Safety Tips Before Cosmetic Surgery: Avoid Aspirin

Tips Before Cosmetic Surgery

Patient preparation for surgery is essential to make the post-operative course of recovery safer for patients.

Stop all aspirin and NSIDs, unless specifically directed otherwise by your surgeon. Also disclose any over the counter medications, vitamins, and prescription medications you are taking prior to your surgery, including tobacco products. Both aspirin and NASIDs affect platelet function in the blood. The result is a reduced ability to clot the blood when tissue is divided in surgery. This can lead to unwanted bleeding and bruising after surgery. These effects last for two weeks. Stop taking these medications two weeks before surgery. Some other medications and tobacco products cause complications either during surgery or in the healing process. This recommendation includes some herbal remedies, so always check with your surgeon.

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