Surgery can take a toll on anyone — even when it’s minor. That’s because, in addition to dealing with the worry and stress that come with pre-treatment, you have to be mindful of when and what you eat before and after. This can impact your energy levels and mood, especially if your favorite foods are on the list to avoid. The same dietary restrictions can be said for cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck. What foods should you avoid? And, for how long?
What is a tummy tuck?
Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, are a cosmetic enhancement that’s performed to remove excess fat and loose skin from the abdominal area. There are different types of tummy tucks depending on the area of the stomach that needs to be tightened, but typically, a tummy tuck can target the upper abdomen, lower abdomen, and/or the entire region.
There are different reasons for wanting a tummy tuck — whether it’s to help tighten the abdominal muscles after giving birth or for other health reasons, such as pairing it with hernia correction. No matter the reason, there are some precautions you’ll need to take post-surgery to ensure your healing process goes smoothly.
Foods to Eat After a Tummy Tuck
Eating the right foods is one of the fastest ways to heal post-surgery. That’s why it’s important to stock up beforehand and follow your doctor’s instructions for what foods to avoid. Crucial foods to keep in your kitchen for after your tummy tuck include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C and A
- Proteins — such as meat, beans, and eggs
- Omega-3-rich foods — such as mackerel, salmon, chia seeds, and walnuts
- Dairy products such as milk and yogurt (once you’ve resumed having bowel movements)
- Vitamins — such as arnica and bromelain found in bananas and avocado — to reduce bruising
- Grains and nuts
- Water — and plenty of it (64oz a day)
Foods to Avoid After a Tummy Tuck
Just like some foods can help promote a speedy recovery, other foods can slow down the process. Processed foods are typically high in salt and sugar, which can increase bloating and cholesterol — slowing down your healing process. That’s why you should avoid foods such as:
- Fried foods
- Baked goods
- Fast food
- Sugary cereals
- Foods high in sugar and salt
What to Expect Post Surgery
It can take up to six weeks for you to recover fully from a tummy tuck. Until then, you should follow the instructions provided by your doctor — including information about using ice packs, how often you should walk, what medications to take and how often, and other considerations. You should also avoid smoking before and after your surgery since nicotine can restrict blood flow and increase your risk of infection. Talk to your doctor before exercising and follow up on any other post-surgery questions you may have.
If You’re Thinking About Cosmetic Enhancements, Contact Innovations Medical
If you’re looking to reshape your body and boost your self-confidence, Innovations Medical is here for you. We’ll answer your questions and resolve any concerns you have about cosmetic procedures. We’ve been helping our patients look their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.