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It is likely not necessary to discontinue antidepressant use prior to plastic surgery. Call board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr. O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 for a free consultation and to learn moreWill antidepressants slow or complicate your recovery from breast augmentation, liposuction, or another plastic surgery procedure? Conventional wisdom says yes, but new research suggests this may not be the case. An analysis of six studies looking into increased risks for bleeding after plastic surgery found that results were inconsistent at best. In fact, the authors of this meta-analysis found the risks of worsening depression symptoms or spurring “discontinuation syndrome” much more worrisome, prompting them to caution against discontinuing antidepressants prior to surgery. This is, of course, something that is different for every patient and will need to be discussed in more detail during your initial consultation.

Does being on antidepressants make you a poor candidate for plastic surgery? Most likely not, but it may be a consideration. The best way to determine your candidacy for a facial, breast, or body procedure is by meeting with board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole for a free and confidential consultation. During this meeting we can assess your medical history and discuss your needs to help ensure your safety and lasting satisfaction.

To schedule your free consultation with Dr. O’Toole, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today. We welcome patients from Los Angeles and all surrounding areas of California.