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An operation means a special challenge for every body, which can be compared to stress. As a result, the body needs significantly more nutrients to fight off possible infections and to heal the tissue defects that have developed.
Therefore, nutrition and the resulting nutrient supply is of great importance, especially immediately after surgery.
One of the biggest problems after surgery is an increased need for protein. This also applies to plastic-aesthetic operations such as breast augmentation, liposuction or tightening operations, be it upper arm lifts, thigh lifts or abdominoplasty. But also in special procedures such as the Mommy-Makover or XXL liposuctions as they are performed at the Sinis Clinic in Berlin, the right nutrition and sufficient supply of nutrients is an essential part of a good healing process. If the body is not supplied with sufficient protein, this, in conjunction with reduced mobility, can lead to a decrease in muscle mass. In various studies, it has been clearly demonstrated that the intake of essential amino acids in the amount of 15-20 g / day causes a significant reduction in muscle loss, while an additional administration of the non-essential amino acids ornithine and arginine can also significantly improve wound healing through accelerated collagen synthesis and reduce the risk of infection.
You should therefore make sure that you eat at least 3 meals a day after surgery, each containing 20 - 35 g protein. In addition, the intake of 5 - 10 g ornithine and arginine as a supplement per day between meals is recommended.
The B-group vitamins, being precursors of important coenzymes, are of crucial importance for wound healing as they support the new formation of cells (such as DNA synthesis and epithelial formation), and a sufficient supply of zinc and vitamin D is also necessary for good wound healing. They take over important functions in the immune system, as they have a positive influence on the inflammatory process during the healing process. A low Vitamin D content thus leads to a 3 to 4 times increase in risk of infection. Antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E as well as herbal antioxidants (e.g. B. Caro-tinoids or grape seed OPC) also reduce tissue damage and support the healing process.
The additional intake of low-molecular hyaluronic acid can also have a supporting effect, as hyaluronic acid activates various cell processes involved in wound healing. This shortens the healing time and improves the quality of the scar.
We therefore recommend our patients to take the additional
In the practice of post-operative aftercare after operations such as facelifts and nose operations, but also in conservative treatments such as the laser treatment for skin rejuvenation at the Sinis Clinic Berlin, the use of enzymes from pineapple and papaya (bromelain and papain) has proven to be significantly anti-inflammatory and decongestant. This has already been proven in several studies. It is important that these preparations are taken after the operation and not at the same time as antibiotics, as bromelain probably inhibits platelet aggregation and the effect can be attenuated by antibiotics. The role of omega-3 fatty acids (the long-chain unsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)) in healing has an additional positive effect, as they have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating properties. The focus should be on a sufficient supply of the correct ratio of EPA and DPA, ideally 1.6 g EPA and 1.2 g DHA per day
Our recommendations for the postoperative supply of enzymes and fatty acids are: