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How Do Diet and Smoking Affect Plastic Surgery Recovery?

March 31, 2024plastic surgery recovery

Plastic surgery can be a stressful experience for the body, so it’s crucial to prioritize rest afterward to give your body the necessary time to heal. Recovery time post-surgery can vary from two to three weeks or even longer, depending on the specific procedure. It is important to adhere to your healthcare team’s recommendations during this time. The plastic surgery recovery process may also include maintaining a good diet and avoiding smoking, as these can affect not only your results but also your health.

How Does My Diet Affect Plastic Surgery Recovery?

When undergoing surgery, your pre and post-operative diet plays a crucial role in your recovery process. Proper nutrition can aid in quicker recovery, boost energy, and reduce post-surgery issues like constipation and fatigue. Choosing nutritious foods can support your body’s recovery process, helping you to heal faster and get back to your daily routine.

On the other hand, certain foods may hinder your healing process or raise the chances of post-surgery complications. Some items to avoid are alcohol, processed foods, caffeine, and foods with high sugar content.

How Does Smoking Affect Recovery After Surgery?

It’s important to be aware that smoking can heighten the chances of experiencing complications following a surgical procedure. Here are some reasons why:

  • Immune system: Nicotine, a main component of cigarette smoke, can suppress the immune system and make it harder for the body to fight disease.
  • Nutritional blood flow: Nicotine acts as a vasoconstrictor, reducing blood flow to the skin and potentially hindering the healing process.
  • Platelet adhesiveness: Nicotine has the potential to elevate platelet adhesiveness, consequently heightening the risk of tissue ischemia and thrombotic microvascular occlusion.
  • Wound infection: Smoking may increase the chances of an infection at the wound site.
  • Anesthesia complications: Smoking may lead to complications in procedures that use general anesthesia. 

Learn More About Plastic Surgery Recovery in Houston, TX

Although this guide may provide some basic information on the plastic surgery recovery process, nothing beats a thorough consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula. He is dedicated to helping you make informed decisions and creating a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Feel free to reach out to us to schedule a consultation either by calling 281-242-1061 or by completing our online contact form.

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, are Board-Certified Physicians, while using a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and AVÉLI ® Cellulite treatment. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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