It?s no secret that the right nutrition with the right diet can make us all much healthier human beings. Eating well and keeping up with balanced food habits should be a regular part of our routine, but does it really make a difference when it comes to recovering from cosmetic surgery? Whether you?ve gone under the knife for a breast augmentation, or you?ve had a hair transplant, recovering from your procedures properly is just as important as any medical treatment, but can nutrition really make a difference to your recovery? We?ve decided to take a deeper look.
Yes, Nutrition Can Help!
For all intents and purposes, yes. Nutrition can, and does, help recovery from surgery in the same way that a nutrition-rich diet can aid your body in any of its processes. Healing is another bodily process, so giving your body the right nutrients it needs to complete said process is important. At its essence, healing involves cellular repair and scar formation and, as with any skin or cell renewal process, internal nutrients and additional external treatments can all make a difference in the healing process.
? But Be Realistic About Healing Times.
Surgery, whether cosmetic or medical, is not only a strain on your body physically, but it can be a mental strain too. The emotions associated with surgery can play as big of a part in your recovery as nutrition, so it?s important to be comfortable. If a balanced diet wasn?t something you followed prior to your surgery, it can be more of a strain to suddenly change, so it?s important to work out what your body and mind can take. Healing takes time, and there?s no quick fix. Even with the best diets, some treatments can take longer than others and your surgeon will be able to give you a better indication as to how long you?ll take to heal. Supplements and external creams and treatments can help, but be patient and don?t push your body or mind further than it can handle.
The ?Plastic Surgery Diet?
So now we?ve established that nutrition can play a part, what diet is likely to be the best for your surgery? Well, the plastic surgery diet, or the nutritional habits that surgeons suggest, starts as early as one month before your actual procedure! One month before surgery you should be taking in protein, antioxidants and avoid excess sugars as much as possible to keep your body in ship shape ready for the surgery, whereas one week before your surgery you need to be far more cautious. Avoid foods that could react with anaesthetics, bleeding, immunity or healing time, which includes oily fish, vitamin supplements and any blood-thinning drugs like Advil or aspirin.
After your surgery, the diet you should follow is, ideally, the one you were following a month before. Bland, easy to digest foods could be ideal for the first few days, including soups or smoothies with protein supplements where possible. Only eat what you believe you can handle and be gentle with yourself! Clean proteins, vegetables and fruit will keep your immunity strong and promote muscle recovery once you?re back to full meals, and you should avoid excess sugar and alcohol to avoid causing inflammation!
All in all, the recovery process after cosmetic surgery will depend on what surgery you had, and the state of your body before. Nutrition is important when it comes to keeping our bodies fit and healthy, and ready to heal us when we need it. Keeping up a balanced and vitamin-rich diet can promote the immunity and cell regeneration that is needed when recovering from any surgeries or procedures, so if you?re planning on going under the knife (or laser!) any time soon, have you considered improving your diet?