If you are considering plastic surgery, make a list of all medications and supplements that you are currently taking before you come in for your consultation with New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits. Most people know to pay attention to prescription medications that can have a serious impact on your surgery but may forget to mention herbal supplements or alternative medicines they are using.
You should always mention all medicines and herbal supplements, but here are some of the potentially most worrisome:
- Garlic, Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), ginseng, fish oil, and Ginkgo biloba may lead to increased bleeding after surgery
- Kava and valerian can have potentially dangerous interactions with sedatives
- Echinacea, goldenseal, and licorice can slow the metabolism of certain drugs, including the lidocaine used as a local anesthesia during liposuction
- St. John's wort can increase the metabolism of certain drugs, including lidocaine
Always remember to mention if you are taking any of the above herbal supplements. In most cases, Dr. Lefkovits will ask you to stop taking them for at least two weeks before your surgery, and sometimes more.
In talking with Dr. Lefkovits before your plastic surgery, make sure you mention all drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking, and follow all directives about what to take and what not to take before surgery.
To talk about getting the safest plastic surgery procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lefkovits today.