At CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons and highly skilled aestheticians are all committed to helping you love the skin you’re in and enjoy optimal benefits with every treatment and procedure we administer. This is why we often recommend specific treatment combinations and regimens for your unique goals, and why we often send you home with medical-grade products to further enhance healing and results.
We do everything we can to help you love your look, but did you know there are things you can do on your own, as well, to ensure the best possible results from plastic surgery and other aesthetic treatments? We’re talking about making mindful diet decisions both before AND after your procedure or treatment.
We all know how important good nutrition is to our body’s ability to heal and function optimally, so it only makes sense to take this into consideration ahead of any plastic surgery or cosmetic treatment. Keeping in mind your own dietary needs or restrictions, here are our recommendations:
Foods to eat
- Lean proteins such as white fish, chicken and tofu: Protein is the building block of tissue, so getting enough healthy protein before and after a procedure or treatment can help your body heal and repair.
- Plant-based fats such as avocados, peanuts and flaxseeds: Fats are an efficient source of energy, which is extra important pre- and post-surgery. Plant-based fats often come with plenty of healthy fiber, protein and antioxidants, making them the ideal fat source to support healing and recovery.
- Unprocessed carbohydrates such as brown rice, legumes, whole grains and quinoa: These carbs are known for being high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, helping you regain a healthy metabolism (which can be slowed by anesthesia) and promoting overall healing.
- Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as oranges, pineapples, spinach and bell peppers: These kinds of foods are high in vitamins A, C and E, all of which are important for maintaining a strong immune system and supporting tissue healing.
- Pineapple, specifically, is a great source of bromelain, which is a group of enzymes known to reduce inflammation such as swelling.
Foods to avoid
- Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and olive oil: Omega-3 is a known blood-thinner, which is important to avoid pre- and post-surgery to decrease the risk of bleeding or bruising.
- High-sodium foods such as frozen meals and processed foods: Too much sodium can contribute to bloating, which is not recommended while the body is healing.
- Alcohol: Like Omega-3 fatty acids, alcohol is also known to thin the blood, putting you at an increased risk for bleeding and bruising.
- Smoking and vaping: These are both damaging to your lungs, which can lead to a variety of health concerns, including impairing your body’s ability to heal well and efficiently after a treatment or procedure.
Your self-care and wellness are our highest priorities here in Syracuse, which is why we encourage you to make healthy, thoughtful choices based on these recommendations, as best as you’re able, ahead of and after your next cosmetic procedures. When your body has what it needs to heal and function at its best, you can truly get the most out of your results! Our highly skilled team is ready to help you love your look, so reach out to us today at (315) 663-0112 or request a consultation online to get started!