What to Eat and Drink Post Cosmetic Surgery
Plastic surgery, whether reconstructive facial surgery or a minor cosmetic procedure, is an invasive surgery requiring substantial recovery time. During the healing process, you must get the nutrients you need for your body to recover.
Lots of Water
Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water reduces the risk of infection, promotes healing, and minimizes side effects from some pain medications. Try to drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. Avoid anything with caffeine, as it can slow wound healing and irritate the stomach.
Foods Rich in Fatty Acids
Add foods rich in monounsaturated fats, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Some Examples Include:
- nuts (walnuts and macadamia nuts are highest in anti-inflammatory omega 3)
- almond butter,
- peanut butter,
- seeds (hemp seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds),
- extra-virgin olive oil,
- and avocado oil are good choices.
Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
Dark, leafy greens, fresh fruits, and vegetables all provide essential vitamins and minerals to fight infection. You also minimize the risk of constipation and other uncomfortable digestive issues that can slow your recovery and make you uncomfortable while healing. Fruits that reduce inflammation include raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cherries.
Quality Lean Meats and Proteins
Chicken, lean meat, fish, tofu, and legumes provide the energy you need to recover and keep your strength up. Eggs are an excellent protein source that also has amino acids to regenerate muscle tissue. By selecting pasture raised, wild caught and grass-fed protein, you will increase your intake of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats.
To build up your blood and restore iron levels, eat plenty of spinach, almonds, shellfish, eggs, brussels sprouts, and chickpeas. Many iron-rich foods are also rich in magnesium and potassium to boost energy and prevent muscle cramps.
Whole Grains in Moderation
Whole grains contain complex carbohydrates for energy and stamina. Avoid processed grains and added sugar. Pasta and bread should be a small portion of any meal rather than the stars.
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Suggested Post Plastic Surgery Foods
Some foods are particularly beneficial following plastic surgery because they are rich in nutrients or have properties that reduce inflammation and improve healing. These include:
- Red onions
- Citrus fruits
- Greek yogurt
- Sweet potatoes
- Pineapple (reduces inflammation)
- Spinach (Vitamins C & E make this especially helpful at controlling inflammation)
- Certain spices, including parsley, ginger, turmeric, garlic, and chili peppers
- Kiwi, which also boosts the immune system and restores collagen
Eat Small, Frequent Meals
Rather than fasting in the morning and stuffing yourself later in the day, it is essential to establish a healthy eating pattern post plastic surgery. Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. A lean protein and some fruits or vegetables are a great start to the day. Throughout the day, eat three meals and two snacks. This stabilizes blood sugar and protects against nausea and dizziness during recovery. When awake, try not to go more than 4-5 hours between meals or snacks.
This does not mean you have to eat a lot at every meal or snack. A handful of nuts, some fresh fruit, or a slice of cheese may be all you need for a snack.
Foods to Avoid Post Plastic Surgery
- Avoid sugary foods,
- processed grains (breads, crackers, cereal),
- and inflammatory oils such as vegetable canola, safflower, sunflower, soybean.
These inflammatory oils found in many processed foods should be avoided at least the first 4-6 weeks following plastic surgery.
Your post-surgery recovery takes time. Getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy, balanced diet low in fats, sugars, and salts can ensure you heal quickly with no complications. If you have trouble with your post-plastic surgery diet or have questions about what to eat, please contact Modern Surgical Arts of Denver at Highlands Ranch Office Phone Number 303-470-3400. We have knowledgeable staff who can assist you.
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