Attn. Liposuction Patients: Nutrition Equals Healing!

In December 2008, a study was published on the importance of nutrition for healing in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The study results determined that nutrition has an impact on scar quality, energy levels and prevention of surgical complications. The study focused on massive weight loss patients and the report suggested that the right supplemental powder drinks and multivitamin tablets optimized the healing process.

Vitamins are the beginning. To break it down, vitamins fall into two categories- water soluble and fat soluble. Many people are not fully informed about the differences between the two categories or when they are appropriate to use. For example, a philosophy behind the water soluble B group is that should be taken simultaneously in order to provide a benefit. Yet, the B vitamin water soluble group may not be advised to take prior to plastic surgery. Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed by fat cells and do not need to be taken more than a few times a week to be effective under normal circumstances. However, pain and healing use fat soluble vitamins more quickly. So, the food you eat in the weeks before surgery and after can play a role in the outcome of healing from liposuction. Too, it is particularly important to check with your plastic surgeon about the use of vitamins within two weeks before and after surgery. Some vitamins may adversely interact with your body in the healing process and may cause complications. This is another reason why the foods you eat are a priority for liposuction surgery, including:

  • Whole foods such as baked potatoes, whole grains, berries and the like
  • Fiber, including: oats, legumes (beans, peas, and soybeans), apples, bananas, berries, barely, whole wheat foods, bran, nuts, seeds, and the skin of some fruits and vegetables.
  • Lean Protein such as chicken breast and turkey breast (with skin removed), egg whites, flounder, sole, clams, lobster, shrimp, top round beef, non-fat cottage cheese, black beans, kidney beans, and lentils
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, including: concentrated drinks, bars and supplements
  • Green drinks such as wheat grass

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