5 Things to Stop Doing after Any Plastic Surgery

Jul 11th, 2017No Comments

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While your plastic surgeon will give you a list of specific things you should and should not do before or after a plastic surgery, there are a few that apply to any surgery at all. Here, you’ll learn more about staying healthy after plastic surgery and the effects that these habits can have on your post-surgery body.

#1 – Smoking

By now, everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is bad for you. It causes lung cancer, both in the smoker and those exposed to the smoke, and it increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and a host of other conditions. Smoking after a plastic surgery slows the healing process, and in some cases, it can completely block your body’s ability to heal properly. Following a plastic surgery, quitting smoking is vital for proper recovery. You’ll need plenty of oxygen to help form the scar tissue that is necessary for healing, and smoking reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients your blood can carry drastically.

#2 – Overindulging in Alcohol

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a glass of wine (or two) here and there, overindulging in alcohol after surgery can have some significant repercussions. Remember that plastic surgeries do interfere with your body’s immune system. Your white blood cells must go to work fighting infections, which means there are fewer of them to help contend with common illnesses. Alcohol decreases your body’s white blood cell count significantly, which can make you more prone to illness – or worse, infection in your incision. Alcohol is also a blood thinner, so it’s wise to avoid it altogether until your incision is mostly healed.

#3 – Eating an Unhealthy Diet

Eating right is good for both the mind and the body, so if you haven’t adopted a healthy lifestyle complete with a balanced diet, post-surgery is a good time to start. The more nutrients you can give your body, the faster it will heal, and the better the overall result will look. Remember that fatty foods and foods laden with sugar can affect your body’s insulin response, which can affect levels of a hormone in your body called cortisol. Studies have shown that elevated levels of cortisol can shut down your immune system, which makes healing a long, drawn-out process. Eating right can help keep your hormones in balance, which makes healing faster.

#4 – Procrastinating on Exercise

Immediately after your surgery, you’ll likely be asked to avoid intense exercise altogether, and in some cases, depending on the surgery you had, you may need to spend much of your time resting for the first few days. However, once your surgeon has released you to return to your normal daily activity, you’ll want to make sure you’re exercising regularly. This keeps your heart healthy, which can improve your overall results. In fact, if you had a plastic surgery like skin removal or liposuction, it can even keep your results looking fresh for many years to come.

#5 – Skipping the Moisturizer

Facial plastic surgeries are among the most common in the United States, and they can make people appear years younger. The skin on your face is quite thin in some areas, and gravity certainly plays a role in making it sag. If you haven’t incorporated a daily moisturizer into your routine, now is the time to start. You’ll want to look for a moisturizer with ingredients designed to improve your body’s natural production of collagen, such as hyaluronic acid, and you’ll also want to choose a product that offers a strong moisture barrier to keep your skin soft and supple.

Be sure to follow your surgeon’s advice post-surgery, but take these five things you should avoid after plastic surgery to heart at the same time. It’s vital to live a healthy lifestyle if you want to enjoy (and keep) the best possible results, and these five tips will help you do just that.

Written by Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

The office of Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, Advanced Facial Aesthetics located in Boston, MA offers a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments including Botox, FFS, Rhinoplasty and many others. Call 617-566-3223 or email us at info@drspiegel.com Google+

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