Dr. Barrett’s Top Products for Post-op Care

Published on January 8th, 2021

So you’re taking the plunge and getting plastic surgery. You’re likely very excited and perhaps even a little nervous. One thing is certain, though: you want to get through the healing phase fast so you can start enjoying the new you.

Contrary to popular belief, the best post-operative care starts before your procedure–with vitamins and probiotics. Proper nutrition is paramount throughout the entire process, in fact, and when combined with tried-and-true anti-inflammatories, pain care and scar management, you can expect a speedy and comfortable recovery.

If you’re looking to optimize your post-op care but just need a little guidance, here’s a list of Dr. Barrett’s top product recommendations.

HealFast Surgical and Injury Pre-op Formula

HealFast makes both Pre-op and Post-op Formulations, and Dr. Barrett encourages his patients to take both.

What he loves about it:

Probiotics let you double-down on good bacteria and valuable gut flora that get unwittingly attacked by post-surgery antibiotics.

The details:

The HealFast Pre-op Formula was created to provide the optimal level of nutrient support to aid recovery. It is the most comprehensive formulation of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, probiotics and anti-inflammatories specifically targeted toward the healing process. It maximizes your quantities of micronutrients in advance–to prevent the depletion that occurs after surgery–which can lead to increased pain, delayed healing, recovery complications and reduced sport/exercise performance.

This product was crafted by physicians and is supported by clinical research from over 200 studies. HealFast is triple-tested for safety and contains no unnecessary additives or controversial ingredients.

How to take it:

For the five days leading up to your surgery, take the recommended dosage twice daily.

The HealFast Surgical and Injury Recovery Post-op Formula

What Dr. Barrett loves about it:

The HealFast Post-op formula provides additional anti-inflammatories to aid your recovery.

The details:

Clinical studies show this product effectively reduces post-operative swelling, bruising and inflammation and helps to control pain. It’s recommended for all kinds of tissue trauma, is backed by the FDA and incorporates only well-studied, proven-safe ingredients.

How to take it:

Use the Post-op Formula immediately after surgery, twice per day for ten days.

Arnica Recovery Complex (ARC)

Many plastic surgery procedures result in swelling, and Arnika Forte–a proprietary combination of arnica montana and bromelain–has been shown to speed healing by up to 50%.

What Dr. Barrett loves about it:

This product decreases inflammation in your body naturally–without causing leaky gut like Ibuprofen and aspirin can.

The details:

Arnika Forte contains all-natural bromelain, antioxidants and bioflavonoids to help with bruising, swelling and pain associated with soft tissue injuries. Bromelain is a natural substance that comes from pineapple–particularly the stem. Eating pineapple or drinking the juice doesn’t provide enough bromelain to see a benefit, but Arnica Recovery Complex has the optimal amount the body needs to heal.

Grape seed extract is a potent bioflavonoid that decreases capillary permeability and fragility. It helps to support capillary function and reduce bruising, swelling and pain. ARC is free of dyes and artificial colors, is FDA-approved and has no reported side effects.

How to take it:

Begin taking one capsule, twice daily, two days before your procedure. Then take twice a day until your symptoms have subsided, or as directed by your doctor.

Living Fuel SuperEssentials® Omegas

These essential fatty acids help reduce total body inflammation and, for breast implant patients, reduce capsular contracture rates by 10%.

What Dr. Barrett loves about them:

Conventional fish oil supplements contain significantly more EPA than DHA (typically a 3:2 ratio), but SuperEssentials® Omegas contains additional DHA to give it a 1:1 ratio. Research suggests that higher levels of DHA are optimal for human health.

The details:

Omega fatty acids are most often touted for enhancing cardiovascular and brain health. More importantly for plastic surgery patients is that they promote youthful skin by preventing elastin calcification (which causes signs of aging, among other things). SuperEssentials® Omegas now contain Vitamin K2, which supports bone, teeth and skin health, and prevents osteoporosis. Taking SuperEssentials® Omegas during your recovery can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation and even enhance your mood.

