Best Foods After Rhinoplasty


Rhinoplasty aftercare is one of the most critical stages of this procedure which directly affects the result of the surgery. Having a proper rhinoplasty diet not only reduces the complications of this operation but also accelerates the healing process.

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This article mentions the foods you must include in your diet and those you should avoid after a nose job. 

After Rhinoplasty

When Can I Start Eating and Drinking after Nose Job?

After rhinoplasty, you may be asked to refrain from drinking water for at least half an hour. Afterward, you will be asked to drink plenty of water or fresh juice to reduce anesthesia complications. You can start eating soft foods such as smoothies and blended soup almost two hours after the nose job.

Rhinoplasty Diet: 6 Tips

The main aim of the rhinoplasty diet is to speed up the healing process, minimize the side effects of the nose job, boost the immune system, and reduce pain and inflammation. In the following, we discuss six things that you should eat after a nose job:

High-fiber foods

Eating high-fiber foods during the recovery period after rhinoplasty is crucial because they prevent constipation by regulating bowel movements. Foods with a high amount of fiber include pasta, wheat, cooked brown rice, wheat bread, popcorn, apple, orange, strawberry, pear, carrot, potato, green pea, broccoli, spinach, etc.

High-fiber foods After Rhinoplasty

Anti-inflammatory foods

One of the most important things that you must include in your rhinoplasty diet is anti-inflammatory foods because by consuming them, the inflammation caused by the operation is reduced to a great extent. As a result, your recovery period will be shorter, and the wounds will heal faster. Foods containing unsaturated fats such as avocado, fatty fish, and olive oil, some vegetables such as strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, mushrooms, grapes and tomatoes, dark chocolate, and green tea are good examples of anti-inflammatory foods. 

Wound-healing foods

Another important type of food that must be included in your rhinoplasty diet is wound-healing ones. Read on to learn which foods help your wounds to heal faster:

  • Foods rich in protein such as meat, fish, eggs, and yogurt;
  • Foods rich in vitamin A, such as carrots and oranges;
  • Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and lettuce;
  • Foods rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries, and white potatoes.


Wound-healing foods after rhinoplasty

Foods that reduce anxiety

It is interesting to know that pain and inflammation are not the only things patients face after rhinoplasty. Some people also struggle with post-operative anxiety. Luckily, many types of food can relieve your anxiety, such as nuts, dark chocolate, green tea, and chamomile tea. However, you should consult your doctor before having any of them.

Fresh fruit and vegetable

Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that the body needs after rhinoplasty. For example, pineapple, papaya, and peach can reduce swelling and inflammation because they contain an enzyme that prevents swelling and discomfort after surgery. Therefore, it is necessary to have fresh fruits and vegetables during the rhinoplasty recovery period. 

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins C and D and zinc are beneficial during nose job recovery. Vitamin C and zinc help skin regeneration and speed up the wound-healing process. Good sources of vitamins and zinc are dietary supplements and food such as meat, citrus fruits, tomato, etc.

Vitamins and minerals after rhinoplasty

What to Eat 24 Hours after Rhinoplasty

Since anesthetics remain in your body for almost a day after rhinoplasty, it is necessary to have foods that flush out the sedatives from your blood circulation. So, 

  • Drink plenty of water. It’s better to drink 4-6 glasses of plain water the day after rhinoplasty;
  • Have foods rich in protein and carbohydrates to reduce inflammation and side effects of anesthesia;
  • Avoid having alcohol, sparkling water, caffeine, and sodas;
  • Eat soft foods such as smoothies, pudding, and soup;
  • Avoid having foods that cause constipation or nausea; and
  • Avoid having herbal tea, especially green tea, right after the surgery.


Rhinoplasty Diet: The First Week After Nose Job

As you cannot open your mouth or chew properly for a week after a nose job, you should eat soft foods such as scrambled eggs, steamed fruit, vegetables, cooked cereals, soft tuna, soft meatballs, etc.

Remember that your body needs vitamins and minerals in this period, so you have to eat nutrient-dense foods this week. Also, it would help if you drank plenty of fluids such as water, fresh juice, and an herbal tea containing ginger daily to prevent constipation and speed up healing. 

The First Week after Nose Job

Foods to Avoid after Rhinoplasty

What you eat and shouldn’t eat after rhinoplasty is equally essential. Some foods that have a negative effect on the result of nose job and should not be consumed during its recovery period include:

Alcohol: drinking alcoholic beverages after rhinoplasty reduces the healing process speed and causes more nasal swelling. Also, having alcohol right after the surgery may interfere with anesthetics inside your body and cause vomiting and diarrhea.  

Spicy foods: although spicy foods can reduce inflammation, they should be avoided for the first two weeks after rhinoplasty because they may cause digestive problems such as nausea, high blood pressure, nasal bleeding, and sneezing. 

Foods rich in sodium: salt increases swelling and inflammation. Therefore, it is recommended to strictly avoid high-sodium foods during the recovery period and even for a few months after the operation.

Processed foods: these foods are rich in sugar, sodium, and saturated fats, all of which increase inflammation and reduce recovery speed.

Too cold/hot foods: having too cold/hot foods may cause pain in the jaw, teeth, and, finally, the whole face.

Hard foods: having hard and crunchy foods should be highly avoided for at least two weeks after rhinoplasty as they add to recovery time and cause swelling and pain in the upper jaw.

Caffeinated drink: it is recommended to avoid caffeine after surgery because it may delay the wound healing process. While this may be difficult for patients who drink coffee or tea every morning, it is important to stop drinking caffeinated beverages during the rhinoplasty recovery period.

Foods to Avoid after Rhinoplasty

Conclusion

Overall, every patient should be aware of what to eat after rhinoplasty because it can impact the outcome of the surgery and make recovery even harder.

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