To have a fast and smooth recovery period, it is recommended for patients to be in top health and emotional condition before undergoing surgery. This means no strict diets before the procedure and also keeping a balanced eating regimen post-op.A short recovery period is dependent on many factors, but mostly it is about the behavior and the patient’s attitude. A positive mind frame and following the recommendations of the plastic surgeon to the letter will ensure a smooth healing process and will help you avoid complications that could occur after the surgery. Your meals and drinks after plastic surgery are very important for your recovery period and your wellbeing in general.It is very common for patients undergoing surgery to experience constipation in the following days after the procedure. Constipation added to the other discomforts associated with the beginning of the recovery period is certainly not something to look forward to, especially if you had a procedure done on the tummy or the buttocks. Constipation can be very dangerous after a tummy tuck as the pressure that can occur in the abdominal muscles can determine the rupture of sutures, and this is something we need to avoid at all costs so infections don’t occur. This is the reason why the plastic surgeon will advise you to have light, small meals rich in fibers to avoid constipation after plastic surgery.Patients can resume eating as soon as they get home, especially because eating and drinking are not allowed six to eight hours before general anesthesia is administered. Some might feel hungry while others will lose their appetite as a result of the side effects of the anesthesia. Whatever the case might be, the recommendation is the same: you should drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages for at least a week after the surgery as they might make you bloated and dehydrated. Water is highly recommended in plenty amounts. Herbal infusions are also a good idea as they will keep you hydrated and help you eliminate the leftover anesthetic substances used during the surgery. Alcohol should also be avoided for at least a week after the surgery as you will probably be taking antibiotics and analgesic medication.Make sure that you resume eating gradually, so the first meals should be more fluid and lighter before gradually increasing your calorie intake. For example, you can start with a clear soup, yogurt or something similar. Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as steamed, boiled and baked ones are highly recommended as they are high in fibers and can help you fight constipation. It is also important to choose good quality proteins and fats for the recovery period. Choose lean meats, vegetable oil, cheese, eggs, nuts and seeds.