Many Americans are in tune to the importance of disclosing medical history, and are quick to inform their doctor on which medicines they are currently taking. In addition to prescription medication, many men and women do a good job of informing their plastic surgeon in San Diego on over-the-counter meds as well – but where most Americans fall dangerously short is telling their doctors of herbal supplements they are currently taking.
Men and women who are considering plastic surgery in San Diego must inform their doctors on their complete medical history including herbal medications, supplements, or even herbal teas. Many herbs can have adverse effects when surgery is performed including excessive bruising, swelling, bleeding, or other serious complications.
“Many patients don’t disclose their intake of herbs or supplements, and they are often not aware of the risk of complications, which can seriously compromise surgical outcomes and patient safety,” said one plastic surgeon according to Surgery.com.
While many plastic surgeons in San Diego do a thorough job of checking their patient’s medical profile before undergoing surgery, it is common for the patient to forget about seemingly harmless herbal supplements since they are labeled as “natural” or “organic.” But many of these herbal products can cause severe complications depending on the surgery performed – so while your doctor may ask you the right questions on your medical history and current list of medications, it’s crucially important to also remember that herbal supplements fall under this category as well.
Researchers have given such extensive thought to the issue that scientists at Loma Linda University released a guide titled, “Bleeding Risks of Herbal, Homeopathic, and Dietary Supplements: A Hidden Nightmare for Plastic Surgeon?” to help doctors understand the herbal supplements their patients may be taking.
“It is essential that plastic surgeons be aware of the popular, ‘natural’ products that have potentially dangerous bleeding effects,” said one of the research authors. “We conducted this review to help surgeons educate, screen and counsel their patients on herbal foods, supplements, teas and other homeopathic remedies that can compromise patient safety.”
Which herbs are potentially dangerous to take before plastic surgery?
If you are considering plastic surgery in San Diego, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following potentially dangerous herbs:
- Chinese Peony
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Oil of Wintergreen (or other essential oils)
- Saw Palmetto
- Any other herbal supplement, tea, or pill
You may also want to talk to your plastic surgeon in San Diego about any aspirin or steroid-based drugs you may be taking as these kinds of medicines can also lead to excessive blood loss, bruising, or swelling. Even if your procedure is as non-invasive as Botox, it is still important to disclose your medical history in its entirely including any over-the-counter or herbal products you are taking.
If you need more guidance on the topic and need to speak to an expert plastic surgeon concerning risks associated with herbal supplements prior to plastic surgery, call Dr. Kincaid, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Diego, at 858-450-4199.