If you’re considering plastic surgery or aesthetic treatments, you better stop popping your pills. Herbals pills that is. A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that about half of all patients looking into facial cosmetic surgery are taking supplements, which could potentially cause complications. “It is extremely important to investigate the use of herbal medicines, as many of these supplements can put the surgical patient at risk,” says Cleveland plastic surgeon Bahman Guyuron, MD.
While vitamin and mineral supplements like multivitamins may seem harmless (and they typically are in everyday scenarios), when it comes to having surgery and treatments, certain supplements have been linked to an increased risk of bleeding. Specifically, bilberry, bromelain, fish oil, flaxseed oil, garlic, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), selenium and vitamin E are ones to look out for. Echinacea, ephedra (ma huang), ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s wort, valerian, feverfew and ginger could also pose surgical risks.
Due to the fact that supplements are regarded as “safe” and “natural”, many women don’t mention taking them when filling out a medical sheet. Unfortunately though, many of these supplements have side effects that could lead to problems once in surgery or aesthetic treatments. ASPS advise that patients should stop taking above supplements at least two weeks before cosmetic plastic surgery.