When it comes to plastic surgery, both your physical and mental health plays a very significant role when it comes to the overall outcome of your procedure(s). There are many factors such as fatigue, anxiety, stress, eating habits, and exercise which all play a part in achieving desired plastic surgery results. There is however necessary pre & post-operative steps that should be taken in order to minimize potential complications and further ensure optimal recovery.

How Your Physical and Mental Health Impacts Your Plastic Surgery ResultsA healthy body starts with maintaining a proper exercise and diet regimen, which is essential to help fight against possible infection, and repair blood vessels, muscles, bones, and skin following your surgery. Additionally, a steady diet consisting of vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, and antioxidants can help in decreasing your chances of cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Typically, I recommend patients wait a few weeks before partaking in light physical activity and 4 to 6 weeks before returning to a regular workout routine.

As with any surgery, there is always the risk of complications, therefore it is vital that patients be mentally healthy and stable before and after receiving cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks, liposuction, or mommy makeovers. The thought of going through surgery, deficiency of sleep, and the pain and swelling during recuperation may often cause patients to become stressed. It is known that stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain and noticeable signs of aging. One of the best ways to minimize stress is by making sure to get the recommended 6-8 hours of uninterrupted rest. Lack of sleep can affect productivity, memory, weight and aging. When we sleep, our bodies go into “repair-mode” to mend the damage from daily activities by replacing old cells and stimulating new skin cell growth.  When our bodies are not able to get enough rest, they become stressed and release increased amounts of the hormone cortisol. An increase in cortisol can affect the skin’s collagen production, which is beneficial in preserving the skin’s elasticity, and can lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

While I offer various facial and body procedures, I place the utmost importance on patients leading a healthy lifestyle in order to preserve successful and aesthetically-pleasing results. If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery time period by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time and assist with battling stress.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.