If you are considering a cosmetic nose surgery or have already undergone one, then you should be very concerned about what you should and shouldn’t eat after rhinoplasty. Your diet after nose surgery is important because it directly affects the comfort of your recovery period, as it can, for example, reduce or increase your pain.
While it may seem a very simple thing, knowing what to eat and what kind of foods to avoid can be very difficult. That is why we have decided to write this article in order to provide you with a complete guide to your diet after rhinoplasty.
Soup is one of the best foods you can easily eat and enjoy after your nose surgery.
Why is it important to know what you should eat after rhinoplasty?
Your diet after nose surgery matters a lot, as it can make your recovery period more comfortable and smooth the way for a quick recovery. It can help you get the best out of your nose surgery and it can minimize the post-op side effects. So it is important to know what foods can help your body to recover easily from this surgery, as the right diet ensures optimal healing.
Also, after almost any surgery — and rhinoplasty isn’t an exception — the body finds it very hard to easily digest food for many reasons such as general anesthesia, narcotic pain relievers like opioids, and electrolyte or fluid imbalance. That is why many patients suffer from constipation after undergoing a rhinoplasty, and the best way to avoid this and to deal with it is following the right diet.
What foods you should eat after rhinoplasty and during your recovery period?
It’s very important to know what you should eat after rhinoplasty. Make sure to ask your doctor to give you the necessary instructions about eating foods during the recovery period. However, in case you haven’t received sufficient information from your surgeon, here is a list of the best food for rhinoplasty recovery.
Soft foods: In order to help your body and your digestive system, and because it can be very hard and dangerous to chew hard foods with your jaws after rhinoplasty, it is highly recommended to eat soft foods in the recovery period after undergoing a rhinoplasty, such as apple sauce, yogurt, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, chicken soup, etc.
High-fiber foods: It’s highly recommended to eat high-fiber foods in the recovery period after a rhinoplasty, as this type of food helps your digestive system too by promoting normal bowel movements, which in turn help you in avoiding constipation. These foods include:
- Grains such as whole wheat spaghetti, cooked brown rice, whole wheat bread and popcorn, etc.
- Fresh fruits such as apples, oranges, strawberries, pears, etc.
- Fresh vegetables such as cooked carrots, baked potato, boiled green peas and boiled broccoli and spinach, etc.
Anti-inflammatory foods: One of the most important type of food you should eat after rhinoplasty is anti-inflammatory foods, because these foods, as the name suggests, help reducing inflammation, which in turns makes the healing of the wounds much faster and easier. This type of food especially includes foods that are high in monounsaturated fats such as avocado, fatty fish, and extra virgin olive oil but it also includes some vegetables like strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, mushrooms, grapes, and tomatoes. Other anti-inflammatory foods are dark chocolate and green tea.
Wound-healing foods: Another important type of food to eat during your recovery period after rhinoplasty is wound-healing foods, as these foods help achieving a quick perfect wound healing. These foods include foods that are rich in protein such as meat, fish, eggs, yogurt, and foods that are rich in vitamin A like carrots, oranges, and dark leafy greens like spinach and foods that are rich in vitamin C like citrus fruits, orange juice, and foods that are rich in zinc like seafood.
Anxiety-relieving foods: Although the discomfort and the pain are the main symptoms that we aim to alleviate during the recovery period after a rhinoplasty, it is important to know that many patients suffer from anxiety during this period, which can be very discomforting and cause serious distress, but luckily there are many types of food that can relieve anxiety such as Brazil nuts, dark chocolates, green tea, and chamomile.
Fresh fruits and vegetables: Fresh fruits and vegetables have been mentioned many times in this section because of their multiple benefits. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals, which may be one of the most important nutrients you should eat after rhinoplasty.
There are many examples of fresh fruits and vegetables you could eat after rhinoplasty and we have mentioned many of the above, and what is amazing is that they can be prepared in many ways that can suit your diet. For example, pineapple is a very good fruit to eat after your surgery. Therefore preparing or drinking pineapple juice is a perfect way to get all the important nutrients and keep your body hydrated, which is very important for your recovery.
In short, the foods mentioned above are all good for the recovery period but the trick is to know how to eat and prepare these foods in order to get the best of them. For example, potatoes are an example of good high-fiber food but when you eat a mashed potato dish you are eating high-fiber foods and soft foods at the same time, which makes this dish a good example for a perfect meal to eat after rhinoplasty.
If you want some examples of suitable foods to during your nose job recovery, here are a few in a nutshell: chicken soup, chicken stew, pineapple juice, celery juice, protein shake, kabab, chicken with whole rice, cold green tea, spinach dish, and cooked vegetables such as carrots and broccoli.
What type of food you shouldn’t eat after rhinoplasty?
We spoke earlier generally about the best types of food you should eat after rhinoplasty, but it is as important to know which types of food you should avoid to ensure a quick and easy recovery and perfect results.
Hard and chewy foods: As the swelling of the nose tissues is very close to the mouth and teeth it is very important to avoid hard and chewy foods that may cause your upper lip to stretch extremely, such as chips, cereals, baked products, noodles, etc., as these foods are very hard to swallow when your nose is stuffy.
