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Optimizing Your Body’s Ability to Heal After Liposuction

Optimizing Your Body’s Ability to Heal After Liposuction
 
Patient’s Active Role in the Healing Process

Most Americans consume diets to high in calories and deficient in essential nutrients.  Over 70% of adults do not get two-thirds of the recommended daily allowance or one or more nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.  These statistics come as no surprise, because most of our daily meals are full of packaged, processed nutrient poor foods that contribute largely to nutritional deficiencies. This results in a shortage of micronutrients and antioxidants that are extremely important to surgical patients undergoing trauma (surgery), anesthesia, and recovery (wound healing).

Nutritionally raw materials are necessary for the formation of healthy new tissue and blood vessels. This complex process can be severely impaired by a diet deficient in essential nutrients.  Lie many bodily functions, wound healing is often a standard and successful process performed by our body.  However, a patient in poor health may not heal so easily.  Studies have shown that as many as 30% of patients are malnourished prior to surgery and of course the damage that these deficiencies create in the body not only effect you before surgery but will also allow the body to undergo an extreme amount of stress during the surgery, reeking havoc on the body’s ability to heal at it’s optimal level.  However, patients can take an active role before surgery to counter the ill-effect of an unhealthy diet and to reduce the need for drugs after surgery by taking supplements combined with exercise and healthy eating habits will not only promote a healthier body but also gives patients a stronger sense of participation in the surgical process, and also contributes to patients being more relaxed and psychologically prepared for their surgery and the recovery that will follow.
 
Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals

Free radicals are harmful agents that occur in our bodies due to oxidation that takes place on a cellular level.  The process of oxidation can be contributed to the intake of chemicals, trauma, insufficient nutrients, stress, and poor diet.  Excessive free radicals have many harmful effects, such as suppressing the immune system or interference of normal cell activity, which in turn causes tissue damage and affects wound healing.  Antioxidants are very beneficial and counter the effects that free radicals have on the body and also play an important role the prevention of further tissue damage and oxidation that may occur due to surgery and anesthesia. Specific vitamins and minerals that the body needs to fight the damage caused by free radicals, such as vitamin A selenium, vitamin C, and bioflavonoids all act as antioxidants that can be given before surgery to help protect the patient and promote a healthy and speedy recovery.  Specific supplements will also enhance the body’s own natural ability to heal and protect against free radical damage when taken after surgery, not only helping to optimize surgical results but strengthening the entire system from the inside-out, right down to the body’s cellular level.

Nutritional Factors and Healing

In order for our body to heal, essential and vital nutrients are necessary to promote this process. However, nutrient deficiencies or malnutrition when present can have a severe impact on the outcome of one’s ability to heal after surgery.  There is no doubt that adequate amounts of carbohydrates, fat, and protein intake are required for healing to take place.  One of the most common forms of malnutrition is due to the loss of protein, which can lead to decreased T-cell function and a decrease in antibody levels ultimately diminishing the body’s ability to defend itself and any wound against infection.

Micronutrients are essential components that work directly with cellular function and are divided into organic compounds known as vitamins.  Vitamins and the nutrients they provide for the body’s overall nutritional needs are relied on heavily by the cells that carry out wound healing. Copper, zinc, and iron are just a few of the trace elements present in the body and have the closest relationship when it comes to healing the body.  It is important to remember that all supplements should be taken under the supervision of a trained medical practitioner to avoid any complications or contraindications that could occur before or after surgery.  This will ensure that the right supplements are being taken when the body needs them most, providing the body the best possible chance to heal and recover naturally.  By using this approach, you will not only benefit from it after your healing phase is complete, but you will also maintain your surgical results due to your healthy lifestyle change.

The Program at Orchid Surgery Center

This detailed approach in optimizing your recovery and preparing your body for surgery is something that we not only practice at Orchid Surgery Center, but we believer in. Being able to support our patients from start to finish not only by providing aesthetic results, but creating complete health and beauty from the inside out.

The next article will discuss how to maintain your surgical results after the healing phase.


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