Your body uses certain nutrients from healthy foods to help heal your surgical wounds faster and better! Superstar nutrients that are important for healing include lean protein, zinc, and vitamins A, B, and C. The good news is that meeting your needs for these nutrients can be achieved without supplementation. However, if your diet and lifestyle make it difficult to achieve this through diet alone, vitamin supplementation is perfectly fine and safe.
Optimizing nutrition can dramatically impact the body’s healing abilities and immune defense mechanisms. Along with the recovery benefits, a balanced diet can improve mental health. Vitamin C is important for skin and tissue healing, and other antioxidants, such as Vitamin A and E, neutralize free radicals so your cells can function optimally. Consuming anti-inflammatory foods can reduce post-surgical inflammation. Also, it’s important to limit your sodium intake, which will help with swelling.
Avoiding a catabolic (fasting) state with appropriate preoperative preparation continued into the postoperative phase will maximize healing and recovery. After the body experiences trauma (surgery), optimal nutrition helps it heal and recuperate. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid sugary foods as well!
Before a procedure, unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking need to be stopped. These will have a significant negative impact on the outcome of your surgery.
Proper diet and exercise are essential to achieving and maintaining cosmetic results. A smooth pre- and post-operative experience require a commitment to health and wellness that starts weeks, months, or even years in advance. The great thing about this is that there are so many options that you can customize based on your dietary preferences and lifestyle.