Bromelain for Post-Surgical Bruising and Swelling

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Bromelain is a naturally occurring compound that can be used to reduce bruising and swelling after cosmetic injections and an array of surgical procedures. Arnika Forte, a post-surgical supplement that comes in topical and capsule form, contains a proprietary blend of bromelain and Arnica Montana, along with grape-seed extract, to help ease the appearance of and discomfort associated with cosmetic treatments and restorative surgeries. Arnika Forte is a supplement commonly prescribed by medical specialists such as cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists.

Found in the stem of pineapple, bromelain is an enzyme that digests protein. When extracted and used in high concentrations, bromelain has been shown to reduce inflammation due to trauma and injury. Researchers have studied the effects of bromelain in the debridement of wounds, treating burns, and reducing inflammation from conditions such as arthritis and swelling caused by surgical trauma.

Bromelain, when used in conjunction with other homeopathic and synthetic medication, can improve healing and recovery times for some patients.


Angelina Jolie and Arnika Forte


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Arnika Forte

Manufactured by DermAvance, Arnika Forte is a post-surgical supplement used to reduce swelling and bruising following surgeries, especially those of a cosmetic or reconstructive nature. Formulated by physicians, Arnika Forte contains a proprietary blend of natural ingredients that help stimulate soft-tissue regeneration and healing.

This supplement has been used by patients receiving treatment for a variety of procedures, including Botox and filler injections, along with more invasive procedures such as mastectomies. In fact, Angelina Jolie, who recently underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction after her doctors determined that she had an unusually high risk for developing breast cancer due to family medical history and a gene mutation, utilized Arnica Forte in her recovery. The UK Daily Mail interviewed Jolie’s doctor, who detailed her procedures and post-operative recovery regimen. In addition to taking the DermAvance supplement to reduce bruising and swelling, she took zinc vitamin C, applied antibacterial ointments, and used Cutagenix, which helped increase oxygen to the top layers of skin to assist with blood flow.

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