The Connection Between Nutrition, Wound Healing and Cosmetic Surgery
Everybody knows that the end result of cosmetic surgery is to look and feel your best. But did you know that a way to improve your results even more is to follow a reasonable diet? That’s because sticking to a specific diet helps you reach an ideal weight, promote better healing and help speed up the recovery process.
And perhaps one of the most important things about a proper diet is that eating certain foods can also decrease excess inflammation in the body after surgery. When your body experiences what is considered a traumatic event, like a severe ankle sprain or surgical procedure, it reacts with inflammation and swelling, increasing the blood flow to the affected site to promote healing. That being said, too much swelling can actually interfere with proper healing. By adopting a proper diet, you can decrease inflammation in your body after cosmetic surgery.
Consider the following tips for adopting a delicious diet that’s good for you too:
- Avoid unhealthy fats. Deep-fried foods, margarine, and foods with trans-fat and saturated fat increase inflammation while monounsaturated oils like extra virgin olive oil, canola, flaxseed or walnut oils decrease inflammation.
- Up your Vitamin C intake. Fruits and vegetables are packed with Vitamin C. Citrus fruits, tomatoes and even potatoes are great sources for Vitamin C, as are red and green peppers, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe and Brussel sprouts. Vitamin C plays an essential role in producing collagen, which is a key component of connective tissue and plays a vital role in wound healing.
- Cut out carbs without a cause. Typically referred to as “white” carbs, refined sugars, flours, and white rice should be eliminated from your diet. Similarly, you should avoid refined and processed foods, as well.
- Think Zinc. Red meat, oysters, crab and some cereals are a significant resource for Zinc, which promotes the healing of wounds.
- Incorporate fruits and vegetables. Particularly ones that are high in antioxidants, such as dark leafy greens, blueberries, strawberries, all of which help decrease inflammation.
- Hold the salt. The excess consumption of salt can cause a range of side effects, including inflammation and high blood pressure. Consider using other herbs and spices to season your foods like garlic, onions, curry or ginger.
- Eat more fish. Salmon, mackerel, halibut and herring are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t like fish, opt for an omega-3 dietary supplement to help with the healing process.
Eating healthy before surgery can help you get back on your feet much quicker after cosmetic surgery, and hopefully it will help you adopt a more healthy lifestyle at the same time!
If you are considering cosmetic surgery in Southampton, Woodbury or Manhattan, please contact Dr. Greenberg to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.