We all want to look our best each day, and we know that good skin care and the help of a skilled cosmetic surgeon can do wonders. But don’t forget that what you put inside your body can make you look great too. In fact, your diet and nutritional intake can have a big impact on your appearance.
Healing after a cosmetic procedure
After you’ve had cosmetic surgery, such as a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or liposuction, your body will be working hard to recover. And to help it with this process, your diet should include a number of nutritious whole foods that help your skin and tissues heal.
One study showed that women who increased their fruit and vegetable intake after cosmetic surgery had fewer signs of inflammation in the weeks following surgery than those who didn’t eat more of these foods. This can improve the body’s healing process and decrease any swelling. Just as ice reduces swelling after you sprain an ankle, healthy foods reduce swelling throughout the body. We already know that eating these foods improves immunity and overall health, which will only work to your benefit after having a procedure.
Your cosmetic surgeon will likely recommend you consume plenty of fiber and fluids after surgery to keep your digestion moving smoothly, minimize bloating, and to give your body optimal hydration for healing. Eating fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables is an easy and healthy way to get this added fiber and water in your diet.
Eating right to look great
Many cosmetic surgeons will tout the benefits of eating healthy foods in order to keep your skin and body looking its best. Yes, we know that being at a healthy weight is best, and you’ll probably feel better about your figure if you’re eating right and exercising. But beyond that, there are certain foods that can help you look your best at any age:
- Healthy fats: Omega-3 fats found in salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts are necessary for many of your body’s functions, including skin repair. Monounsaturated fats found in cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, some nuts, and avocados are also important for beautiful skin and a healthy body. Eat more of these healthy fats, and less of the unhealthy ones such as saturated fats and trans fats, found in fatty meats and processed foods.
- Antioxidants: Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which help fight environmental damage to your skin. Beans and legumes contain antioxidants as well. It’s best to get these nutrients from whole foods and a healthy diet, rather than supplements alone. Nearly any type of colorful produce will contain some of these powerhouse nutrients.
A healthy diet can benefit nearly everyone, helping to increase energy levels, fight illness and disease, and keep you looking youthful and healthy. It’s one easy, low-cost way to keep your body in the best condition possible. And when paired with cosmetic surgery, it’s a healthy and effective way to help you recover faster and get the best possible results.
The surgeons at GLOW Surgical Arts focus on helping their patients be the best version of themselves. Contact us to schedule a consultation for cosmetic surgery or a minimally invasive procedure that’s right for you.