What to eat after plastic surgery: List of foods & tips

What to eat after plastic surgery: List of foods & tips

In this article, we are going to talk about the diet that you should follow after plastic surgery. There is a myth that people who have cancer and other diseases must change their entire way of life (including food, exercise, and social relations) when they enter recovery time. The same applies to plastic surgery patients too.

The truth is that you don’t have to change your entire life only because you’re recovering from plastic surgery. You can eat all the fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products you like.

It’s better for people who have undergone plastic surgery not to even think about losing weight. On the contrary, it’s better for them to gain some weight in order to feel comfortable after surgery and improve their health. The only drawback here is that you shouldn’t overeat and eat high-calorie food items.

Types Of Food You Can Eat

If it is possible for you to use a hot plate or stove then it means that you are able to cook any item of food you like without changing your diet during recovery. If you cannot use a hot plate or stove you can use pre-cooked frozen meals.

In any case, during the time of recovery, it is allowed to include more salt, spices, and pepper in your diet; also sweeteners are allowed (they help to reduce swelling).

Here is a list of foods that are allowed during recovery time:

– Fruits, vegetables.

– Soups.

– Low-fat dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese).

– Beef, fish, and chicken without skin and bones.

– Bread (you can toast it or eat it with margarine) and cereals.

Sweets are also allowed, but you shouldn’t overeat sweets. It’s better to eat fruits and drink fruit juice instead of eating a lot of sweets.

Is Alcohol Allowed?

Alcoholic beverages are also allowed but you cannot overdo it with them, especially when recovering from plastic surgery on your head, neck, or face. In case you have had plastic surgery on any other part of your body then there is no problem drinking alcohol as long as you don’t overdo it.

Stay In Touch With Your Doctor

Your plastic surgeon knows the exact points of your body that have been operated on. That is why he/she will know better if you are able to stay away from unhealthy foods or not.

So, try to be in touch with your doctor all the time and discuss any details about your recovery process and diet. Remember: what matters most is your health and recovery!

If your recovery is taking too long and you can feel that your health condition is deteriorating, then immediately contact your doctor or hospital. Do not wait until things get out of hand.

Conclusion

Recovery time after plastic surgery is an extremely important period of your life. A lot of things will depend on how you feel during the recovery process. The main thing here is to be healthy and follow all the instructions given to you by your doctor (team) so that you can return back home happy and beautiful!

Dr. Jim Brantner MD will be your best guide through this journey. If you want to know more about body contouring surgery and plastic surgery in general please visit our clinic or get in touch online!

Answering the Question “Am I a Good Candidate For an Arm Lift?”

Answering the Question “Am I a Good Candidate For an Arm Lift?”

Few people are totally happy with their looks. While it’s natural to be overly self-critical, occasionally there’s something that could easily be fixed to improve a person’s appearance. Sagging arms are one of those somethings, and a brachioplasty—more commonly known as an arm lift—is the solution.

Why Arm Skin Sags

As we age, the flesh on our arms becomes looser. Genetics means some people’s skin stays tighter longer than others. Sagging skin can be made worse by weight gain, and, sadly, by weight loss.

Loose skin and excessive fat make people self-conscious about showing their arms. The good news is plastic surgeons can remove excess skin and fat from men’s and women’s arms and use body contouring procedures to restore a youthful appearance.

Arm Lift Surgery Basics

If you are wondering whether you are a good candidate for an arm lift, the answer is probably yes. As with any surgery, good health is important and the doctor will check this thoroughly before declaring you suitable for arm lift surgery.

Problems and Solutions

There are a few problems that make people unhappy with their arms, and each has a solution.

  • Very large upper arms with badly sagging skin. This can be the result of several factors, including the natural aging process, weight gain, and weight loss. A full arm lift can greatly reduce the arm’s dimensions and tighten the skin, making it look youthful again. An incision is made along the inner arm where it will not be noticeable.
  • Upper arms that are moderately large with only slightly sagging skin. These are normally caused by a small amount of surplus fat and can be treated using liposuction—an easy procedure that leaves very little scarring. Body contouring is also useful for this condition.
  • Loose skin at the top of the arm and armpit. A mini arm lift can solve this problem. In this case, the incision is hidden within the armpit.
  • Asymmetrical upper arms. This can be corrected by arm lift surgery, sometimes with liposuction.

