March 29th, 2013
The use of herbal remedies following rhinoplasty can be helpful or hurtful. It all depends on the specific herbal remedy and your unique circumstances. It is therefore imperative that you follow your surgeon’s instructions.
Arnica Montana and Bromelain are two of the most popular herbal remedies used following rhinoplasty and other facial plastic procedures.
Arnica Montana is a plant that may reduce swelling following a trauma or a surgery such as rhinoplasty. Many rhinoplasty surgeons, including Dr. Rizk, recommend that their patients use Arnica Montana before and after their nose surgery procedures.
Some surgeons also advise their patients to use Bromelain, a pineapple extract used for the same purpose. However, Bromelain can cause complications in some patients, namely those with digestive conditions, so it is very important that you speak to your surgeon before using this remedy.
Though products containing Arnica Montana and Bromelain may be appropriate for your situation, do not take this to mean that other supplements or herbal remedies are necessarily appropriate for rhinoplasty recovery. For example, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, fish oil and other supplements can cause issues with bleeding. That being said, there are some others that your facial plastic surgeon might recommend. Talk to your rhinoplasty specialist for more information on taking herbal remedies following nose surgery.