One of the great advantages of cosmetic surgery is that the patient’s treatment is discussed in detail between the patient and the physician, and it is scheduled well in advance. This allows the patient to take care of his/her diet, which is one of the most important preparatory phases, but also important both before and after the procedure so as to help his/her body recover faster. And – of course – always according to the physician’s recommendations.
What you should eat before the procedure
Your body will require more nutrients so as to enhance the healing of the incisions that will be necessary during the procedure.
Proteins are essential for new blood cells formation and collagen production. They are also vital for the proper functioning of the nervous and immune systems. The best sources of proteins in a nutrition plan as part of a cosmetic surgery procedure include low-fat fish, eggs, lean meat and plant proteins, such as soy products and nuts.
Pre-operational stress causes an increase in free radicals and as a result healing may be slowed down or tissue damage may occur. To avoid this, you should supplement your diet with certain antioxidants, such as vitamins A and C, selenium and manganese. Prefer eating organic fruits and vegetables at least five times per day – they are rich in antioxidants. You should also drink sufficient water.
What to avoid
You should reduce salt and avoid consuming sugar. Carbohydrate-rich foods may suppress the body’s immune function and promote inflammations. One week before the surgical operation you should not consume anything that may interfere with healing and blood coagulation, such as vitamins Ε, C, K, B, A, D. Ginger, green tea, linseed, aubergines, garlic, tomatoes and potatoes may interfere with blood coagulation time or anaesthesia, and you should avoid these until the end of the recovery period. Alcohol, caffeine, and aspartame are also neurotoxins and they should be excluded from your diet.
What you should eat after the procedure
After the surgical procedure you will need five times more nutrients than you usually eat so as to enhance the prevention of inflammation and to promote faster healing. Eating properly helps the immune system, as it prevents infections and minimises swelling, pain and inflammation.
Light and easily digestible meals should be preferred for up to 72 hours after the procedure, because post-operative stress usually makes digestion more difficult. You can consume foods rich in monounsaturated fats, extra virgin olive oil, and foods such as avocado, cherry and blueberry that have significant anti-inflammatory properties. You should also avoid salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol for a few days. Following your doctor’s recommendations for your pre- and post-operative nutrition will improve both your treatment experience and the recovery speed.
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