Plastic Surgeons Encourage a Healthy Diet
People who eat a well-balanced diet make excellent plastic surgery candidates, because good nutritional health can promote faster recovery times. Plastic Surgery isn’t just about aesthetics or vanity; it’s about helping people achieve personal health goals, correcting genetic abnormalities and generally helping individuals live fuller lives.
Healthy bodies tend to recover from invasive surgical procedures such as breast augmentation, much faster than patients whose diets are not as well balanced. Your body is a complex machine which requires a variety of vitamins, minerals and proteins to perform at its maximum.
Foods and Diet Choices Can Improve Your Healing After Surgery
Take advantage of these diet tips, prior to your surgery:
- Increase your intake of protein and B12 rich foods
- Milk, with Calcium and Vitamin D ~which are key nutrients in bone growth~ will help your bones heal faster
- Limit the omega three oils, St. John’s Wart and some other herbal medications which may cause more bruising
- A well-rounded diet rich in iron sources such as spinach and lean red meats, will help keep your blood count normal and prevent anemia
- Vitamin C, which can be found in in raw greens, peppers, berries and citrus, is an excellent skin and cartilage healer
- Vitamin A aids tissue development and is found in most leafy greens
- Riboflavin, which is vital to healthy skin and dermatology, is abundant in nuts and vegetables
- Nutrients found within raw fruits and vegetables, like iron, cobalt, chromium, copper, iodine, manganese, selenium, zinc and molybdenum, are all excellent choices
How do people on special diets do with Plastic Surgery?
Vegans and Vegetarians who eat a well-balanced diet, rich in the essentials such as protein from soy or legumes, plus vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables, heal just as well as meat eaters, after having plastic surgery. People who may be lactose intolerant who consume proteins, calcium and Vitamin D from sources other than regular milk, will also do as well as their counterparts who can tolerate lactose.
Patients who adhere to gluten free diets because they are gluten intolerant, will usually not have deficiencies if their condition is under control. In certain circumstances such as malnutrition, the elderly or post bariatric patients, we actually check albumin levels (levels of protein in the system) before surgery, to confirm that they have enough protein to heal.
Eat right to prepare for your Plastic Surgery
All patients, whether omnivorous, vegan, lactose free or gluten intolerant should supplement their diet with good protein sources and raw fruits & vegetables, while cutting back on processed foods. This is the key to being as well-nourished and healthy as you can be. And not just around your operation, but also for the rest of your life.
If you would like to learn more steps you can take to spend less time recovering from your cosmetic or plastic surgery, please contact us here at Janiga MDs, and I will be more than happy to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Timothy Janiga.