Just as your pre-liposuction diet affects your post-liposuction recovery, so does your post-liposuction diet! You must then be conscious about what you eat and drink after your surgery so that you can recover faster and better. Your plastic surgeon at Sono Bello Lift will provide instructions about your post-operation surgery diet but your initiative will still be required.
Keep in mind, too, that the first night after liposuction, you should only eat a light meal. Clear fluids are recommended at first followed by broths and soups. You can then eat heavier foods as you can tolerate them a few days after your operation.
Eat More Protein
Protein, a macronutrient made up of amino acids, is an essential nutrient in building new cells in the body. Thus, it’s a must for the body to heal well after surgery. Think of proteins as the building blocks upon which your body starts to recover from the stress and trauma it went through.
Plus, protein makes up most of your immune system cells so it’s important, too, in minimizing the inflammation in your body. Collagen, the substance that aids in skin repair including reduction of scars, is also protein.
The bottom line: You should eat more protein-rich foods after surgery as soon as you’re back to eating regular foods. Fatty fishes, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as lean meats like chicken and turkey are highly recommended.
Eat More Fats, Too
During your recovery period, your body will have higher energy needs for faster wound healing. You should then increase your calorie consumption with emphasis on more fatty food. You must remember, however, that you should limit your high-fat diet for one to two weeks only.
Again, fatty fishes are recommended as part of your post-surgery diet. Add nuts and seeds, olives and avocado, and coconut oil and olive oil, too. You may also eat in fattier cuts of meat but limit your intake as you don’t want to encourage fat build-up.
You must also add foods that promote faster wound healing. We suggest the following categories:
- Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, which aids in combating free radicals and supporting oxidative balance. Kale, spinach, and green leafy vegetables as well as berries are great sources.
- Foods rich in Vitamin A, which promotes skin growth, are also essential. Beet greens, carrots, and pumpkin or squash will help in recovery.
- Foods with high levels of Vitamin C, which promotes collagen synthesis and boosts immune function, will aid in wound healing, too. Brussels sprouts, tomato juice, and mustard spinach should be on your plate, too.
Also, you should limit your carbohydrate intake to non-starchy food. You will find that doing so increases your energy levels.