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Liposuction Essentials:

Third of a 4 part series of articles that will discuss the benefits of the integrative approach to cosmetic surgery.
By: Nathan Newman, MD & Rhonda Roussel, C.C.N., C.N.H.P

Most Americans consume diets too high in calories and deficient in essential nutrients.  Over 70% of adults do not get two-thirds of the recommended daily allowance or one or more nutrients found in fruits and vegetables and studies have shown that as many as 30% of patients are malnourished prior to surgery.  This results in a shortage of micronutrients (vitamins) and antioxidants that are extremely important to patients undergoing trauma and stress of surgery and anesthesia.  These in turn have an important effect on the rate of recovery and wound healing after the surgery. 

Patient’s Active Role in the Healing Process

We encourage you to take an active role before and after surgery by adopting healthy eating habits, increasing physical activity and optimizing your body’s nutrients to provide the essential nutrients needed in wound healing.  This in turn will reduce your recovery time and the need for drugs after surgery.  Active participation will help you to psychologically cope with the surgical process and thereby help reduce stress and anxiety related with the procedure.

Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals

Free radicals are harmful agents that occur in our bodies due to oxidation that takes place on a cellular level.  The process of oxidation can be contributed to the intake of chemicals, trauma, insufficient nutrients, stress, and poor diet.  Excessive free radicals have many harmful effects, such as suppressing the immune system or interference of normal cell activity, which in turn causes tissue damage and affects wound healing.  Antioxidants are very beneficial and counter the effects that free radicals have on the body and also play an important role the prevention of further tissue damage and oxidation that may occur due to surgery and anesthesia.  

Specific vitamins and minerals that the body needs to fight the damage caused by free radicals, such as vitamin A selenium, vitamin C, and bioflavonoids all act as antioxidants.  These antioxidants strengthen the entire system at a cellular level and enhance the body’s own natural ability to heal and protect against free radical damage after surgery and help to optimize surgical results from the inside-out.

Foods & Healing

In addition to the above essential and vital nutrients proper foods intake is vital to promote healing and ensure the desired surgical results.  There is no doubt that adequate amounts of carbohydrates, fat, and protein intake are required for healing to take place.  One of the most common forms of malnutrition after surgery is due to the loss of protein, which can lead to decreased T-cell function and a decrease in antibody levels ultimately diminishing the body’s ability to defend itself against any wound infection.

Micronutrients & Healing

Micronutrients are essential components that work directly with cellular function and are divided into organic compounds known as vitamins.  Vitamins and the nutrients they provide for the body’s overall nutritional needs are relied on heavily by the cells that carry out wound healing.  Copper, zinc, and iron are just a few of the trace elements present in the body and have the closest relationship when it comes to healing the body. 

The Program at Orchid Surgery Center

This detailed and integrative approach in preparing your body for surgery and optimizing your recovery to ensure your complete health and beauty from the inside out is something that we believe in and practice at Orchid Surgery Center. 

It is important to remember that all supplements and medications should be taken under the supervision of a trained medical practitioner to ensure that the right supplements are being taken and to avoid any complications or contraindications that could occur before or after surgery.  By using this approach, you will not only benefit from it after your healing phase is complete, but you will also maintain your surgical results.

The next article will discuss how to maintain your surgical results after the healing phase.

Dr. Nathan Newman is a renowned cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills who is on the forefront of integrative medicine.  Dr. Newman’s formal education, fellowship, extensive experience and focus on liposuction have put him in the top of his field. As a recognized expert, he is widely published in prestigious journals, and interviewed on television and radio.

 Rhonda Roussel, is the exclusive natural health care practitioner and clinical nutritionist at Orchid Surgery Center, specializing in integrative medicine, cosmetic surgery and weight management.