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October 26, 2023 | Plastic Surgery Recovery

Five Foods to Eat After Surgery to Promote Healing


After any cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift, it is common for you to wonder how you can speed up your recovery process. The sooner you are healed, the sooner you can show off the new you!

Aside from listening to your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, committing to a healthier diet is one of the best ways to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. 

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What Are the 5 Best Foods to Eat for Optimal Healing?

It can be challenging to eat well when you are recovering from surgery, but you must do so. Especially in the case of body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck or a Mommy Makeover, it can be tough to get around the house or even have the energy to cook. That’s why preparation for your ideal recovery is vital. Make meals ahead of time, set up a healthy delivery service, or ask a friend to help. 

Getting your body the nutrients it needs as you heal is an integral part of plastic surgery recovery.

Eating foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and protein after surgery is ideal to make sure your recovery runs smoothly.

1. Fish

If you are looking for a way to meet your protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin intake for the day, one excellent answer is fish. 

Fish, such as salmon, is among the healthiest foods on the planet because of its endless benefits. Fish can lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes, promote body and brain function, and encourage strong bone development.

The protein found in fish will also help your bones and muscles rebuild after surgery while supporting your immune system to fight off potential infections. You can even try swapping more fatty red meats for fish’s lean protein and health benefits to boost your overall wellness. 

2. Avocados

Avocados contain healthy fats, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, E, and B.

They also provide many health benefits because of their high level of antioxidants, such as lowering cholesterol levels and protecting your eyes.

A common practice in plastic surgery recovery, especially for fat grafting procedures, such as the Brazilian Butt Lift, is to “feed the fat.”  Feeding the fat refers to providing your body with healthy fats rather than strict dieting and caloric restriction. If you undergo a procedure that involves transferring fat from one area of the body to another, feeding the fat will help the transplanted fat cells to survive. 

Avocados are also known to increase energy levels and can help you feel like your usual self sooner.

3. Dark Leafy Greens

 Kale, spinach, and collard greens are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. They can help battle fatigue, as you may experience lower energy levels post-surgery. Lastly, leafy greens can help reduce constipation, a common side effect of pain medication, anesthesia, and decreased mobility. 

One last benefit—leafy greens can be simply thrown in a smoothie for an easy snack!

4. Cheese

We need calcium in our daily food habits to promote strong bone development. Cheese is an excellent calcium source and can lower the risk of heart disease. 

It is possible that your bone strength may decrease after surgery, so consuming cheese will help restore strong bone development. Stock up on string cheese or pre-packaged choices that are easy to grab during recovery. 

5. Pineapple, Papaya, and Berries

Swelling and bruising are common after surgery. 

Pineapple and papaya are known to reduce swelling and inflammation because they contain protease enzymes that the body uses to digest proteins.

Berries are an excellent source of antioxidants that help repair tissue damage and strengthen the immune system. Antioxidants can also help reduce inflammation for an even quicker recovery. Add some berries to plain yogurt (antioxidants and calcium!) for an easy breakfast. Plus, this can help curb sugar cravings. 

Consuming pineapple and papaya after surgery will help offset the swelling after surgery—consider combining them with leafy greens, ginger, and turmeric for a tasty and healthy smoothie. 

What Foods Should I Avoid After Surgery?

You should also avoid foods that could adversely affect the healing process, such as:

  • Spicy foods
  • Junk foods high in trans fats
  • Sugary foods
  • Soda

Stick with whole, nutritious foods that nourish your body and replenish your energy. The better you care for your body during your recovery, the stronger and healthier you will feel.  

Have More Questions About Plastic Surgery Recovery in Tampa, FL?

Our experienced cosmetic surgeons and helpful staff are ready to answer any questions about recovering from your plastic surgery. Call Premiere Center for Cosmetic Surgery today at (813) 400-1465 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

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