As an expert in the cosmetic surgery industry with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Kevin Sadati has found that a well-balanced diet is essential to the surgical recovery process. In a recent blog post, Dr. Sadati emphasizes the importance of good nutrition and provides powerful post-operative diet tips for plastic surgery patients.
“This is the perfect opportunity for patients to adopt a lifestyle change, and creating a healthy yet delicious diet will benefit the patient in many different ways,” Dr. Sadati stated.
When a patient opts to have any type of cosmetic surgery, a healthy diet will help ensure a faster recovery and ability to perform usual functions of one’s daily routine. In addition to making people feel better physically, well-balanced meals also make a person feel better emotionally. The post-operative experience can be a difficult time, but by eating right many patients will reap the benefits of having a positive attitude.
Dr. Sadati recommends the following tips as patients are creating their meal plans for after their operations:
Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Hydration is essential in the days immediately following the operation as patients lose a lot of bodily fluids during the surgery. Dr. Sadati adds that you can boost your electrolytes by enjoying sports drinks like Gatorade. Add fruit into your diet. Inactivity can often lead to constipation, and additional fruit servings can help combat that issue. Peaches, pears, and prunes are all good food choices for patients recovering from plastic surgery.
Be sure to stock up on soft foods before you have your surgery. Patients who have gone under any form of plastic or cosmetic surgery may find that it is difficult to eat for several days after their operation. However, it’s still important to make an effort to consume soft foods. Ideas for soft foods include mashed sweet potatoes, applesauce, Jell-O, pudding, milk shakes, smoothies or soup.
Expect to be nauseous and have plenty of light foods available to snack on after the operation. Nausea is a common side effect of anesthesia. Patients who are feeling nauseous should snack lightly throughout the day on items like crackers, toast, bananas, applesauce or rice. This will help you feel better as well as provide you with the nutrition you need.
Patients also need to know that their pre-operative diet is important to the overall success of their surgery. Patients need to be healthy before they go into the operating room, so it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet stocked with vitamins and nutrients for several months leading up to the surgery. Patients should choose natural foods that are rich in protein, high in iron and filled with whole grains.
“Patients who place a priority on nutrition typically enjoy better results and an easier recovery process. A well-balanced diet is essential in so many different ways,” Dr. Sadati noted. If you are looking into cosmetic surgery and think it might be the best choice for you, set up a free cosmetic consultation today. Dr. Sadati will help you decide which procedures are needed in order to accomplish your goals. He will craft a custom plan designed to meet your individual needs.
For more information on the importance of a well-balanced diet before and after any type of cosmetic surgery procedure, contact Dr. Sadati’s office today.