Taking a daily multivitamin? Why your Miami plastic surgeon needs to know

Posted on July 2, 2013 by

While most men and women in Miami appreciate that their plastic surgeon must know about medications and other factors – such as smoking and drinking habits – before performing a surgical procedure, few may realize that the supplements they take each day could also be important.

Recently, the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery published a study revealing that approximately 49 percent of 200 patients scheduled to undergo facial procedures regularly relied on multivitamins, fish oil, ginseng and other herbal supplements to boost their nutrition.

But, why is it so important for your Miami plastic surgeon to have this information? As Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bahman Guyuron explained in an American Society of Plastic Surgeons press release, “Many of these supplements can put the surgical patient at risk.”

Certain dietary supplements have side effects that, while not evident in your daily life, could affect how your body reacts during surgery. Dr. Guyuron noted that selenium, vitamin E and other compounds, for example, can lead to excessive bleeding. Because of this, is it vital to include details about your dietary supplementation when you speak to your Miami plastic surgeon about your upcoming procedure. This professional can then determine how these pills, and other aspects of your lifestyle, could impact your operation.

If you’ve long been self-conscious about a specific facial feature, or want to regain your pre-baby body with a Miami Mommy Makeover, plastic surgery may be the best avenue for you. However, keep in mind that these are medical procedures that are not without their risks. Dr. Christopher Craft is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can review your chosen procedure in detail to ensure it is the right choice for you.

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