One of my good friends called me a few nights ago complaining of a migraine the night before her breast augmentation surgery. Jokingly, she was weighing her options whether or not to follow her doctor’s orders or "risking it" in order to alleviate the throbbing pain in her head.
“One glass of wine will be fine, right?"
As much as I could relate to that feeling, as her friend, I thought it would be helpful to remind her why exactly plastic surgeons keep those pesky pre-op rules about medications, supplements, and beverages
I figured some of you might find this extra information helpful as well. :-)
Put the Wine Down!
As a general rule, your surgeon will most likely give you a list of things to avoid consuming prior to breast implant surgery, along with a general time frame.
Many of us ask, “Why can’t I consume alcohol the week before surgery?” Well, not only is it a substance that can be dangerous when mixed with heavy pain medications and narcotics, but it also thins your blood...
Which is a really bad thing to happen right before surgery!
Typically, you should also expect to avoid certain medications, foods, and herbal remedies that could cause blood thinning for a week before breast implant surgery. Some of these include:
- Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, etc.
- Garlic extract, niacin, vitamin E, fish oil, omega-3
- Check with your doctor about the current medications you are taking
You should be good with anything outside of these, but if you have any questions and/or concerns about any other medication, food, supplement, or beverage, don’t hesitate to ask your plastic surgeon. That's what they are there for!
By following this basic guidelines, you'll be able to go into your surgery with a wonderful peace of mind that you not only mentally prepared for your breast augmentation surgery—but you'll be physically prepared as well :-)