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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 many years of experience and my passion to combine my skills as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and an artist , I offer both ... View Profile

    Hello, and thanks for your question

    Bruising depends on many factors- some that you can help with, 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, be sensible about things that harm your body like alcohol intake, and exercise, especially in the leadup to surgery. Many supplements encourage bleeding, so I suggest my patients stop all supplements(like fish oils, garlic, aspirin, some antinflammatories), except for those that are prescribed by a medical practitioner. These will always be discussed with your during our planning for your surgery.

    I give you guidleines postoperatively to help you reduce swelling and bruising.

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

    And of course, my training and expertise as a Specialist Plastic Surgeon contribute to my methods and approaches to any surgery, all designed to achieveing minimal brusing and superior aesthetic and safe medical results. That part is my contribuion to helping you get the best results.

    So, you see, as always, there is a certain amount of team work between you and me.

    Hope this helps.


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