Why Lifestyle Changes and Plastic Surgery Go Together
The team at Gaines Plastic Surgery knows that surgery is just part of a process of improvement. We’ve helped so many people in the Gainesville area understand that they can make changes on their end to really make a difference in the long run.
Before and after facial plastic surgery, body contouring treatments, or breast enhancement procedures, there are lifestyle changes to consider for the best results. Let’s explore why this is important and some of the changes to consider.
Change Is the Goal, and Also Essential
Plastic surgery is all about changing for the better. While an experienced plastic surgeon can do a lot of great work, the patient can do a lot as well to ensure speedy recovery and long-lasting results. Change really can be external and internal, which is why patients are often asked to make some lifestyle changes before surgery and to consider long-term changes after the surgery has been performed.
You are what you eat. Your diet can have a major impact on how you recover from surgery as well as your appearance. Be sure to eat healthy foods in the lead up to surgery, like fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and natural fats that are good for you. It will help you lose a little weight, feel great, and become healthier in the long run.
Exercise is essential for proper cardiovascular health and to alleviate stress. It can also help you lose weight and maintain muscle tone. Be sure to exercise before your surgery to be in better health. Continue making exercise part of your daily routine.
Avoiding Tobacco Products
Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to so many problems, including lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. In addition, smoking makes you more susceptible to infection and can dry out and damage the skin. If you really want to look your best and feel good, kick the habit.
Minimizing Alcohol Consumption
Doctors say a little wine every now and then is good for your health, but the emphasis should be on “a little”. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to premature aging and other health issues.
Avoiding Certain Medication
Before you undergo surgery, you will likely be asked to avoid taking certain kinds of medications. Blood thinners, for instance, can lead to issues with the way your wounds heal and the clotting of the blood. This will typically mean getting off these drugs for a few weeks before surgery and a few weeks after. Follow these instructions closely.
Preparing Yourself Mentally
Even a seemingly minor surgery can be a major source of anxiety. In the weeks leading into surgery and the weeks as you recover, be sure to have a strong support network in place. Having people to talk to and to provide stability can be extremely helpful in such trying times.
Protecting Your Skin from the Sun
After surgery, it’s important that you practice some common sense rules when it comes to the sun. To avoid sun damage and prevent liver spots and other issues with your skin, be sure to wear sunblock when you’re outdoors. Wearing a hat and sunglasses is also helpful for shielding your face and eyes from harm.
Learn More About Your Plastic Surgery Options
To learn more about your options for aesthetic enhancement and improving your sense of well being, be sure to speak with an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon today. The team at Gaines Plastic Surgery will help you look great and feel great.