Best Rx: What should I stop taking before having plastic surgery?

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One Best Self reader asked: What medications, vitamins and supplements should I stop taking before having plastic surgery?

Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., MD of Vinings Surgery Center says: Before undergoing any invasive procedure, patients must stop taking any aspirin or ibuprofen containing products and vitamin E. If a surgical procedure lasts more than an hour, you must also stop taking birth control pills two to four weeks before your procedure. Smoking can severely interfere with healing and good wound formation. I recommend quitting tobacco use at least two weeks before your procedure and for four weeks afterward.

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