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What Food Should I Eat After a Tummy Tuck?

Any recommendations on foods to eat after surgery? I know to keep to low sodium starting out, but any suggestions?

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Food after Tummy Tuck?

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Thank you for the question.

There is no specific “recommended diet” for the post-tummy tuck patient. A well-balanced diet with high fiber and a good protein source would obviously be helpful. Adding a protein shake ( to each meal) if necessary may also be helpful especially if your appetite is curtailed ( which often happens during this period). Frequent hydration is also important.

Best wishes.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Foods after tummy tuck

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Despite differing opinions on what constitutes the best possible weight maintenance regimen, all dieticians agree that a balanced diet can be achieved by dividing various foods into two distinct groups. These groups include important, everyday foods and others that should only be eaten occasionally. For example, everyday foods include whole grains, low-fat but high protein sources (e.g. eggs), vegetables and legumes. Vitamins and nutrients are abundant in vegetables (preferably fresh or steamed to preserve their dietary benefits), and because they’re low in calories and will keep you feeling satiated for a longer time, feel free to load up your plate with them.

Foods you should eat only occasionally include refined sugar and refined white flour. In fact, other than to perhaps satisfy a craving now and then, it’s probably better not to eat these at all as they facilitate weight gain (and can reverse the results of your tummy tuck).

While the minimum number of calories a person needs to healthily function varies depending on such factors as age, weight and lifestyle, the average person should aim to eat anywhere from 1600-2400 calories per day. Please speak to your doctor to find out what your ideal daily caloric intake is.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Diets

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A healing body needs a normal balanced diet rich in proteins and especially essential amino acid. To do well do NOT diet after surgery. Doing so will impact on your healing and the quality of scars. Instead, focus on getting a balanced diet rich in proteins and you will do well.

Dr. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Well balanced diet following tummy tuck

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The best suggestion is a well balanced diet. I am not an advocate of extreme diets or pushing any one vitamin or supplement. A healthy diet with fruits vegetables and adequate protein is essential to providing all the essential nutrients for building tissue following surgery.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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