Advertisement
Icon WebMD Expert Blogs

Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon

with Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

Dr. Kotler's blog has now been retired. We appreciate all the wisdom and support he has brought to the WebMD community throughout the years.

Important:

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, review, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have... Expand

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.

Hide

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Foods That Can Help You Heal

How You Can Help Your Healing After Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Last week, on the Today Show, Leslie Goldman, a well- known medical writer and the author of The Locker Room Diaries, discussed how various foods may aid one’s health and even healing after any surgery.

Leslie even discussed how certain foods reduce swelling and bruising post-operatively.

Leslie mentioned that she learned – from yours truly – that fresh papaya and fresh pineapple are very helpful in reducing the swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty. Many friends and patients called the office and e-mailed saying how much they enjoyed seeing that segment.

The fact is, as indeed Leslie explained, certain foods do have specific properties which aid in the resolution of bruising particularly. Remember that bruising occurs after injuries in general and after surgery, specifically, because there is a leakage of blood from veins and arteries which are inadvertently opened during the course of surgery. Often these veins and arteries are nearly invisible. What is bruising anatomically? Bruising is merely blood-staining of tissue, just under the skin. While circulating blood is bright red, the blood that has escaped blood vessels and leaked into the skin at the surgical site has turned color, dark purple or reddish-purple. That’s because these red blood cells no longer have access to oxygen.

What follows in every patient, is that the body, recognizing injury and blood leakage outside of the blood vessel system, sends certain scavenger elements to the site to digest the blood. In the course of digestion, the color of the blood changes from dark purple or reddish-purple to green and then to yellow as Nature performs the biochemical miracle of tissue debris-hauling and then repair.

Papase, a natural enzyme found in fresh papaya and fresh pineapple, aids the body’s the digestion of the noname papase, since that enzyme is also used commercially in meat tenderizer, such as Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer, the economical homemaker’s good friend. The enzyme papase digests some of the fibrous tissue which would otherwise make meat tougher.

Many patients feel it is no burden to enjoy flavorful fresh pineapple and fresh papaya that are in ample supply year round. As part of a healthy post-operative diet, it make sense.

That post-opertive diet should include plenty of protein, the building block of tissue repair. Lean meat, fish, nuts, and dairy food. Also be sure to take vitamin supplements if your diet is not complete. Lots of liquids, of course, particularly fruit juices since they are a good insurance policy against constipation, the old nemesis.

Why concern over constipation? Two reasons. First, people are not as physically active immediately after surgery. Second, pain medications after surgery predispose to constipation. So fresh fruits and fruit juices, fresh vegetables, lots of liquids of any kind are the order of the day. Once the patient is up and about, the colon becomes more active and the incidence of constipation lessens.

- Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

WebMD Skin & Beauty Newsletter – tips to look good and feel great.

Posted by: Robert Kotler, MD, FACS at 6:39 am

Comments

Leave a comment

Subscribe & Stay Informed

Skin & Beauty

Start receiving the Skin & Beauty newsletter and get the latest diet, exercise and health tips to keep your skin glowing and beautiful!

Archives

WebMD Health News