A cup of Joe to start days green tea to calm nerves and bottle of soda to quench your thirst–there are some of the caffeinated beverages that bring goodness to the soul, but how about before or after plastic surgery?
A cup of Joe to start the day, green tea to calm the nerves, and a bottle of soda to quench your thirst–there are some of the caffeinated beverages that bring goodness to the soul, but how about before or after plastic surgery?
Do you really need to avoid them, as most medical practitioners suggest?
If you’re a coffee addict, not having your daily dose of caffeine for a couple or more weeks can be daunting. While coffee – in moderation – can benefit your health, drinking coffee may depend on your procedure.
Due to the diuretic properties of caffeine, your body will prevent you from holding on to water and make your skin dry and washed out. While these drinks provide a number of health benefits such as energy from caffeine and antioxidants, do you really need to stop drinking them? So what’s the truth behind it all?
Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, and sodas are natural diuretics, which means they increase urine flow, taking away fluid from the body, and increasing your risk for dehydration. Interestingly, this is why caffeine can even make you feel tired. Drinking plenty of fluids after surgery is essential since it helps to increase nutrient absorption, gets back lost electrolytes and other nutrients from the body, and helps to bring back your body to its normal state.
When you lack fluids, the risks for complications, as well as slow recovery are increased. In addition, when you are dehydrated after surgery, it causes your skin and soft tissues to dry, and dry wounds do not heal properly, hindering your recovery process.
Caffeine increases vasoconstriction and increases blood pressure, which you do not want to happen after surgery.
Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of the blood vessels, which puts pressure on your blood circulation, and thus, causing high blood pressure. When you do have high blood pressure, you are more at risk for heart attack and stroke.
Right after surgery, you will want your wounds to heal as fast as they can so you can get back to your normal, healthy self once again.
However, drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks post-surgery can hinder the healing of your cuts and stitches, prolonging your post-op recovery. If you want to enjoy the effects of your cosmetic procedures as soon as possible, avoiding caffeinated drinks a couple of weeks after surgery may help to do to this.
So why does caffeine slows the fast wound healing? A study in 2014, which was published in the International Wound Journal, revealed how caffeine interferes with fast wound healing.
The researchers looked into the relationship of caffeine intake and the process called epithelialization – the process, which occurs when dermal cells in the skin spread over the surface of the wound to create a covering of new tissue.
The results revealed that the more caffeine you drink, the less epithelialization occurs in your skin. Therefore, the body’s wound healing process is impaired.
In terms of before surgery, a good couple of days before surgery should be the best time for you to stop drinking caffeinated drinks.
Why? Since most people who drink coffee or tea on a daily basis may experience caffeine withdrawal in the form of headaches when they stop drinking all of a sudden, it’s best that you experience the headache two days before your surgery rather than on the day of your scheduled surgery.