(PRWEB) July 01, 2013
"This is the perfect opportunity for patients to adopt a lifestyle change, and creating a healthy, yet delicious diet, will benefit the patient in many different ways," Dr. Sadati stated.
When a patient opts to have any type of cosmetic surgery, a healthy diet will help ensure a faster recovery as well as giving them the ability to perform their usual daily functions. In addition to making people feel better physically, well-balanced meals also make a person feel better emotionally and mentally. The post-operative experience can be a difficult time, but by eating right, many patients will reap the benefits of having an overall positive experience.
Dr. Sadati recommends the following tips to his patients when they are creating their meal plans prior to their procedure:
Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Hydration is essential in the days immediately following the surgery because patients may lose a lot of bodily fluids during their procedure. Dr. Sadati adds that you can boost your electrolytes by enjoying sports drinks like Gatorade.
Add fruit into your diet. Inactivity and pain medication can often lead to constipation, and additional fruit servings can help combat that issue. Peaches, pears, and prunes are all good food choices for patients recovering from plastic surgery.
Be sure to stock up on soft foods before you have your surgery. Patients who are planning to have any plastic or cosmetic surgery may find that it is difficult to eat for several days after their operation. However, it's still important to make an effort to eat for sustenance. Ideally, soft foods, such as; mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, applesauce, Jell-O, pudding, milk shakes, smoothies or soup are good for patients to have ready and available.
Expect to be nauseous and have plenty of light foods available to snack on after the operation. Nausea is a common side effect of anesthesia as well as pain medication. Patients who are feeling nauseous should snack lightly throughout the day on items like crackers, toast, bananas, applesauce or rice. This will help you feel better, as well as provide you with the nutrition you need.
Patients need to know that their pre-operative diet is important to the overall success of their surgery. It is vital for patients to be healthy before they go into the operating room. If you want to have a better recovery, you need to eat a well-balanced diet several months prior to your surgery. Patients should choose natural foods that are rich in protein, high in iron and filled with whole grains.