As long you are eating a diet that is rich in protein and vitamins ( Fruit and veg) you should have no problems with healing. If you adhere to more exclusive diets then you may have nutrient deficienies that may slow your healing.
I'm a vegetarian and I plan on getting a tummy tuck, will that effect my healing process and cause me to heal slower?
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Vegetarians and tummy tuck
Vegetarian and healing from a tummy tuck
This is a great question. Protein levels in your body are the building blocks for healing. As long as you are getting enough protein through other sources such as whey, soy, nuts, etc. you should not have any greater chance of wound healing problems compared to someone who eats meat.
Just get enough protein
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Being a vegetarian would not slow your recovery. It is important to have enough protein in your diet but this can be accomplished without eating meat products. Best wishes.
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As long as you're healthy, having a vegetarian diet should have no effect on healing. However it is very important to make sure you get plenty of protein before and after surgery, as your body's protein stores need to be fully optimized to heal efficiently. Protein shake supplements work well for this purpose.
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Healing in vegetarians
Hello, a lot of my patients are vegetarians and even vegans, since I practice in India. They all do well , and so will you if you are otherwise fit for surgery . Best wishes!
Tummy tuck and diet
No, I do not think that being a vegetarian should affect your ability to heal. As long as you get protein from other sources and have a balanced diet you should be fine.
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