Sydney Plastic Surgeons Offer IV Vitamin Therapy to Speed Up Recovery

The recovery process after plastic surgery can last anywhere between 48 hours to several weeks and months depending on the type of procedure performed.

Minimally-invasive procedures such as skin tightening treatments, BOTOX injections and laser liposuction promise very short recovery times, and patients are advised to eat a healthy diet, take supplements and get rest to support tissue healing. More extensive procedures such as tummy tucks, breast implants and facelift surgery also require the patient to take certain types of supplements before and after their procedure, and modify their lifestyle to accommodate for the healing process.

A handful of cosmetic surgeons are now claiming that instead of taking supplements, some patients can heal faster with an intravenous shot of vitamins immediately after surgery. According to Dr. Michael Zacharia, a Sydney physician, the key to faster recovery times is to inject the patient with a vitamin injection that contains B-complex, zinc, vitamin C and glutathione.

Dr. Zacharia says, “The vitamins have more of a beneficial effect after surgery, after the inflammatory process has started, so I don’t give them the IV injection before surgery. When they go into recovery, we put up the drip…before, it may have taken two to three weeks for the swelling to settle down, and it’s now taking about a week.” (Source:

The National Institute of Complementary Medicine has made a formal statement about this approach, indicating that a significant amount of research needs to be completed before this strategy can be considered effective. Overall, vitamins can be beneficial before and after surgery, and the healthier the person is, the easier it will be for them to heal and recover from their procedure.

Most physicians recommend oral vitamins such as fish oils, magnesium, zinc, evening primrose, oil, B-vitamins and vitamin C to reduce inflammation and speed up healing.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Women, who want feet that are more beautiful, are flocking to plastic surgery centers around the country to undergo a toe reshaping procedure. Women with very wide toes are “suffering” from a condition that has been coined, ‘toe-besity’. New York-based podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong recently interviews with “Good Morning America” about this emerging trend, and shares some insights about this elective surgery.