How Long Do The Effects of Surgery Last?

Patients who maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and whose weight remains stable can expect the effects of their arm lift to last a long time. Patients will, however, continue to age, so, depending on genetics, signs of this will show on their arms eventually.

Take the First Step to Beautiful Arms Today!

If you want to improve the appearance of your arms, look no further than Jim Brantner M.D. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Johnson City, TN. With over 30 years of experience in the tri-state area, Dr. Brantner and his first-rate plastic surgery team can help you reach your goals.

Call (423) 328-9000 today, to schedule a consultation.

Body Contouring for the New Year

Body Contouring for the New Year

The new year represents a fresh start, which is why New Year’s Resolutions are so popular. Many people use this time to contemplate changes they’d like to make to their bodies. Usually, that means diet and exercise. While both are crucial for a healthy lifestyle, they aren’t the only tool available. For instance, what can be done about those stubborn problem areas? The ones that never seem to get better, no matter how many healthy choices you make? At the offices of Jim Brantner, MD, we offer several body contouring techniques to sculpt and shape specific areas:

  • Tummy and Sides. We offer SculpSure procedures to help with these stubborn areas. SculpSure is quick, non-invasive, and minimizes discomfort because it doesn’t involve surgery. Tummy tucks and liposuction are other popular options for contouring the area around the abdomen.
  • Arms. The upper arms have a tendency to sprout “wings” of excess fat and skin as the body ages. An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is designed to help correct this, to restore confidence and minimize discomfort from unwanted, flapping skin.

Remember, the only way to decide which procedures are best for you is to schedule a private, personalized consultation with Dr. Brantner. We’ll discuss your goals, expectations, concerns, costs, and even talk about any worries or fears you may have. Not only that, but we will give you honest feedback about whether your expectations and hopes are feasible. Dr. Brantner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in civilian practice since 1987.

If you have questions, don’t delay! Call us today and let’s get find the right body contouring procedure to help you reach your goals.

Regaining Your Body after Weight Loss

Bariatric surgery is growing in popularity among patients who have difficulty losing weight. Weight loss surgery reduces the size of the stomach through gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding, or removing a portion of the stomach. However, these weight loss surgeries often leave patients with large amounts of stretched, sagging skin. Patients who lose upwards of 100lb—whether through bariatric surgery, diet, or exercise—often undergo post-bariatric cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin and recontour the body.

Post-Bariatric Surgery

nurse weighing patientAfter losing fatty tissue, most patients find that their skin lacks the elasticity to shrink to fit their new figures. To maximize the impact of weight loss, Dr. Brantner recommends post-bariatric surgeries to remove excess fat and sagging skin. Common cosmetic surgeries after weight loss include:

  • A “tummy tuck” to remove flabby skin around the stomach and tighten the abs
  • A thigh lift to improve the appearance of saggy inner, outer, and mid thighs
  • Liposuction to contour the thighs
  • A mastopexy to lift and reshape the breasts
  • Upper arm contouring to remove “wings” of excess skin on the upper arm
  • Facial and neck rejuvenation procedures

Dr. Brantner performs minor, in-office surgeries to recontour the face and neck. Tummy tucks and thigh lifts can be preformed simultaneously, as can breast lifts and arm recontouring. These cosmetic surgeries are scheduled in an OR procedure room.

Insurance Coverage of Post-Bariatric Surgery

Because weight loss surgery is often a medical necessity, insurance companies may cover post-bariatric procedure expenses. If the breasts are large enough to cause back pain or other health concerns, some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction surgery. When excess abdominal skin forms an apron over the lower stomach, causing rashes or ulcers, insurance might pay for the surgery. As the government changes the healthcare system, insurance coverage of these procedures is expected to decline. If you’re in need of post-bariatric surgery, schedule a consultation today.

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