Your health and lifestyle habits should strongly be taken into consideration prior to your having any type of cosmetic surgery. Not only can good health and positive lifestyle habits lower your risk for complications during surgery, but they can improve your outcome and help you maintain long-term results following surgery. For example, quitting smoking prior to cosmetic surgery can result in faster, more efficient recovery and healing, whereas controlling your weight can help you maintain the best long-term tummy tuck or liposuction results.
Take a look at how the following lifestyle choices can play a role in the outcome of your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Most individuals, including smokers, understand how smoking can impact lung health, but what many don’t know is that smoking can accelerate the aging process of skin, muscle, and bodily tissue. Smoking has a negative impact on your body’s ability to regulate healthy blood flow, and can cause your blood vessels to constrict significantly. After cosmetic surgery, your body must have healthy blood flow to deliver and carry blood, oxygen, and nutrients to affected areas that require healing. Poor blood flow due to smoking can result in inefficient healing, longer recovery time, and an increase in complications. Quit smoking as soon as possible before having surgery for the best possible outcome.
Limit your alcohol intake
Your healthcare provider may recommend that you drink a glass of red wine one or more nights per week to promote good cardiovascular health. However, if you consume too much alcohol on a regular basis, your blood becomes thinner and blood vessels can become too wide, increasing the risk for complications such as excessive bleeding during surgery. Plus, alcohol can interfere with medications, including those that may be prescribed to you to help manage pain following surgery.
Alcohol also has the ability to dehydrate your body and dry out your skin, so if you undergo any cosmetic skin treatments, the effects of treatment could be negated by the effects of alcohol.
Eat healthy, whole, nutritious foods
Healthy, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, fish, and lean meats contain powerful antioxidants along with vitamins and minerals that can boost your immune system and help slow down the aging process. These types of nutritious foods can also help improve the appearance of your skin and complexion, and put off the development of wrinkles and fine lines.
If you undergo cosmetic procedures such as tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and body lift surgery, eating a healthy diet is crucial to helping maintain your weight. A healthy diet will also allow your body to heal faster and maintain long-lasting results from surgery.
Are you interested in having one or more cosmetic treatments to improve your confidence and physical appearance? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for cosmetic surgery.