Nutrition & Wound Healing

Nutrition & Healing
Nutrition & Healing
Nutrition & Healing

Healing incisions after surgery: what to expect and what to do

Keep the wound clean

Incision healing is more than skin deep1

Incision healing is a complex process. Early recovery can take between 4 and 6 weeks. Complete healing sometimes can take more than a year. One important step that people often overlook is prioritizing nutrition.


Renowned dermatologist Dr Jeanine Downie explains, “Our skin is our largest organ. Just like our bodies need fuel, our skin also needs additional calories, protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to generate new tissue at the wound site. For some people, it can be difficult to get enough of the right nutrients from diet alone. So that's why I recommend Juven®. Juven has been clinically shown to support wound healing by enhancing collagen formation in as little as 2 weeks.2,3,* Juven has a lot of key ingredients—arginine, glutamine, and vitamins and minerals—that help to support wound healing from the inside out.”


Here are some more of Dr Downie’s recommendations for incision healing after surgery:


  • Rest

  • Avoid heavy lifting

  • Ice the wound regularly
  • Keep the wound clean and disinfected
  • Protect the wound by keeping it bandaged
  • Avoid smoking


Use Juven under medical supervision in addition to a complete, balanced diet.


* Studied in both healthy elderly and patients with diabetic foot ulcers, taking 2 servings per day, as measured by hydroxproline levels.

References: 1. Abbott website. Accessed January 11, 2024. 2. Jones MS, et al. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2014;15(6):708-712. 3. Williams JZ, et al. Ann Surg. 2002;236(3):369-375.

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