Plastic surgery in Singapore has been very popular for a long time. Many men and women in Singapore visit aesthetic clinics like Dream each year to improve their outer appearances. Sometimes though, there are times when the results of a plastic surgery procedure aren’t the most ideal and you can really notice it from the before and after pictures.
In times like these, it is often easy to blame the plastic surgeon or the clinic for botching the procedure. Usually, the reason for the botched plastic surgery is that the surgeon was not properly trained or did not have enough experience to perform the procedure. Other times it can be blamed on the equipment or the competency of the clinic staff.
Important Things to Consider for Plastic Surgery
It is very important that before a person commits to have their plastic surgery done with a particular clinic or surgeon, that he/she takes time to research about the clinic or doctor’s accomplishments and credentials. Reading clinic and surgeon reviews are another great way to determine whether or not the plastic surgeon is a trusted one. People have to be well informed before they undergo a procedure that could potentially be life-changing.
However, there are times where the doctor and clinic performing the plastic surgery have the complete credentials, training and experience to perform the procedure, but the results are not too good. This is because sometimes the patient’s preparation and aftercare for the procedure has affected the results. Most of the time, it’s because the patient did not have the required nutrients needed to stabilize him/her during the procedure and to improve his/her recovery experience.
How to Control Swelling and Inflammation in Our Body
Most plastic surgery procedures are invasive, which means that the patient has to go under the knife. Our body’s natural response to surgery is to cause the inflammation or swelling of different tissues, which is due to our body sending more blood into the operated area. The blood contains platelets and nutrients that aims to heal the affected area. There are times, however, that there is too much inflammation in an area. This causes intense pain which can affect the body’s natural healing process.
To fix this, we employ various aftercare routines to help control the swelling and inflammation. Two of the most popular ways to reduce inflammation is by elevating the inflamed area or by applying a cold temperature to it using perhaps a cold compress. When you elevate an inflamed area of the body, gravity discourages blood flow to the inflamed area which reduces inflammation. On the other hand, applying a cold compress soothes the pain from inflammation and also prevents further irritation.
The Effects of Food and Nutrition Before and After Plastic Surgery Cannot Be Understated
An understated remedy for swelling and inflammation is the food that we eat. The main purpose of food is to provide nutrients to our body so that it functions well. The food that we eat and the nutrition it provides to our body can dictate so much about how our body works and develops. For example, if a person doesn’t have the required amount of calcium in his/her body, it can affect the strength of his/her bones, which could lead to a higher risk of fractures happening.
In the case of reducing inflammation, some of these nutrients that we take in through our food actually have anti-inflammatory properties and helps control the swelling. It is important that a patient follows a diet of food that is rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients before undergoing surgery.
When it comes to healing, there are also nutrients that promote the body’s natural regeneration. Post-surgery, a patient must have a diet rich in these nutrients.
Food to Eat Before Plastic Surgery
To prepare for the surgical procedure, the patient must eat food that is low in sodium. Some of these foods include:
- Fruits and Vegetables – This is the recommended diet for patients before undergoing surgery. Fruits and vegetables have low sodium content and are rich in many useful nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. All of these nutrients are good for you even after the surgery.
- Lean Meat – If you want to eat meat, choose lean meats like chicken, fish and lean pork. You can also get protein from other sources like nuts, beans and eggs.
- Low-Fat Dairy – Choose the low-fat options for your dairy.
Food to Eat After Plastic Surgery
After the procedure, the patient must focus all of his/her efforts into recovery. When it comes to the diet, we want to speed up healing, reduce side effects and prevent infections. Due to this, all the food recommended before plastic surgery is also recommended after. It is also recommended that patients add soft foods to his/her post-surgery diet. The stress from recent surgery can affect a person’s digestion. To help your stomach relax, add soft foods to your diet up to 2 weeks after surgery. Popular options include soups and shakes.
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