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Pre-Surgical and Post-Surgical Diet: What Should You Eat Before and After Plastic Surgery

Posted September 18, 2020

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Diet is a significant factor when it comes to the success of your plastic surgery preparedness and post-surgical recovery. 

illustrated stomach made out of fruits and vegetables

To give your body the environment it needs, it is essential to follow a healthy diet before and after surgery. This diet should be focused on clean eating habits that will help reduce excess fat pockets and rid toxins from the body. 

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Know What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Posted August 29, 2016

eyelid surgery recoveryRecovery from eyelid surgery to correct drooping and puffiness around the eyes generally does not take an extended time period. Most patients can return to work and a majority of normal activities in about a week.

You will likely experience bruising and swelling around the eyes in the first few days of recovery. This will subside as your body heals and can be alleviated somewhat by keeping your head elevated and icing the area.…

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Antidepressants and Plastic Surgery Recovery

Posted January 05, 2016

It is likely not necessary to discontinue antidepressant use prior to plastic surgery. Call board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr. O’Toole at (626) 689-7800 for a free consultation and to learn moreWill antidepressants slow or complicate your recovery from breast augmentation, liposuction, or another plastic surgery procedure? Conventional wisdom says yes, but new research suggests this may not be the case. An analysis of six studies looking into increased risks for bleeding after plastic surgery found that results were inconsistent at best. In fact, the authors of this meta-analysis found the risks of worsening depression symptoms or spurring “discontinuation syndrome” much more worrisome, prompting them to caution against discontinuing antidepressants prior to surgery.…

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How Long After a Facelift Can You Exercise?

Posted July 06, 2015

Facelift surgery requires a recovery period during which activities need to be minimized. Taking this time is essential for both your safety and pleasing results, and should not be reduced simply to accommodate an exercise routine.

While each patient is unique, it is typically advisable to avoid athletic activities for four to six weeks following facelift surgery.…

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Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Posted July 21, 2014

During your tummy tuck planning phase at Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Martin O’Toole will carefully explain steps you need to take before your procedure to help minimize risks and increase positive results. We encourage you to ask any questions you have during this time to ensure you are completely comfortable with what is required before your procedure.…

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How Soon after Breast Surgery can I go Swimming?

Posted June 05, 2014

During the summertime in Los Angeles, swimming is simply a daily part of many people’s lives. However, swimming immediately following breast surgery can have a negative impact on your results. Los Angeles breast surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole will discuss this with you in more detail during your initial consultation.

Resuming Normal Activities

How long you need to wait to go swimming following breast surgery will depend on a number of factors.…

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How Soon after Breast Augmentation can I Exercise?

Posted May 28, 2014

Following your breast augmentation procedure you will need to give your body time to heal before you engage in strenuous activities. Placing strain on incisions or overexertion in general can result in issues such as discomfort, swelling, and even unfavorable results. During your Los Angeles breast enhancement consultation with Dr. Martin O’Toole how long you will need to wait to engage in your normal activities can be discussed in more detail.…

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Maintaining Your Los Angeles Mommy Makeover Results

Posted March 17, 2014

Board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole provides customized mommy makeover procedures to women living throughout Southern California. This procedure addresses the areas of the body most impacted by pregnancy and often includes treatments such as:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Tummy tuck surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Thigh lift
  • Buttock lift

What your mommy makeover will entail depends entirely on how pregnancy has impacted your body and is best determined by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr.…

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Maintaining Your Hollywood Tummy Tuck Results

Posted December 06, 2013

Following tummy tuck surgery, you will need to take some time to rest and recover. Your recovery period offers the ideal time to begin taking daily walks to not only help reduce swelling and postoperative discomfort, but provide a possible springboard for a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Board-certified Hollywood tummy tuck surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole will work with you after your procedure to help ensure you understand when to begin mild exercise and when to step your activities up to enhance your tummy tuck results.…

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When Can I Massage After Breast Surgery?

Posted September 19, 2013

Early implant massage is generally helpful after most types of breast implant surgery to lessen the chances of capsular contracture.  I recommend it once the surgical pain is minimal and the initial swelling has subsided.  This can be as soon as one week post-op.  I recommend that you ask your surgeon since he was the only one who was there and who knows exactly what was done. …

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