Site Terra: From Kiwi to Cashew: Foods Accelerate Post-Plastic Healing

Soon after cosmetic surgery, it is common to fear that some mark will stay on the skin. This is because despite all the technique and medical care, the cut made during the plastic surgery can produce an injury to the intermediate layer of the skin, resulting in an undesirable scar. However, through a special diet it is possible to combine the success of the treatment with a smooth skin.
With important nutritional properties, foods such as flaxseed and sardines accelerate the healing process. “When consumed properly, vitamin-rich foods and proteins work together to multiply the cells responsible for recovering the damaged tissue,” explains Anna Bordini, orthomolecular physician at the Bertolini Clinic in São Paulo.
During the healing process, there are three stages in which the body needs specific nutrients to renew itself. Characterized by coagulation, the inflammatory phase requires vitamin K, proteins and amino acids. Already in the second stage, the development of epithelial cells – essential for promoting wound resistance – calls for iron and zinc sources.
In regeneration, the presence of carbohydrates, vitamins and proteins is fundamental for the stabilization process of the synthesis of collagen, the protein responsible for the constitution of connective tissue. However, not all food is allowed during the recovery phase.
“In the postoperative period, coffee, soda and alcoholic drinks should be excluded from the menu, since they make it difficult for nutrients to reach the wound,” says Rodrigo Mangaravite, a member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP). So, then, check out what to put on the plate to be free of scars after performing surgical treatments.
Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower
Indicated mainly for patients who have taken anesthesia, the trio formed by broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower helps in the recovery of the tissue, being rich in antioxidants and compounds of bioactive deoxyfrost. “The patient can consume three fresh servings of these vegetables daily,” says Anna.
Red fruits
With detoxifying function, red fruits such as strawberry and blackberry have the ability to protect the walls of blood vessels by fighting the inflammatory process. The natural elements still aid in the stimulation of coagulation and return skin elasticity. To gain the benefits it is necessary to consume three servings of the fresh fruits.
Omega 3
Rich in omega-3s (a type of fat that the body can not manufacture but needs to be ingested daily), flaxseed, sardine and chia seed are good choices for anyone who wants to speed up the healing process. Therefore, they can be ingested in one serving daily.
Vitamin C
Easy to incorporate into the diet, vitamin C is able to stimulate the production of collagen, decreasing the chances of inflammation. In addition, nutrients enriched with this vitamin still leave the skin firm and nourished. What is indicated is to eat foods in natura and not juices or concentrates. “They are three servings of citrus a day (orange, cashew, kiwi and pineapple) or vegetables (watercress, cabbage and broccoli) to ensure a healthy skin,” says Anna.
Zinc
To improve the appearance of the scar, the recommended one is to bet on poultry, red meat, whole grains, liver, milk and dairy products and fish as they are rich in zinc. This compound maintains muscle and nerve tone with a daily serving (or two cups, American type, milk).
Article published in the Site Terra on 04/04/2013