Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular types of plastic surgeries. It does not only work on the aesthetics but can also improve the functioning of the nose, which will have a significant beneficial effect on those essential processes such as breathing.
It is an out-patient procedure that can be completed in a few hours and causes little to no pain and discomfort. However, you may be barred from eating certain foods – especially hard foods – for a few days after surgery as putting too much pressure on the mouth or biting too hard can lead to pain and complications.
Moreover, certain foods can also help speed up the recovery process. It takes about a year for the nose to recover after nose surgery. However, the marks, pain, and swelling disappear within a week or two. You can speed up the process by eating foods that help reduce inflammation.
Most people feel little to no pain after the surgery, but some may report mild pain. The right foods can help in this regard as well as certain foods are natural pain relievers and can help reduce pain.
Now without further ado, let’s have a look at foods to eat after rhinoplasty surgery.
1. Have Soft Foods
This is the most important tip. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with a list of foods to eat after rhinoplasty. You will most probably have to live on oatmeal (porridge), yoghurt, and soups for the first two days as they are the most critical day's post surgery.
Smoothies are also an excellent choice as you can pack them full of nourishing fruit and veg. Ensure that you drink them using a straw to avoid painfully knocking your nose.
You may also not be able to open your mouth on the first day due to the use of sedatives that can take a few hours to wear off.
2. Include a Lot of Fiber
Constipation is a common side effect of rhinoplasty and other surgeries. This is usually due to the use of medicines, particularly anesthesia drugs that can disrupt the digestive system. The condition can be painful and cause discomfort, so the best way to reduce the risk is to consume foods that are rich in fiber.
Some good options include berries and peaches. These are soft foods that can be consumed after 48 hours of the surgery. For the first two days, you should stick to oatmeal and liquids - oatmeal, especially is an excellent choice since it is rich in fiber and is delicious as well.
If you want liquids, you may turn to carrot juice or other vegetable juices. They are rich in fiber and very delicious as well. However, make sure to consume it fresh.
Some other good sources of fiber include:
- Wholegrain cereals
- Wholegrain oats and bread
- Whole Grain pasta
- Fruit such as melon, oranges and berries
- Vegetables such as peas, sweetcorn and potatoes
Wholegain foods are the best source of fiber. You can have bread and cereals for breakfast and enjoy fresh fruit juices throughout the day.
Our body needs about 35-40 grams of fiber per day. Consuming these foods will provide you with enough fiber and help fight constipation. However, make sure also to be a little active since physical activity is essential for the digestive system to work.
3. Consume Foods That Fight Inflammation
Inflammation is a common side effect of rhinoplasty. While it disappears on its own within a week, you can speed up the process by consuming foods that can help fight inflammation.
Some of the foods that help reduce swelling and inflammation include:
- Olive oil
- Green leafy vegetables
- Fatty Fish like tuna, sardines and salmon
- Fruits including orange, berries, and cherries
Most of these foods are pretty soft and can be consumed in many ways. Tomatoes can be eaten raw as a part of a salad with green leafy vegetables. Fruits can be enjoyed raw, or in the form of fresh juice. But make sure to always consume fresh fruits and juices right away after making them.
4. Reduce Anxiety by Eating Right
It is very common for people to feel anxious after nose surgery. Some are worried about their appearance, and some are not confident enough to go out with a new look, especially with people ready to ask questions.
Whatever the cause, it is essential to ward off anxiety. Food can play a critical role in this regard as well. Some of the foods that can help reduce anxiety include:
These foods are rich in nutrients and vitamins that can help reduce anxiety. Vitamin D, for example, has been proven to increase the level of calming neurotransmitters. All the foods mentioned above are abundant in this vitamin.
It is also worth bearing in mind that recent studies have shown that cheese is a strong indicator in generalized anxiety disorders and so it could be worth cutting out or limiting your consumption of cheese.
