Dr. Richard Arabitg does a great deal to assist his patients in achieving their cosmetic and healthcare goals through his plastic and general surgical offerings; however, he knows that there are a few things that patients must do in order to enjoy the most positive results possible from their operations. Here, he highlights the responsibilities of patients and comments on a new diet, announced by The Huffington Post, that “promotes better healing and decreases inflammation, swelling and bloating.”
Dubbed the “plastic surgery diet,” this particular meal plan is not the average diet trend. Instead of focusing on losing weight quickly—which is also often unhealthy—this diet is centered on helping patients to lose weight before their surgeries and provide their bodies with the substances necessary to minimize the adverse effects, including inflammation, that surgical procedures can have. The article explains: “For many plastic surgery procedures, reaching an ideal weight greatly enhances the final result. Operations such as breast reduction and augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and even a facelift are positively impacted by weight loss prior to surgery and maintenance afterward. I often counsel patients that liposuction is not a weight loss tool, and if weight loss is planned and or desired, it is best to try to reach that goal prior to surgery [...] That prompted me to advocate a specific diet for my patients to help them reach and maintain their weight goal, promote better healing, and hopefully embrace a healthy lifestyle.”
The article goes on to explain that the diet is, for all intents and purposes, a variation of the currently popular Mediterranean diet. It calls upon foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, as well as monounsaturated oils. The diet has ten steps, including: cutting out unhealthy fats, including fried foods, foods with trans-fats and foods high in saturated fat; boosting consumption of monounsaturated oils, including extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, walnut oil and flaxseed oil; cutting out simple carbohydrates, such as refined flour, sugar and white rice and bread; eating whole grains like bulgur wheat and brown rice; avoiding processed foods that are made from refined ingredients; consuming fruits and vegetables, particularly those that are high in antioxidants; reducing use of salt and add anti-inflammatory herbs and spices; opting for lean proteins over red meat and cutting out full fat dairy items; boosting intake of fish such as salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids; and drinking one to two glasses of red wine per day.
The diet is made up of food items and behaviors that help to reduce inflammation, as previously mentioned. Basically, inflammation occurs when the body tries to protect itself after a traumatic event, according to the article. By increasing blood supply to the impacted region, the body can boost healing by carrying additional nutrients to the affected tissue. This is what happens after surgery. Unfortunately, an excessive amount of swelling, which often occurs, can actually decrease the ability of the body’s tissues to heal. By using ice and elevation, individuals can try to reduce swelling and encourage proper healing. But the diet explained above is another step that individuals can take in order to address this issue, as it will prepare the body for the recovery period by decreasing inflammation as a whole—before, during and after the surgical procedure takes place.
Dr. Richard Arabitg encourages individuals who are considering surgery to talk to their doctors about the benefits that the so-called plastic surgery diet can provide. “I would certainly never recommend someone to adopt a new diet without first speaking with their doctor, but I can urge individuals who are considering having plastic surgery to consult with their medical professional regarding whether or not this particular dietary structure would be appropriate for their needs,” Dr. Arabitg asserts. “But there are other issues that a patient should consider before surgery. First and foremost, it is the responsibility of the patient to ensure that they are fully educated regarding the procedure they will undergo and that they understand the risks that are associated with the operation. If they have any questions they should not hesitate to ask their surgeons and, if their surgeons do not provide the information they seek, to move on to another medical professional. Additionally, it is crucial that individuals seriously weigh all of their options before they commit to a surgery.”
Ultimately, Dr. Arabitg asserts, it is important that patients understand the nature of the surgery they have requested, what to expect during and after the procedure, how to best recover after the operation is complete and how to prepare themselves for the surgery before it is conducted. This knowledge will assist individuals in making educated medical decisions that are in the best interest of their health and wellbeing.
“It’s important that patients are confident in their decision regarding their surgery—especially if it is an elective cosmetic procedure,” Dr. Arabitg notes. “I believe that the mental attitude of patients can impact their recovery process, so I strongly urge individuals to become knowledgeable about the procedure they have chosen, what they can expect following their surgery and how they can best heal after it is complete.”
Dr. Arabitg encourages healthcare professionals to offer this information to patients, as many individuals may be too overwhelmed with the details to remember to ask key questions. Ultimately, Dr. Richard Arabitg hopes that information regarding the plastic surgery diet and other ways in which they can prepare for their operations will help patients make the right decision regarding their cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Richard Arabitg is a Florida-based plastic surgeon who owns Plastic Surgery of Central Florida and Cosmabella. Through these facilities, Dr. Arabitg and his medical team offer patients a wide range of services that is designed to assist them in achieving their cosmetic and healthcare goals. Dr. Arabitg is licensed as both a general and plastic surgeon and he utilizes his skills as a medical professional to develop surgical plans that help his patients to look and feel better.