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The Power of Food

Written by Cosmetic Surgery of New York | Aug 28, 2017 2:27:00 PM

What you need to know about your diet before and after cosmetic surgery

Congratulations!  You have scheduled your cosmetic surgery procedure and are anxiously awaiting the big day. Preparing your body for surgery is just as important as preparing your mind, and you should be aware of what to eat and what to avoid two weeks prior and post-surgery. Your diet can aid healing and reduce swelling and pain.

Here is a simple guide to what NOT to include in your diet that will help you heal faster and give optimal results from your procedure:


Salty and spicy foods, especially if you are having facial surgery. Spicy and salty foods can increase swelling. Begin to limit your sodium intake to 1200-1500 mg. a day two weeks prior and post-surgery.



Processed carbohydrates, including bread, pasta and cereal.


Too much sugar can activate glycatin, a process in which proteins that are essential for healthy elastic skin become hard and rigid. Keep your sugar intake to 10% of your daily calories.


Foods containing salicylates can thin blood and prevent blood clotting.  These foods include: apples, apricots, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, cucumbers, garlic, ginger, grapes, oranges, pineapples, plums, radishes, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes. 


Herbal Supplements and Vitamins E, K, B, fish oils and all herbal supplements two weeks before surgery.


Green tea, cayenne, ginkgo, flaxseed, potatoes and eggplant, which can react negatively with anesthesia and increase blood pressure.


Neurotoxins such as alcohol, caffeine, aspartame and MSG.


Aspirin and all non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs.


You can optimize your aesthetic results after surgery by following these simple nutrition tips, which can determine the quality and time needed to heal youthfully and beautifully.

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