contribution to helping you get the best results possible.

    So there is, as always, a certain amount of team work between you, as my patient, and me, as your surgeon, to make sure we get an optimum outcome. 

    Hope this helps.


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