Did you know the ‘ideal weight’ for many plastic surgical procedures is one essential requisite that determines the final result of an operation? It has been found that procedures like breast reduction and augmentation, liposuction and even a simple facelift can have positive results if patient undergoes weight-loss to the desired weight, prior to surgery. But isn’t liposuction an effective weight-loss tool? Not really! Planned weight-loss by following a healthy diet regimen prior to liposuction offers the best results and much easier to maintain. The same goes for breast augmentation.
Plastic Surgery Diet – Not Just an Ordinary Fad Diet!
The world doesn’t need a new fad diet and from a plastic surgeon no less! This however isn’t a fad ‘new’ diet but something that has been around for years! Unlike other diets, this one encourages healthy and reasonable eating that promotes better healing which helps after surgery. Additionally, the plastic surgery diet decreases inflammation, bloating and swelling of tissue after surgery.
Why Does Inflammation Occur After Any Surgical Procedure Is Done?
It is our body’s natural mechanism against injury. Note how inflammation and swelling occurs around a severe ankle sprain? That is our body’s reaction to the sprain, i.e. blood supply increases and reaches the injured area to promote healing with help from added nutrients (in the blood).
A similar response takes place after surgery, over the site of the surgical procedure. However, too much swelling in the operated area can actually hinder healing. Increased level of inflammation and swelling must be controlled through:
- A diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids
3 Key Principles Of The Diet Are…
Rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, this diet is a slight modification of the classic Mediterranean diet. It means individuals considering breast augmentation or liposuction must eat foods cooked in monounsaturated oils (olive oil). They must also eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fish (or fish oil supplements) and whole grain food items.
Studies show role of unhealthy fats when it comes to increase in inflammation is profound. On the other hand, healthy fats significantly help decrease swelling and inflammation.
Take a look at the following guidelines that will help people incorporate this healthy and delicious diet in their daily eating plan:
- Unhealthy fats should be avoided at all costs. This means saying no to margarine, deep-fried foods or items containing Trans/saturated fat.
- Increase intake of monounsaturated oils. Use extra virgin olive oil, canola, flaxseed, or walnut oil when cooking.
- Totally eliminate intake of unhealthy carbs, i.e. refined sugars, flours, white rice and food items that are high on the glycemic index.
- Center your base diet on whole grains like brown rice and bulgur wheat.
- Refined and processed foods must be avoided at all costs.
- Avoid salt and substitute it for anti-inflammatory herbs and spices (onions, garlic, turmeric, ginger, curry, and cayenne).
- Moderation must be followed when drinking red wine. Only one or two glasses in a day.
Limit your daily food intake to 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day however this also depends on your size and exercise activity. Remember: maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle even after undergoing breast augmentation in San Diego will significantly decrease your downtime and ensure far better results. Consult with Dr. Sadrian MD before tackling this or any other diet!