Post-Op Mommy Makeover, Which Food/Beverages to Have Avaiable for 1st Week?

What foods/beverages would be most beneficial for postop healing? Are protein shakes OK? Should I increase my lean protein intake? Thanks!

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What to eat after a mommy makeover

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Light foods such as broths, jello, and shakes are perfect for you after a mommy makeover.  Protein shakes are especially good for optimal incision healing.

Good nutrition and hydration important.

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It’s important that Mommy Makeover patients maintain good nutrition in the post-operative period. During this time, it’s important that they have adequate calories, protein, vitamins and trace elements.
A well balanced high protein diet is necessary for several reasons. It’s very clear that poor nutrition can lead to wound healing problems in the post-operative period. In some cases, it may even cause wound breakdown and separation.
Protein shakes and other sources of protein are essential for optimal wound healing. We also recommend that patients avoid heavy and spicy foods which may lead to indigestion following surgery. Patients should also minimize salt intake which can lead to prolonged post-operative swelling.Patients should work hard to maintain good hydration. This helps decrease the incidence of constipation in patients already on narcotic pain relievers.
It’s important that these issues be discussed with your plastic surgeon if you have concerns.Your surgeon should be able to be more specific about your unique situation.

Diet after Mommy Makeover

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The most important thing to do after any surgery is to make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water. It is best to also try to stay away from salty food items in which those can make you swell more. Protein shakes are very good and I would encourage drinking those. You may want to stay away from multi-vitamins because some of them do contain fish oils and vitamin Es which can cause bleeding. It is also very important to take your stool softeners because the medications can cause constipation. I would start off slow and eat/drink to what is tolerable.

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Nutrition Before and After a Mommy Makeover

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I think any physician as well as surgeon will tell you that eating a healthy, well-balanced is the best way to go before and after surgery unless a specific diet is recommended by your surgeon for some reason. Getting the right nutrients can boost your immune system and help you heal faster and it doesn’t mean you need a specialized diet like a high protein diet.  

The Cleveland Clinic recommends getting enough antioxidants to enhance your immune system. Antioxidants come from vitamins and minerals in the food that you eat. Their job is to remove the harmful free radicals from the bloodstream. Free radicals are the toxic byproducts that are the result of the body turning food into energy. Free radicals can damage DNA and impair the immune system. Most fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. Many of these foods are identifiable by their bright red, yellow or orange colors. Foods such as tomatoes, spinach, carrots, berries, red grapes, cranberries, apples, peanuts and broccoli are good sources of antioxidants. 

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

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Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Diet after mommy makeover

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Thanks for your question -

You should not plan drastic diet changes. 

A healthy balanced diet is as important after surgery as it was before.  Things like high doses of Vitamin E or high protein diets can actually cause post-op problems (bleeding for Vitamin E and constipation for high protein diets).

I hope this helps!

Mommy makeover

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It is important to follow your surgeons postoperative care instructions. Protein shakes are good supplement to a healthy diet in this time of recovery. Make sure to stay well hydrated and try to have some food on board before taking medications. High-fiber foods are also important to help prevent constipation. Best wishes.

Diet after tummy tuck

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After a tummy tuck I would recommend a high protein, low carb diet. Vitamins with extra minerals like zinc and magnesium are good for wound healing. Avoid food that will make you feel bloated and gassy. Also avoid salt as it will make you blow up! Use a mild stool sftener like Colace or Pericolace. Stay well hydrated and move around as much as your doctor will permit. 

Mommy makeover diet

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I would recommend a preoperative healthy diet that you continue postoperatively.  You won't be able to suddenly change your immune system and healing capacity the week after surgery if you were not healthy and fit going into surgery.  Fruits, vegetables, lean protein, protein shakes are all good - but remember to do everything in moderation.  Suddenly drastically changing your diet the week after surgery can cause digestive problems, bloating, etc, and remember that pain medications can cause constipation.  Decreasing salt intake can help with swelling after surgery. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.