I'm a vegetarian and I plan on getting a tummy tuck, will that effect my healing process and cause me to heal slower?

Doctor Answers 8

Vegetarians and tummy tuck

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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.


Vienna Plastic Surgeon
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Vegetarian and healing from a tummy tuck

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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. 

Tyler Angelos, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Just get enough protein

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As long as you’re healthy and get enough protein in your diet, then you shouldn’t experience any delay in healing. Some great sources include beans, quinoa, nuts, hemp and sprouted grains (but you probably already knew that!).  

Healing after Abdominoplasty

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Thank you for your question. Being vegetarian should not affect your healing. As long as you continue to eat a balanced diet with protein, you should be able to recover and heal fully. Good luck to you. 


Vegetarian and tummy tuck

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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.

Vegetarianism and healing

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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.

In order to get a qualified, ethical, and expert opinion on your surgical options and expectations, always schedule an in-person office consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

I'm happy to see you for a free consultation in my New York office.

Best of luck,

Keith M. Blechman, MD

New York, NY

Healing in vegetarians

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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!

Priti Shukla, Mch
India Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Tummy tuck and diet

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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.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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