Bromelain: Will it Speed Your Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Bromelain is an enzyme that is extracted from the stems and other parts of pineapples.

Bromelain may reduce pain, swelling, inflammation and platelet aggregation. (Also known as "sticky blood," platelet aggregation can increase your risk of developing blood clots after surgery.) Some studies have shown that bromelain can also enhance the effects of antibiotics. You will likely need to take antibiotics after your breast augmentation to reduce your risk of developing an infection.

In one well-publicized study of boxers, those who took bromelain supplements healed twice as fast as boxers who did not take bromelain.

Bromelain is available in many forms, but it appears to be most effective when taken by mouth. Follow the dosing instructions on the product label.

Not all surgeons recommend homeopathic remedies such as bromelain. Always ask your surgeon before taking any medication or supplement. Your surgeon may recommend specific products and dosages of bromelain to aid in your recovery.

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