5. Eat a Lot of ‘Cool’ Foods
This may sound strange to some foods but have their own temperature. It’s not about how cool or hot it feels when you eat it, it’s about what it does to the body.
You should avoid all ‘hot’ foods (usually spicy or acidic) after a surgery. Consuming hot foods may cause bleeding and other such problems. Similarly, very cold foods should also be avoided as they can slow down recovery and even cause you to cough or sneeze, which can be worse after surgery.
Some, such cool foods include:
- Green tea
- Sweet potatoes
6. Foods That Heal Wounds
Rhinoplasty involves cutting, which may leave some marks on and around the nose. These marks can take some time to disappear and also prevent people from going out. An easy way to speed up the healing process is to consume foods that rich in proteins.
Protein plays a crucial role in wound healing. It’s quite easy to understand why. These wounds are musculoskeletal injuries, and since muscles are primarily made of proteins, they need a right amount of proteins to heal quickly.
Some foods that are rich in proteins include:
- Red meat
According to a report by the National Institutes of Health, it is imperative to pay attention to one’s ability to heal. Not doing so can prolong recovery and lead to other issues as well.
Now that you know what to eat, it is time to have a look at what to avoid after nose surgery.
7. Avoid Outside and Processed Foods
Try to stick to home cooked foods. It does not only help in the recovery phase but can also keep other illnesses at bay.
Outside food, usually contains a lot of salt that can lead to water retention, which can worsen swelling. Of course, it is convenient, but the side effects can be severe.
8. Go Low on Caffeine
Caffeine can cause the blood pressure to spike, which can lead to complications after surgery.
9. Say No to Alcohol
Most surgeons recommend patients to reduce alcohol consumption a few weeks before surgery due to its side effects. Alcohol works as a blood thinner and can worsen bleeding. Moreover, it can also aid in the process of hematoma, which can increase swelling.
You should drink no alcohol for the first two weeks after surgery.
10. Bid Adieu to Chewy Foods
Avoid all foods that need you to chew, especially for the first week. These include fruits such as apples and pears. You should also be careful about consuming certain vegetables. If you wish to consume harder vegetables, make sure to boil or cook properly, so they are soft.
Other than this, avoid foods that require you to chew a lot. Gums are a total no-no as they can put a lot of pressure on the jaw. Steaks can also be very harmful.
11. ‘Hot’ Foods Are a Big No
Stay away from spicy and hot foods. Spicy foods can cause you to cough and have a running nose, which can be a problem.
Some hot foods include:
- Ginger tea
Many patients do not know what ‘hot’ foods are. Something that’s consumed hot is not hot food. All foods come with innate potency. Some are hot, and some are cold. This can impact your body temperature and cause the body to react. Hence, it is important that you be careful.
Consume the Required Calories
The most important thing is to consume a balanced diet and not reduce calorie intake. Just because you cannot eat certain foods does not mean that you have to lower your calorie intake.
Your body needs the right number of calories for it to heal. This is why you need to make a good diet plan and stick to it. The number of calories required by the body changes from person to person, depending on gender, age, height, etc.
Women need 2,500 calories per day, and men usually need about 3,000 calories per day.
Drink Plenty of Water
Make sure to drink plenty of water. The recommended amount is 2.5L per day. Staying hydrated will not only make you feel comfortable but can also help speed up the recovery process.
Moreover, you need water for your body to function. Plus, not drinking enough water can also lead to medicinal side effects.
But, be careful about drinking water if you are wearing a cast. Your cast will loosen up if it gets wet.
Now that you know what foods are safe to eat after rhinoplasty, we are sure you will be able to speed up the recovery process without any trouble by being careful about the foods you eat.
While a proper diet is essential, it’s not enough to heal quickly. You will need the help of a product like NU-Bloom Rhinoplasty Recovery Kit to help you get rid of the pain, marks, and swelling swiftly and efficiently after undergoing facial plastic surgery.