We understand that one of top concerns for those considering breast augmentation surgery has to do with how to minimize recovery time. Clients wonder how quickly they will be able to return to normal activities, and whether there are ways to avoid overuse of prescription medication after getting breast implants. At Port City Plastic Surgery in Charleston SC, we offer both traditional and natural alternatives. We have found the homeopathic herb Arnica Montana and the nutritional supplement Bromelain to be inexpensive, natural ways our patients can reduce swelling and bruising.
Two weeks before your breast augmentation surgery, you’ll come in for a Patient Teaching appointment. This is when we’ll go over all the paperwork for your procedure with you, including your pre-op and post-op care instructions.
Dr. Widenhouse typically prescribes something for pain, a muscle relaxer, and an antibiotic for his breast augmentation patients. He normally does not prescribe sleep aids or antinausea medication as we have found most patients do not need them. The anesthesia administered during surgery also remains in your body for a short period of time after your procedure, helping to ease any discomfort. We also recommend our clients pick up Arnica Montana, an herbal homeopathic remedy, and Bromelain, a nutritional supplement.
Get more of your questions about Breast Implants answered! Read our previous posts about:
- What to Expect After Breast Augmentation
- Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy
- Breast Shape Options / Choices
- Silicone vs. Saline
- Our Mentor Silicone Sizing System
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Schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse to learn more about your options. He specializes in breast augmentation and can provide recommendations to fit your goals and lifestyle.
More About Arnica & Bromelain
Arnica Montana, a plant, is a well-known herbal and homeopathic remedy for wounds, bruises, and other injuries. Arnica extract is said to be helpful in increasing resistance to bacterial infection, reducing fevers, with bruises and sprains and in stimulating circulation. The homeopathic preparation is meant to be taken internally, and herb itself is for external use only. It is often used in creams, ointments and gels to apply to sore muscles or swollen areas after surgery.
Arnica can be taken 3 to 5 days prior to surgery to help minimize bruising, and can be taken (per manufacturer’s instructions) until bruising is gone. Arnica also comes in gel form for topical use.
Bromelain, a compound naturally found in pineapple, is a popular nutritional supplement. Studies have found Bromelain effective for inflammation, swelling, and bruising after surgery. While it will not completely eliminate swelling, Bromelain can help keep it in check.
Dr. Widenhouse can recommend concentration, effective dosage and brand. His clients seem pleased with the benefit these natural remedies provide.