Herbs That Can Cause Bleeding or Anesthesia Reactions

Did you know that, anytime you undergo any type of cosmetic surgery procedure, from a simple Botox and filler injection, all the way to a face lift or liposuction or other plastic surgery procedure,  you should disclose all medications that you take plus any herbal supplements? It’s true and here’s why.

Herbs like Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Ginseng and St. John’s Wort have proven benefits to your health, but they can also interfere with anesthesia and increase bleeding, even in something as simple as the needle prick from injectable fillers.

Here in our Indianapolis plastic surgery office, we make it a point to confirm medications with our patients, but unless asked, they generally don’t remember to tell us about vitamin supplements or herbs that they take on a regular basis. It’s important to do so, to make sure that your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Here is a list of herbs that can cause concerns and should be disclosed to your practitioner before any procedure.

Supplements that can increase bleeding:

  • Gingko Biloba
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Fish Oils (omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Dong Quai
  • Feverfew

Supplements that can interfere with anesthesia:

  • Valerian
  • St John’s Wort
  • Kava

Supplements that can cause other types adverse events:

  • St John’s Wort (can cause photosensitivity, especially after laser or chemical peels)
  • Ginseng (can cause hypoglycemia)

If you are having any procedure performed, be sure to tell us what you take on a regular basis. Even something as simple as an aspirin should be shared with us!

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Gregory Chernoff


About gregchernoffmd

Greg Chernoff, M.D. is a Triple Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
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