Diet and Cosmetic Surgery
Denver and Boulder, Colorado
Sometimes people talk about cosmetic surgery as if it were an alternative to dieting and exercise, but a healthy diet and regular exercise are ideal complements to cosmetic surgery. If you want to get the best possible results from your cosmetic surgery, the place to start is improving your diet.
The Limits of Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery can make a dramatic difference in your appearance, but it does have limits. Procedures like liposuction cannot be used for major weight loss. Liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures work best for targeting isolated "problem areas" that do not respond to diet and exercise. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is best to do what you can with diet and exercise first, then use cosmetic surgery to address isolated fat deposits, lax skin, and other problems.
Cosmetic Surgery Complications
Studies have shown that people who are not at or near their ideal body weight are more likely to experience complications from all surgery, including cosmetic surgery. Studies have shown that liposuction patients who are obese are 8-10 times more likely to suffer complications from surgery than patients who are at or near their ideal body weight. You owe it to yourself and to your family to get in shape with diet and exercise before your surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery Recovery and Results
Recovery from any surgery draws heavily on your body's resources. As your body is working hard to put itself back together it needs protein, essential vitamins, and key trace minerals that are the building blocks of a healthy body. Toxins, contaminants, and surplus materials like excess fat can damage cells or draw resources away from healing when they must be purged or stored. Eating a balanced diet before surgery that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, small amounts of lean protein spaced evenly through the day, and is rich in whole grains gives your body what it needs to recover from surgery faster.
The quality of your cosmetic surgery results depends heavily on the quality of your skin. Maintaining good skin health will help your skin to contract smoothly with less scarring. Green vegetables contain many nutrients that maintain skin health. Studies have also shown that natural fat sources like olive oil, eggs, and fish as part of a balanced diet can improve the health of your skin and help you get the results you want from your surgery. Avoid saturated fats, fatty (especially processed) meats, butter, and dairy fat.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery and want to learn more about how our whole-body health approach makes your procedure safer and your results better, schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation at The Broadway Center for Plastic Surgery today.