It can be tempting to think of a cosmetic surgery procedure as being the answer for a variety of problems, such as self-esteem issues, social embarrassment or even stage fright in public situations. In addition, some patients may think that once the procedure is completed, there is nothing left for them to do. Instead, patients are encouraged to think of any cosmetic surgery or cosmetic procedure as an investment into the health and beauty of their minds and bodies that require continual dedication to maintain. While this maintenance may not require anything out of the ordinary for some individuals, it may require others to introduce some healthy habits into their lives. Not only can these habits maintain the results of a cosmetic procedure but also they can improve the overall health and wellness of the body.
Steps to Maximize Recovery Time After Cosmetic Surgeries
- First, a healthy diet can do much to keep weight under control and can also provide some side benefits, such as improved facial complexions and improved mood. A healthy diet is particularly important following body contouring procedures that remove excess fat and other tissues to create a curvier, more pleasing shape. The simplest way to improve one’s diet is by increasing fruit and vegetable intake and by cutting out processed sugars and grains.
- Second, regular exercise is another important component of maintaining a beautiful body shape. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of activity per week. Healthy exercise should contain a mixture of strength as well as cardio training, which can improve bone and joint health while also burning fat.
- Finally, cosmetic surgery patients are encouraged to eliminate unhealthy habits that can decrease healing and cause side effects both before and after surgery. Smoking is a huge problem for surgery patients because it significantly slows the healing process. However, alcohol consumption should also be kept in moderation.
Patients must keep in mind that cosmetic surgery procedures cannot stop the aging process or change one’s genetic makeup. Rather they can change or improve some features of the face and body to improve natural beauty while increasing private and public confidence. However, eating healthy, exercising regularly and nixing unhealthy habits can keep cosmetic surgery results as positive as possible and can even improve quality and longevity of life in many cases. Dr. Tavoussi can discuss pre-operative and post-operative health habits at the OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique.