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Supplements and Natural Healing Remedies to Speed Healing after Breast Augmentation

While your surgeon will provide you with instructions for post-operative care, there are also a variety of natural supplements and remedies that can aid in minimizing discomfort, reducing swelling, and accelerating healing. In this article, we will explore some of the effective natural healing supplements and strategies that can help you achieve a successful recovery after breast augmentation top surgery, formerly MTF top surgery or MTF breast augmentation.

Ensuring that you have a safe and speedy recovery following breast augmentation is one of our primary goals. Bruising and swelling are a natural consequence of almost all surgical procedures and these side effects can linger for several days to several weeks following surgery.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure a more comfortable and speedy recovery. The information listed below can serve as basic guidelines. Your surgeon will discuss these details with you in-depth during your consultation.

Pre-Surgery Planning: Speeding Up the Healing Process

Healing after breast augmentation takes time, but there are steps you can take in advance of surgery to speed up the recovery process.

Stop Smoking – This step isn’t optional. If you’re considering breast augmentation, or any surgery at our practice, you must stop using tobacco at least three weeks before surgery and for another three weeks after surgery. Because smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, it can delay wound healing and may cause increased scarring.

Eat Low-Sodium – A high-sodium diet is one of the main causes of excess fluid retention, which can extend swelling during your recovery. Cutting out sodium in advance of surgery (1500 mg a day or less) will improve your recovery by diminishing swelling.

Discontinue Certain MedicationsPrior to surgery, your surgeon will review all supplements and over-the-counter medications and prescriptions that you are currently taking or plan to take in the near future. Certain medications like aspirin can increase your risk or bruising and bleeding during recovery. Your surgeon will provide recommendations for discontinuing any prohibited medications.

After-Surgery: Supplements and Natural Healing Remedies

There are a variety of natural supplements and remedies that can be used to speed up the healing process, and minimize some of the negative side effects often associated with recovery.

  • The roots and flowers of Arnica Montana have been used for hundreds of years to diminish swelling, bruising, and discomfort.
  • Bromelain is made from protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapple extract and works as a natural anti-inflammatory to alleviate post-surgical swelling.
  • Selenium is a mineral that works as an anti-inflammatory to speed up wound healing and recovery.
  • Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, acts as an antioxidant to support the immune system and speed up recovery.
  • Vitamin A is composed of fat soluble compounds that can help stave off infection and speed up the recovery process.

Before initiating a new supplement or remedy, it’s important to consult with your surgeon, as well as your primary care provider. He will be able to recommend the correct supplements and dosages for your body.

Always Follow Your Surgeon’s Advice

You will be provided with very specific instructions following surgery, including information on:

  • How to care for your breasts during recovery
  • Medications you should take to speed up healing and minimize risk of infection
  • When you should follow up with your surgeon or PCP 

 

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