Eating and Working out Before Surgery?

I have heard that if you have been working out and eating well before surgery you heal faster is this true? Also what do you recommend eating before and after surgery? And do you recommend vitamins and if so which one?

Doctor Answers 9

Before mommy makeover

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A healthy diet and exercise is always recommended.   Before your mommy makeover procedure, mutli-vitamins and protein supplementation and balanced nutrition will help prime your healing potential.  Hope this helps!

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

Healing after Mommy Makeover

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Exercise and healthy diet are very important for healing after surgery.  High protein intake prior to surgery may improve your healing.  It is relatively rare to have a vitamin deficiency with a reasonable diet, but a mulitvitamin supplement is unlikely to cause any problems.  It is very important to discuss your supplements with your Plastic Surgeon, as many over-the-counter and herbal supplements can increase the likelyhood of bleeding.  Having a stable weight before surgery is important as well.  Plans of losing a significant amount of weight after surgery can adversely affect your overall results.

Jarrod Little, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Diet and Exercise Aid Recovery for Mommy Makeover

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A good exercise program and a healthy diet does aid in recovery for any surgery. Your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Avoid sodium which can increase swelling. Any good mulitple vitamin is recommended, but avoid vitamin E as it acts as a blood thinner. Continue with your healthy lifestyle to maintain the new you. Good luck.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Exercise and diet before a mommy makeover is good

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Eating a healthy diet and exercising before a mommy makeover should only help you during your recovery.  Make sure you continue this healthy lifestyle afterward!

Eating and Working Out Before Surgery

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I suggest to my patients beginning supplements such as #bromelain or #arnica a week or two before their procedure(s). However, its best to consult with your board-certified Plastic Surgeon beforehand. She or he will make suggestions according to your procedure and medical records in addition to discussing your pre-op preparations. Also, such may be provided for you with your pre-op material and prescriptions in time for your recovery period. You will learn more about preparing at your pre-op appointment. Typically, you will not be able to #eat or# drink past midnight before your surgery. As far as #exercise beforehand, there are no restrictions aside from not being able to drink or eat past midnight the day of your surgery. But, its important to do your best to avoid injury prior to your procedure. 

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Exercise Before Mommy Makeover?

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Thank you for your question.

Exercising and having a healthy diet prior to and after surgery are helpful when it comes to recovery from a mommy makeover.  

Talk to your surgeon about supplements that are OK to take before surgery (some will thin the blood and so it is a good idea to stay away from those).

Best wishes.

Diet and Exercise Before Surgery

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Optimal nutrition with multivitamins and a well balanced diet is essential to wound healing and a speedy recovery.  

I also find patients who do cardio 3-4 times per week are more likely to recover quicker too.    The hard part for these patients are holding back from the gym during the immediate recovery period.  


I wish you a safe and healthy recovery period!!!

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Preparing for your Mommy Makeover

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I would do the followings to prepare for your procedure. 1) Keep on healthy diet and take multi-vitamins, 2) Continue with regular exercise to keep your body healthy; however, try not to lose more weight at this time. You want a stable weight, 3) No smoking, 4) No aspirin 7 days prior to your surgery, 5) Check with your plastic surgeon to find out which medications she/he wants you to avoid. Best wishes to you.

Dr. Sugene Kim

Eating healthy and staying active before and after surgery is important...

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There are many regimens discussed for pre and post-operative diets.  Generally, the most important point is to have normal nutritional status at the time of your surgery and recovery.  Larger surgeries or surgeries that involve the treatment of chronic wounds generally require a slight increase in the daily caloric intake.  Most plastic surgery performed in the community does not fall into this category.  Vitamins such as vitamin C and Zinc are integral to wound healing and many surgeons advocate taking these supplements in the peri-operative period.

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