The benefits of micronutrition in aesthetic surgery

 
 

What is micronutrition?

Micronutrition is constantly evolving and is part of nutritional science, based on the most recent discoveries in human cellular biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, cellular physiology and immunology.

synonyms: functional or nutritional medicine or nutritherapy.

It is based on the knowledge of how nutrients impact cellular and sub-cellular functions as well asthe mechanisms that maintain cells, tissues, systems, and individuals in good health.

It is defined as “cellular nutrition” because it enables cells to develop, repair themselves, and ensure optimal functioning and condition to maintain good health and well-being. 

The word “micronutrition” derives from “micronutrients”, which are the substances that the organism cannot make itself, but are indispensable to bodily functions and must be assumed through diet. The best-known micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and oligo-elements, essential amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids like Omega-6 and Omega-3, and fibers. Other micronutrients are substances like polyphenols, carotenoids, phytosterols and other more specific botanical substances like soy isoflavones, cruciferae glucosinolates, sulphurous compounds of allioideae, resveratrol in raisins, and many others.

The benefits of micronutrition

Good nutritional quality = good cellular renewal.

Nutrition enables our cells to renew themselves continually.

Cell quality depends mostly on the quality of our diet.

Nutrition has a fundamental impact on genetic expression and may modulate genetic predispositions.

Micronutrition is the natural evolution of orthomolecular medicine, founded by Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes.

Micronutrition has a molecular vision of body functions while also considering the body as a whole. It considers each patient as being unique, characterised by a specific genetic inheritance and biochemical individuality. It is therefore based on a personalised, preventive, predictive, and participative practice of medicine. Indeed, it is possible to prevent degenerative diseases by treating deficits or excesses of micronutrients and by balancing the nutrition and function of different organs in a personalised way. Special diagnostic tests allow the physician to discover a predisposition to certain pathologies.  Micronutrition is a form of medicine where the patient plays a predominantly active role in attaining good health.

The means to achieving the goal

The basis of micronutrition is the establishment of a healthy diet, resulting in better assimilation, digestion, and bioavailability of micronutrients. Dietary supplements may be prescribed as needed. Micronutrition can help to heal or improve conditions that were not successfully treated with other techniques. It enhances the internal defence system and organ repair, as micronutrients can act as endogen medicines. The advantage is that there are no negative side effects and they are not toxic, as chemically-based medicines can be. 

In spite of important technological advances in traditional medicine, the holistic vision of the person has been lost, and individuals often find themselves having to resort to specialists who tend to treat only a specific organ or system.

The objective of micronutrition is, in contrast to this, to consider the human being in its entirety, as a whole.

Objectives of micronutrition: optimisation of physical and psychic functions, optimisation of performance, optimisation of health, prevention and non-pharmacological treatment of degenerative diseases and other, longer life and improvement in the quality of life, optimisation  of other medical treatments, like surgery. All this can be achieved from before birth and at any age.

Micronutrition and aesthetic surgery: two complementary worlds.

Why are micronutrition and surgery associated?

First of all, in order to operate on a patient who is in good health – so with healthy tissues - and provide all the micronutrients necessary to be able to face surgery. Any operation gives rise to a type of stress called surgical stress, which is the sum of emotional and physical stress (because the use of anaesthesia and surgical procedures themselves are traumatic for the body).

All types of stress induce metabolic and neuroendocrine alterations, as well as weakening of the immune system and a higher risk of infection. Micronutrition helps to counteract all these effects.

Wound healing results in increased cellular activity, which causes an intensified metabolic demand for nutrients. Micronutritional deficiencies may impede wound healing. Several nutritional factors for wound repair may reduce healing time and improve the aesthetic and functional wound outcome.  Micronutrition may correct deficiencies due to dietary insufficiency or poor bioavailability.

Any trauma, be it caused by elective surgery or accidental injury, exerts a suppressive effect on immune function, due to the release of stress hormones.

In addition, surgical stress may change the intestinal microflora from beneficial to pathogenic. The intestine may react to this hyper-metabolic response to stress by failing to contain the pathogenic bacteria or the cytotoxins they produce.

The concept of my approach

to reconcile highly advanced and specialised technologies in surgery and a holistic vision of medicine by using the tools of micronutrition, as well as phytotherapy, aromatherapy, homotoxicology, etc. 

The aim of this approach:

  1. optimise the overall health of patients, including preventing aging;
  2. improve local conditions in the region to be operated;
  3. cope with surgical stress;
  4. optimise the healing process and the quality and duration of the results.

be able to use less invasive procedures that facilitate post-operative recovery and prevent complications.