Plastic surgery is an investment in you. After the bandages are removed, self-care plays a critical role in getting the greatest bang for your buck.
For most having plastic surgery is a well though-out decision that is not taken lightly. So much of what goes into this decision is the concern that the plastic surgery results might not last. However, patients who are committed to a proper recovery after surgery, and who are persistent in choosing health habits for the long run, will enjoy their results from plastic surgery indefinitely. Below we share 5 tips for healthy living to help you get the most out of your plastic surgery.
- Recover Right. Plastic surgery is a transformational journey, and your recovery is a fundamental part of that experience. In order to arrive at your desired destination it is critical for all patients to follow the post-operative instructions that they are given by their plastic surgeon. When recovery guidelines are not followed complications can arise, such as, infections, opening of incisions, and increased swelling. If you are considering plastic surgery, it is important that you commit to the time and personal care needed to recover.
- Eat Nutritiously. Poor diet and extreme weight fluctuations can have a negative effect on skin laxity in the body and face, and can cause the gains made through procedures such as liposuction, face lift, and breast reductions to become undone. Give yourself lasting, sustainable results by nourishing your body with a balanced diet a fresh fruit and vegetables, protein and healthy fats. Avoiding processed foods with little nutritional value is also a great way to give your body the love it deserves.
- Exercise Consistently. After your recovery period has ended, making exercise a priority in your weekly schedule will add an extremely beneficial element to the longevity of your plastic surgery results. Especially for those whose plastic surgery procedure was aimed towards weight loss and/or body contouring, 30-60 minutes of physical activity, 3-4 times a week, alongside a health diet, will help to ensure that your new physique is here to stay.
- Sleep Well. Not having enough sleep elevates cortisol levels, which contributes to leptin and insulin resistance and when this resistance occurs our bodies turn into human fat storage machines. Getting 7-8 hours of deep, meaningful sleep each night aid not only in mental and physical well-being, but it also in fat cells responsiveness to the fat regulating hormones, leptin and insulin. So give yourself permission to sleep in and get some rest, your body will thank you.
- Live Healthy. Unhealthy habits, such as smoking can have a negative impact on your body’s ability to heal after surgery, as well as the sustainability of the acquired results. Post-op is the perfect time to develop healthy habits to protect your investment for the long-term. Good habits, such as drinking plenty of water and using sunscreen daily, will not only lend themselves to a healthier you, but to a happier you.
If you are considering plastic surgery and want to learn more about what is required for optimal recovery from surgery and long-term results, contact us today for your free plastic surgery consultation. Dr. Madda is here to answer all of your plastic surgery questions, and to help ensure that you get the best plastic surgery experience available.