Your own medications and preparing for cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic SurgeryAn important subject that you should discuss with your plastic surgeon before scheduling any surgery is the type and quantity of medications you may be taking for conditions unrelated to cosmetic procedures or surgery.

I make a special point of asking my patients during a preliminary consultation what medication they now take, have recently used, or plan to use. Often they will reply no on a printed questionnaire regarding medicines forgetting that they may be taking aspirin, antidepressants, using birth control, or may be planning hormone therapy shortly.

Some medications – and even some health supplements – can have an affect on blood clotting or blood pressure. Even some medicated skin creams can cause unwanted side affects during surgery.

Don’t take chances with your health; be candid and open in discussing any drug use with your plastic surgeon before setting a date for surgery.

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