Four Supplements Doctors Recommend for a Faster Post-Op Recovery

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With any cosmetic procedure that involves surgery, there is bound to be a recovery time, whether it be a few days or a few weeks. While taking some time to re-coop after the procedure is necessary, doctors say that there are ways to speed up the healing time with the help of these four essential supplements.

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“Sometimes, a pre-op diet will impact bruising. For example, a patient who loves tomatoes or takes fish oil will have more intense bruising. Patients who prepare with green vegetables like kale and spinach, which are heavy in vitamin K, will have less bruising. My favorite vitamin prep is VitaMedica Recovery Support Program ($114). This comprehensive vitamin set has morning and night vitamins that are safe for anesthesia and encourage healing. The pre-op set comes with bromelain, quercetin and arnica montana, which all reduce bruising. The antioxidants and vitamin B within the pill deactivate free radicals and improve energy for healing without interfering with anesthesia medicines while the night vitamins promote rest.”

Houston plastic surgeon Henry Mentz, MD 

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“I like the organic and vegan 310 Meal Replacement Shake ($68). This has a protein blend with probiotics, adequate calories without sugar and sweeteners, and has all of the vitamins and minerals needed to promote and help healing in the post-op period. It’s also easy to make!”

Baton Rouge, LA plastic surgeon John V. Williams, MD

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“Anything we can do to speed up wound healing is worth while. We just brought Juven Therapeutic Nutrition Powder ($80) into the practice because it has been clinically proven to speed up the rate of incision and wound healing in as little as two weeks. Not only does it promote internal collagen production by 67 percent, but it also offers a boost of antioxidants and amino acids. It has been published in over 40 clinical trials, so you can be assured in its safety and foundation in science.”

—La Jolla, CA plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD

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“I like for patients to use homeopathic agents following surgery such as arnica montana, which helps decrease swelling and bruising after surgery. Bromelain is another agent that is often used in conjunction with arnica. Bromelain can be found naturally in fresh pineapple or in higher doses as supplements. It is the swelling and bruising that can lengthen the healing time and delay getting back to regular activities and work. I like that these products can often allow patients to get back to activities much more quickly. A product that contains both of these ingredients is VitaMedica Arnica + Bromelain Blister Pack ($33).”

Palo Alto, CA facial plastic surgeon Jill L. Hessler, MD

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