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6 Things You Must Eat To Ensure a Good Plastic Surgery Recovery

Are you considering a plastic surgery procedure? Here are some essential nutrition tips to help boost your health and speed up your recovery period. 

One of the most crucial aspects of any plastic surgery, be it an abdominoplasty or a breast augmentation, is the healing period. Taking the time to understand what is required during this period, as well as following your surgeon’s post-surgical advice is very important as it will:

  • lower your risk of surgical complications
  • ensure safer and more satisfactory results
  • help you stay more comfortable and pain-free during your healing
  • significantly shorten your recovery period


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Eat Your Way to a Healthy Recovery After Plastic Surgery

Any surgery, even the most simple, stresses the body, and good nutrition following your procedure will support your immune system, keep away infection, and reduce any swelling, pain, and inflammation.

Here are some of the top foods to add to your diet following your plastic surgery:

1. Water - Staying hydrated is critical during your healing period as it will reduce your side effects while on pain medication and minimise your risk of infection.

2. Fruits and vegetables - Adding fruits and vegetables to your diet will provide your body with much-needed vitamins to help you fight infection and heal faster. In particular, dark leafy greens, red onions, broccoli, pineapples, and apples will help reduce any swelling.

3. Omega-3 fats - Adding foods rich in omega 3 fats such as salmon, mackerel, fish oil, and flaxseed oil are an excellent way to reduce and control inflammation during your recovery period.

4. Spinach - Spinach is one of the most important foods to eat while you’re recovering from your plastic surgery. This is because it’s packed with nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and beta-carotene.

5. Eggs - Did you know that the yolk of an egg contains amino acids that are excellent for controlling inflammation, minimising pain, and speeding up your recovery?

6. Spices - There are many herbs and foods that are well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties such as ginger, chillies, pepper, and parsley.


Additional Nutrition Tips For Your Plastic Surgery Recovery Period

To speed up your recovery period and ensure you stay free of any surgical complications, here are some additional nutrition tips to help keep you healthy:

  • drink at least 2 litres of water per day
  • eat more fruits and vegetables and limit the amount of bread, cereals, grains, and pasta in your diet
  • eat smaller meals more frequently
  • drink a glass of water before each meal
  • try to eat five times a day (three meals and two snacks)
  • try to eat at least every 5 hours
  • NEVER skip breakfast and try to eat within one hour of waking up
  • choose whole and unprocessed foods
  • don’t forget to add fibre to your diet as this plays a crucial role in preventing constipation


NEVER skip your meals during your recovery.

Failing to eat enough after your surgery can significantly slow down your healing and delay the closure of your incisions. Remember, your body needs protein and other nutrients to build healthy new tissue and heal the tissue injured by surgery.


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To find out more about the importance of a healthy post-surgical diet, or to enquire about our range of cosmetic surgeries, contact our Kelowna private hospital at (250)-868-9799 or fill in our online contact form.

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