The best diet after plastic surgery

The best diet after plastic surgery

15th May 2017

You are out of the surgery room. The plastic surgeon has done his best, the results are satisfactory, and now everything else is all up to you. However, you might not be feeling great just yet. You probably left the medical facility just a few hours after the intervention with a long list of painkillers and antibiotics.

Certain plastic surgery interventions can have a longer recovery period. To make sure you speed up the healing process, particular foods are recommended while others are to be avoided. Aside from your plastic surgeon’s recommendations in terms of nutrition post-surgery, here are a few tips that will help you recover more quickly.

Eat foods rich in fiber

An issue frequently encountered during recovery is constipation and it can be very dangerous for the first few days following the surgery. Any type of pressure or compression can lead to wound opening, causing infections and other complications. Try to eat foods rich in fiber for a fast intestinal transit. Breakfast cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables are very good choices when it comes to food options after surgery. Fruits are known to be rich in fiber, as well as having plenty of vitamin C, which protects the body from infection and works as an antioxidant. Green vegetables are a good source of iron, fiber, and vitamins A and B.

Drink plenty of liquids

After a surgical intervention is important and necessary to stimulate an easy and good digestion. The liquid diet is sometimes recommended to achieve this exact purpose, especially considering the enhanced absorption speed of the nutrients. But the liquid diet is not necessary after any type of plastic surgery. What is really important is to maintain a good hydration level. Before most plastic surgery interventions, the surgeon will advise you not to eat or drink anything at least six hours prior. Therefore, your body will need liquids after the procedure is performed. Milk, vegetable soup or juice, fresh fruit juices and water are recommended. Tea can also be a good option, if you choose herbal infusions instead of black or green teas. It is recommended to avoid alcohol, caffeine-infused drinks, and carbonated beverages after plastic surgery.

Add some calories to your regular diet

Calories are important during the recovery process and after any type of surgery. While for some people the appetite is decreased for the few days following the intervention, it is recommended to try to eat often and in small servings. To increase the calorie intake, you can choose vegetables purees with butter or sour cream. Keep in mind that you should discuss your diet choices with the plastic surgeon before surgery. He might recommend keeping the same diet you have before, increasing the calories number post-operatively or slightly decreasing it, depending on the specifics of the intervention performed and the particularities of your case.

Under normal conditions, the body consumes calories to restore and heal. This is why a slight increase in calories should be beneficial for the first few days. Make sure to choose high-quality calories and not empty calories like the ones found in fast food and carbonated beverages.

Avoid carbonated beverages

Even after the first day of your surgery, you might be allowed to drink other liquids aside from water. However, it is strongly advised by all specialists to avoid carbonated beverages. The reason this is because gas leads to acidity and gastric burns are common after surgery. As an alternative, try freshly squeezed orange juice, because the ones that come in bottles usually have a lot of sugar in them. Freshly squeezed orange juice will help you avoid abdominal pain and gas, as well as the bloating sensation. It also has a high calcium content and facilitates iron absorption due to the high levels of vitamin C.

Choose foods with iron

After undergoing surgery, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Due to the bleeding that occurs during the surgery, there is a need for a diet rich in iron. Iron deficiencies can lead to delayed bruise healing. The ideal diet that you should follow to restore your iron level must contain all major food groups, high in meat, vegetables with green leaves, and seeds. Foods that are rich in iron are:

– Red meat

– Spinach

– Eggs

– Certain breakfast cereals fortified with iron.

For better iron absorption, you should have a meal that also contains a lot of vitamin C if you are taking iron supplements. Good sources of vitamin C are tomatoes, lemons, and oranges and broccoli.


The best diet after plastic surgery is eating what you like and maintaining a good balance in between the major food groups. Your appetite might be low during recovery time and you might be tempted to forget all healthy digestion rules, but you shouldn’t fall into this trap. Eating healthy is important after plastic surgery as it creates the perfect environment for a fast recovery.

After your plastic surgery, make sure you drink enough fluids to keep you hydrated, but avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages. Choose foods high in iron, vitamin C, and fiber to speed your digestion and help with the healing process.

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