Medications to Avoid Before Rhinoplasty Surgery
Some medications and herbal/natural supplements thin the blood, can cause bleeding during surgery and can affect your facelift recovery. For this reason Dr. Buonassisi will ask you to avoid certain medicines and supplements for 2 weeks before surgery.
Why Should You Comply?
Recovery time is important to facelift patients – who typically want to do everything they can to be looking and feeling great as quickly as possible after surgery. Blood thinning medications and supplements can increase the risk of a dangerous complication called a hematoma during surgery, and can prolong the recovery period by encouraging the formation of large bruises and prolonged swelling.
What About Your Prescription Medications?
You should never discontinue a prescription medication without the advice and approval of your family physician or prescribing physician. Please disclose all the medications and supplements (prescriptions, over the counter and natural/herbal supplements) that you take with Dr. Buonassisi during your pre operative consultation. If you are taking any medications that need to be discontinued for your surgery, you will be asked to check with your prescribing physician before hand.
You should stop medications and supplements on this list:
Prescription or over the counter products that contain aspirin or other salicylates such as: stop 2 weeks before and resume 2 weeks after surgery
Prescription or over the counter products that contain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents
Herbal Products and Other Natural Supplements
Stop taking ALL natural products, herbal medicines, vitamins, and
other supplements 7 days before your surgery. They may be resumed 2 weeks after surgery. This is with the exception of herbal or other supplements that have been prescribed by your ND. Be sure your ND has this list, as well as a list of the facelift related medications that are prescribed to you for your surgery.
Blood Thinning Supplements
Some natural supplements in particular can cause blood thinning. It is important to discontinue all of these natural supplements for 2 weeks before surgery and you can resume 2 weeks after surgery.