Richard Bloom - September 5, 2011

Healing Post Surgery

By Richard Bloom, Plastic Surgeon - 

It is important to take care of your skin throughout the stages of your life – but did you know that pre and post-surgery, your skin may require changes to your daily skincare regime and your diet to promote the healing process?

Prior to surgery, it is important to discuss with your doctor what you can do to achieve the best post-operative results. The most important advice is to drink plenty of water, cut down on alcohol intake and eat a balanced, healthy diet. It is also essential to ensure you are getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and do not smoke for at least 6 weeks prior to any operation.

It is necessary to continue taking all of your regular medications but to stop any non essential vitamins and supplements two weeks before your surgery.

With respect to wound healing, there is no one quick fix answer. Some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as part of a balanced diet may help to promote wound healing.

The following supplements are known to be safe prior to surgery:

  • Vitamin A: important for the restoration and regeneration of skin cells and tissues, and may improve wound healing.
  • Vitamin C: required to make collagen, a major component of skin, it is also an effective antioxidant.
  • Vitamin E: has antioxidant properties and is a free radical scavenger.
  • Arnica: has been shown to decrease bruising and swelling in surgical patients.

As with your daily skin health, it is always advisable to be “sun safe”, eat a healthy diet, moderate your alcohol intake, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, stop smoking, and follow a good skincare regime.  With any new treatments or supplements, it is best to speak to your doctor first.

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