malnutrition-liposuction.jpg According to a study published in the December issue of the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, nutritional deficiency in plastic surgery patients can affect healing, scar quality, energy levels and increase surgical complications. Hence, it is important to optimize nutrition with supplements like powder drinks and multi-vitamin tablets for weight loss patients for successful body contouring surgery.

Highlights of the study
a. In this study, researchers reviewed medical literature on nutrition's effect on healing from the 1940s to the present.
b. Then researchers compared healing and wound problems in 75 of their massive weight loss body contouring patients from 2001 to 2005 with 37 patients from 2006 to present.
c. None of the patients in the first group receives supplementation, whereas the 37 patients of the second group were given a uniquely designed nutritional supplement program prior to surgery.
d. Researchers took note of the role of each nutrient in wound healing and immune response.
e. It was seen that 66 percent of the 75 patients experienced complications and wound problems.
f. In the other group, only 19 per cent exhibited major complications.
g. It was seen that improving nutritional deficiencies in massive weight loss patients improved the healing process, wound tension and scar quality, besides increasing energy levels.
h. Researchers concluded that reduced calorie intake for massive weight loss patients cause malnutrition.