Supplements and Cosmetic Surgery

Herbal supplements and vitamins are known to have a significant and measurable effect on promoting wound healing, reducing bruising,  enhancing immunity, and reducing oxidation caused by both surgery and anesthetic drugs. However, these supplements are still drugs that could cause dangerous side effects during cosmetic surgery. About 50% of cosmetic surgery patients take supplements (usually more than one), but often do not tell their surgeons because they assume they are safe.  Some  of  the  most  popular  herbal  supplements  taken  are  chondroitin,  echinacea, and  glucosamine:

  • Chondroitin is often used to treat osteoarthritis.  People using chondroitin may suffer from bleeding complications during surgery, particularly when used in combination with doctor-prescribed blood-thinning medications (like warfarin).
  • Echinacea is often used for the prevention and treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections, as well as chronic wounds, ulcers, and arthritis.  However, it can trigger immunosuppression, causing poor wound healing and infection.
  • Glucosamine, often offered in conjunction with chondroitin, contains chemical elements that mimic human insulin, and may artificially cause low blood sugars during surgery.

Other common supplements taken by patients that may cause thinning of the blood are the “4  Gs”  (gingko biloba, garlicginseng, and ginger), fish oils and Vitamin E.

Cosmetic surgery should be viewed with the same care and concern as heart or brain surgery. Everything we do is important for our patients, so every precaution and safety should be taken to minimize complications from surgery and anesthesia. Remember, we need your help and cooperation at all times.  Advise us of every drug you take, prescribed and non-prescribed and cease taking any blood thinning agents 2 weeks prior to surgery unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Thanks for reading!

Dr. Tim  –  Sydney  Cosmetic  Plastic  Surgeon

www.cosmeticculture.com.au
www.drtim.com.au

Dr Tim Papadopoulos Named President of ASAPS

dr.tim papadopoulos

President of ASAPS

We are proud to announce that our cosmetic plastic surgeon, DrTim, has been named the new President of the Australasian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASAPS is the most elite and prestigious organisation for cosmetic plastic surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.   DrTim has previously served as Treasurer of ASAPS and says he feels honoured to have the support of his colleagues and fellow ASAPS members. He has received much valued education, support and training from the ASAPS organisation, and he is both privileged and committed to giving back to the organisation over the next 2 years of his term.   Throughout his term, DrTim’s top goals will continue to centre around patient safety and improving surgical outcomes. DrTim also has a passion for mentoring up-and-coming Plastic Surgeons. He is very involved in developing a strong Aesthetic Fellowship program for new plastic surgeons so that they will appreciate and pursue ASAPS membership to keep the quality of cosmetic plastic surgery high for patients.   At the CosmeticCulture Clinics, our entire staff feels privileged to work alongside a surgeon so devoted to bettering the level of care that plastic surgery patients receive not only in our practice, but in practices all across the Australia and New Zealand. Congratulations, DrTim!