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Weight Loss Surgery: Are You Nutritionally Healthy Enough to Have Plastic Surgery?

Posted Oct 02 2008 12:48pm

The need for plastic surgery following weight loss surgery is very real.   We are left with sometimes massive amounts of hanging skin that often must be removed for health and mobility reasons, not just cosmetic reasons. This requires a procedure known as body contouring.


A recent study* has highlighted the important of being nutritionally healthy before having plastic surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Patients who are nutritionally deficient have a more difficult time with wound healing and their immune system response. Patients and surgeons alike overlook this important factor.


When approaching follow up surgery after weight loss surgery, be sure to eat extra amounts of protein in excess of the 60 grams of protein that we would normally eat. Protein promotes cell regeneration and healing. Also have your blood levels checked to be sure that your blood is rich in iron.

* Nutritional Deficiency of Post–Bariatric Surgery Body Contouring Patients: What Every Plastic Surgeon Should Know

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