This formulation contains ultra-pure fish oils from small, cold-water fish like sardines and anchovies, unlike many supplements that contain inexpensive fish oils from large fish that swim in suspect waters. SuperEssentials® Omegas contain no fillers or synthetic materials and are free of major allergens like gluten, corn, yeast, sugar and casein.

How to take them:

Take four or more soft gels daily, or as directed by your doctor.


Dr. Barrett’s own CBD Oil

Wild Health CBD, 1500 mg

What Dr. Barrett loves about it:

While he does prescribe opioids and narcotics as needed, Dr. Barrett loves the fact that this high-dosage CBD oil provides better pain control and is non-habit-forming.

The details:

This plant-based product is organic, eco-friendly and contains the full spectrum of beneficial cannabinoids. With none of the THC that “gets you high,” CBD provides pain relief while reducing inflammation, helping you sleep better and reducing anxiety. You may even want to take some before you come in on surgery day to calm your nerves.

Dr. Barrett researched far and wide for the best all-natural pain relief and was so impressed with Wild Health that he interviewed the company’s CEO and Director of Genomics on the Natural Plastic Surgeon Podcast. Check out the episodes to learn more about the intricacies of making top-quality CBD products–and to grab a special listener discount.

How to take it:

Start with 1/2 dropper of oil under the tongue once in the morning and once in the evening, as needed for pain. For best results, hold the oil under the tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. Increase to one full dropper, as needed.

Skinuva® Scar

At Barrett Plastic Surgery, we take scar management seriously. We understand the last thing you want is for people to know you’ve had work done. Skinuva® Scar provides the most advanced topical scar therapy we’ve found.

What Dr. Barrett loves about it:

This product mimics a fetal wound environment in which the complex upregulation and downregulation of growth factors result in scar-free healing.

The details:

Using this knowledge of fetal wound healing, scientists, clinicians, stem cell experts and chemists formulated Skinuva® Scar to be the only scar cream of its kind. Using highly selective growth factors within a silicone cream matrix, Skinuva® Scar helps minimize the appearance of scars nearly two-times better than regular silicone cream.

Skinuva® Scar is safe for all skin types and is free of color additives, fragrances, dyes and parabens.

How to use it:

Apply twice a day for a minimum of three months, or as directed by your doctor.

MassZymes Digestive Enzymes 120

What Dr. Barrett loves about them:

MassZymes systemic, protein-digesting enzymes get absorbed into the bloodstream and work to break down debris from the wound healing processes. They also support cell growth and collagen production, all of which benefit you during recovery.

The details:

Each capsule contains 100,000 units of enzymes that digest proteins, starches, sugars, fibers and fats. Because of this, they maximize digestion and gut health and increase the absorption of key amino acids and other nutrients. You may also experience increased energy, mental clarity and focus.

Incomplete protein digestion can leave behind food fragments that may cause food allergies or sensitivities. By maximizing protein digestion, MassZymes minimize food-related inflammation. They are vegan-friendly, dairy and soy-free, and are produced in small batches with medical-grade ingredients.

How to take them:

To reap systemic benefits, such as wound healing and breaking down inflammatory proteins and scar tissues, take four capsules on an empty stomach. To get digestive benefits and help with post-meal fatigue, take four capsules at mealtimes.

Magnesium Breakthrough 60

What Dr. Barrett loves about it:

Magnesium Breakthrough is a natural sleep aid that helps with bowel regularity and muscle spasms–three concerns that often plague our patients during recovery.

The details:

Magnesium regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the body as an enzyme co-factor. It helps to think of magnesium as the electricity without which your body can’t accomplish the biochemical reactions it needs to function. Humans require magnesium in large amounts, yet a recent study shows 68% of Americans do not get enough of it.

Magnesium Breakthrough gives your system seven potent forms of the nutrient while also reducing stress and cortisol levels, enhancing relaxation and sleep, boosting your immune system and building stronger bones.

How to take it:

Take two capsules at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor.


The most critical consideration in your plastic surgery journey is finding a board-certified surgeon who will take the time to understand your beauty goals. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you regain your youthful confidence, call Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648.

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