Can I Take Blood Thinners Leading Up To My Plastic Surgery?

service-4Once you have decided that you are ready to move forward with plastic surgery and have a solid date for the procedure, there are some important things you can and should do to prepare. Of course, each patient that Dr. Richard J. Brown works with will receive very specific instructions on how to prepare for their individual treatment as they continue to meet with and consult with the doctor and his staff.

Still, there are some general guidelines that patients should adhere to when preparing for surgery. Many of these preparations focus on diet changes, post-surgery care, and medication considerations.

Many patients ask about blood thinners and if they should continue to take them as they get ready for their surgery. There are some inherent risks that blood thinners pose for anyone going into any surgery.

People are prescribed blood thinners by their doctors for many different reasons. Because blood thinners do exactly what their name says, thin the blood in your body, they can cause issues during and after an operation, including prolonged bleeding.

Dr. Brown requires that all patients discontinue the use of blood thinners or anticoagulants at two weeks before the surgery. This will allow any remaining blood thinning medication to run its course before the procedure.

In addition to stopping the medication, it is also very important that patients using blood thinners obtain clearance from their primary care physician before stopping the medication. This ensures patients avoid blood clots or any other complications from stopping their blood thinning medication for a time.

Once your plastic surgery is over, you can consult with your doctor about resuming the medication.

It is important to realize that plastic surgery has a direct link to your health. Not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery right off the bat. In some cases, certain steps must be taken and approval from other doctors must be obtained before you can move forward with your procedure.

This is just one of the many advantages of working with a highly experienced and board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Richard J. Brown. He will take the time to learn about your specific health history while discussing options with you. You will also have a clear outline of any steps that should be taken before you move forward with your plastic surgery.

Related: Why You Should Talk to Your Doctor About Medications Before Your Surgery 

Call ​480-568-3804 today to set up a consultation with Dr. Brown and learn more about the options available to you.