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Marquis
one year ago
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Herbal Question -for Swelling and Bruises

I am suffering from bruises and swelling in my back from the liposuction and Tummy Tuck and wanted to know which one of the below will help with it the most please.

Herbals

Arnica Montana

Bromelain with Quercetin

Arnika Forte

Procedure: Mommy Makeover
Location: Scott AFB, IL

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Chao-Chuan Wu
ASPS Int. Surgeon

My suggestion is that some of the Herbals may be helpful for the postoperative swelling and bruise , otherwise I usually place penrose drains in the lower abdominal and umbilical incesions, these drains help the most about swelling and bruise.

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Samir Shureih
ASPS Surgeon

A complete history and physical examination by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is extremely important to make a proper diagnosis.

Bruise and swelling can be a sign of serious diagnosis.

Over the counter supplements are not the best to start with on your own without medical advice.

serious complications can happen and needs immediate medical care.

Not knowing your history and doing a physical examination it is impossible to give a medical advice. Delaying a diagnosis can lead to serious complications.

Seek medical advice immediately

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Robert Buchanan
ASPS Surgeon
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Over the years, I have found that Arnica Montana (the one dissolved under the tongue) and Bromalain work quite well at reducing bruising and swelling and speeding its resolution. However, it works best if started before surgery not several days after. In general he started on my patients on both to days before surgery. It may, though, help some with resolution even at this time. Hope this helps.

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