Post-surgical swelling and bruising are natural consequences of virtually all invasive surgical procedures. If you’re considering FTM chest reconstruction, it’s important to note that noticeable bruising and swelling are inevitable. In most cases, bruising and swelling will last for several days and more commonly several weeks following your procedure.
Making sure that you have a safe and comfortable recovery is one of Dr. Mosser’s primary goals. He will provide you with specific instructions before and after surgery to ensure the fastest recovery possible.
While there’s no way to avoid the natural healing process, there are certain steps that you can take in advance of surgery to speed up recovery. The information listed below is meant to serve as a guide. Dr. Mosser will provide you with more in-depth instructions during your personal consultation.
Quit Smoking: If you’re looking for yet another reason to quit smoking, here it is. Current smokers considering FTM chest surgery should quit at least two months in advance surgery. Cigarette smoke inhibits nutritional blood flow to the skin, which ultimately delays wound healing and may result in undesirable scarring and discoloration.
Low Sodium Diet: Excess sodium can cause your body to retain fluid, which can prolong swelling during your recovery. Following a low sodium diet (less than 1500 mg a day) in advance of your procedure will help minimize water retention and ultimately reduce post-surgical swelling.
Avoid Certain Medications: Blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medications and certain herbal supplements are known to increase your risk of bleeding and bruising, and they should be discontinued at least 7 to 10 days prior to surgery. You should share all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements with Dr. Mosser in advance of your surgery.
There are certain natural remedies – namely Arnica Montana and Bromelain – which are frequently used to speed up the healing process. Arnica Montana is a plant-based herbal medicine which has been used for hundreds of years to reduce swelling, bruising and pain. Bromelain is a made from pineapple extract and works as a natural anti-inflammatory to minimize post-surgical swelling.
Dr. Mosser frequently recommends Arnica Montana and Bromelain to patients recovering from FTM chest reconstruction. If you are a good candidate for either of these natural healing remedies, Dr. Mosser with provide you with specific pre and post-surgical instructions.
When taken under the supervision of a medical professional, Arnica Montana and Bromelain are considered safe and effective treatments. Like all medications and supplements however, both Arnica Montana and Bromelain carry the risk of undesirable side effects.
Side effects associated with Arnica Montana may include stomach irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, nosebleeds, heart irregularities and tremors. Side effects associated with Bromelain may include indigestion, diarrhea and nausea. Other side effects may include vomiting, drowsiness, increased heart rate and heavy menstruation.
If Dr. Mosser feels that taking one or both of these supplements will benefit you during recovery, he will carefully monitor your health to ensure that you are not experiencing any undesirable side effects.
If you have additional questions about FTM chest surgery, we encourage you to set-up a personal consultation with Dr. Mosser. Dr. Mosser is a board certified plastic surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area. He offers his patients both in-person and virtual consultations. Contact our offices at 415-780-1515 to set-up your consultation today.