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

Posted September 18, 2020 in Preparing for Surgery, Recovery Tips

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

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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. 

What Diet Should I Follow Before My Plastic Surgery?

Any quick internet search can demonstrate how the world is flooded with the latest “fad” diets to help you lose pounds and achieve your dream body. 

With this plethora of information comes great confusion, as everyone claims to have the right solutions to your weight issues with conflicting answers. 

This can be extremely stressful for those interested in or preparing for plastic surgery, such as prospective tummy tuck or Mommy Makeover patients. Many prospective patients are aware that they should be in good overall health before undergoing surgery; however, they are not always informed that a healthy pre-surgery diet is essential to their success.

The right pre-surgery diet accomplishes a few things. First, it can help you shed a few pounds before going under the knife—which will only contribute to successful, contour-enhancing results. Secondly, it helps your body get rid of toxins that can be harmful to your recovery. Unhealthy foods (such as those with free radicals) tend to slow down the healing process, whereas antioxidant-packed foods have the opposite effect. 

It is important to rid your body of the damaging toxins and replace those toxins with essential vitamins and minerals before your body needs to even consider recovery. 

What Foods Should I Look for or Watch Out for Before My Plastic Surgery?

A simple rule of thumb is to avoid processed foods as much as possible. This will help your body metabolize food better and eliminate harmful fats, such as trans fats, from collecting. Additionally, patients should avoid foods high in carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, to avoid potential inflammation. 

Good pre-surgery foods include raw foods like vegetables and fruits. These options are easy for the body to metabolize, digest, and utilize for energy. Also, having proper circulation can be extremely beneficial to any surgery, so making sure you are eating dark leafy greens is always a plus. 

What Diet Should I Have After My Plastic Surgery?

Once your cosmetic surgery is complete, it will be important for you to give your body what it needs to recover, regenerate, and recalibrate itself to the adjustments of your new figure. This includes a healthy diet. 

Typically, you want to focus on eating light, nutrient-rich meals made up of foods such as salads, soups, stews, and legumes. Smoothies are also an efficient and easy way to get nutrients into your body, as they contain a variety of fruits, proteins, and liquids that give your body energy to fuel the healing process (just watch out for added sugars). 

These foods will also help fight inflammation and boost your immune system. 

With discipline, your post-surgery diet can accentuate your results by keeping weight off and your skin looking vibrant and healthy. 

Want To Learn More About Body or Breast Contouring Surgery in Pasadena, CA?

To learn more about how to prepare for your surgery, contact Dr. Martin O’Toole at Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery by filling out an online contact form or calling (626) 671-1756.