It is very important to know that while many kinds of foods recommended above may be hard chew, they may be prepared appropriately in a way that helps the patient to obtain their benefits without them being very hard to chew. For example, apples and carrots can be sliced to a very thin easy to eat slices, dark chocolate can be melted or also sliced to thin pieces.
Spicy/acidic foods: Another important type of foods to avoid after your nose surgery is spicy and acidic food because these foods increase the blood pressure which in turn can cause bleeding.
Also, these foods irritate the mucous tissues of the nose which can slow down or impair the healing of the wounds and may cause you to sneeze, which can be very uncomfortable and undesired after your rhinoplasty. They irritate the stomach as well, causing digestive problems that can badly affect the healing process. So instead, it is highly recommended to eat cool or room-temperature foods such as smoothies, yogurt, etc.
Processed foods: One of the best ways to help your body during the recovery period after your rhinoplasty procedure is to avoid processed food, as this type of food is rich in sugar, sodium, and saturated fats. Instead, it is highly recommended to eat whole foods, unprocessed and unrefined foods, such as whole grains, green and yellow vegetables, and seeds. But it is important to eat only soft whole food.
Very hot/very cold foods: It is very important also to be aware of the temperature of the food you are eating after rhinoplasty, as it is not recommended to eat very hot or very cold food right after your surgery. These types of food can worsen the discomfort during your recovery surgery, as they can burn your teeth or other parts of your mouth, which may increase your pain. Too cold foods like ice cream can cause tooth pain, which may also worsen your discomfort.
Salty foods: Salt can worsen the swelling and the edema by retaining the water, which is why it is very important to avoid salty foods in order to have a comfortable recovery period.
What should I drink after my nose surgery?
Water: After your rhinoplasty, it is very important to stay dehydrated, which is why you should drink plenty of water during the recovery period.
Nutritious drinks: Drinking non-acidic fresh juices is recommended after nose surgery, especially celery juice and pineapple juice. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps in reducing the swelling and bruising.
Acidic juices such as orange juice may irritate your stomach and that is why it’s usually recommended to avoid these kinds of juices after your rhinoplasty.
Another important example of nutritious drinks you can drink during your recovery period is protein shake.
What you shouldn’t drink
Alcohol: Alcohol is a big no-no after nose surgery, as alcohol can increase chance of bleeding and poor wound healing after surgery and may cause more swelling and bruising. Also, drinking alcohol when you are on some pain medication can be very dangerous and may cause serious health problems. That is why it is usually recommended to wait 6 weeks after surgery before drinking alcohol again.
Caffeinated drinks: It’s also recommended to avoid caffeine after the surgery, as caffeine may delay wound healing. While it may be very hard for patients used to drinking coffee or tea on a daily basis, it is very important to stop drinking caffeinated drinks during your recovery period.
Can I start eating or drinking immediately after my nose surgery?
After the surgery, you may be asked to avoid drinking water for a few minutes. Afterward, you would be asked to start drinking plenty of water or juice, and your surgeon will advise you to start eating soft foods.
What to eat on the day of your surgery?
As we mentioned above, it is very important to follow a strict diet during your recovery period, and it is crucial to do that from the first day, so we advise you to drink juices such as celery juice and pineapple juice or any other non-acidic juice, but be aware to choose a juice that doesn’t contain pulps.
We advise you to eat liquid foods such as chicken soup and broth. And in order to prevent constipation, we advise you to eat some high fiber foods to promote your bowel movements. Also, protein is very important for wound healing that is why we advise you to drink protein shake, but keep in mind to choose protein shakes that contain only protein.
What to eat and drink during the first week?
You should always keep in mind that the right nutrition is crucial for achieving a perfect recovery after your rhinoplasty, which is why you should stick to your diet during the first week after your surgery.
During this week it is very important to avoid hard and chewy foods in addition to spicy hot foods, which is why you should eat soft foods and whole foods while keeping in mind all the information we mentioned above in order to achieve full recovery. Also, it is very important during this week to keep dehydrated so you should drink plenty of water.
We mentioned above how beneficial pineapples are, and that’s why it’s very good to eat a lot of pineapples or to drink a lot of pineapple juice during the first weak. Also, it’s highly recommended to eat pineapples before your rhinoplasty.
Keep in mind that the vomiting or nausea that you may have during this week shouldn’t stop you from eating right and drinking plenty of water. One more important thing is to start eating gradually, and to eat several small meals instead of big main meals.
How long should I follow this diet plan after rhinoplasty?
Usually, the recovery period after a rhinoplasty procedure lasts 1 week, but in some special cases it can last up to 2 weeks, so it is highly recommended to follow this diet during this period. Afterward, you can carefully start returning to your normal diet.
Drinking alcohol and caffeine should be avoided for at least 6 weeks after your rhinoplasty. Also, it is very important to avoid smoking of any kind after your surgery.
Most importantly, you should know that in this article we have only mentioned general diet guidelines to follow during your recovery period after a rhinoplasty procedure, but as every patient is different from other, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor to get more detailed dietary guidelines for your rhinoplasty recovery.