Whatfoods should be eaten after Rhinoplasty, and for how long in terms of weeks before returning to a normal diet? Would weight gain shakes be good substitutes for food? Because I would imagine that having to pass stool with solid foods would cause the same strain as lifting heavy items.
What Foods Should One Eat After Rhinoplasty?
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Keep things cool and no spicy foods after Rhinoplasty
Keeping things cool and not spicy will only help. This will cool the area and keep things from oozing. Hot liquids and spicy foods will tend to dilate your blood vessels and lead to more bruising and swelling. Keeping your head elevated will also be beneficial. Afrin nasal sprays or nasal constrictors can help too. Nasal irrigation will clean the nose as well. Icing immediately after the surgery and for 48 hours can keep things cool and less swollen.
Sometimes your doctor will think about steroids to keep swelling down as well, and you can ask your physician about this. I usually prescribe a medrol dose pack for excessive swelliing.
But back to foods, there is not a lot of scientific studies looking into the influence of foods on results of Rhinoplasty (nose job / nose plastic surgery / nose cosmetic surgery / rhino plasty / rino plasty). Most suggestions are based on common sense and the general sense of the surgeon.
No special diet for rhinoplaty
Except for the first 24 - 48 hours after Rhinoplasty, no special diet is required. For the first 24 -48 hours after the surgery, I advise my patients to eat a cool, soft, light diet.
The goals are 1 avoid postop nausea and vomiting 2 hot foods dilate blood vessels and can increase the chance of bleeding.
Constipation is caused by narcotic pain medications. My Rhinoplasty patients do not experience significant discomfort and we avoid pain meds that cause constipation.
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There really are no specific food restrictions after a rhinoplasty. I would say get foods that you enjoy that do not cause pain when you chew on them. Sometimes patients have an uncomfortable feeling when they open their mouth widely after surgery.
Post Rhinoplasty Diet
You start with liquids for the first few hours, then soft food for the first evening. Starting the next day start your regular diet. Using protein shakes can cause lack of fiber and then constipation. Straining from that can lead to a nosebleed after a rhinoplasty. So, fiber in the diet should be resumed as soon as possible.
There are typically no dietary restrictions following rhinoplasty surgery.
Diet After a Rhinoplasty
Avoid Spicy Foods & Foods That Can Cause Nausea Following Rhinoplasty
Patients who undergo rhinoplasty are allowed to resume a normal diet with two major exceptions. Any food that has the potential to cause indigestion should be avoided. Nausea and vomiting can have significant negative consequences for rhinoplasty patients in the immediate post-operative period.
In addition, hot foods and spicy foods should be avoided as well. This type of food has the potential to elevate blood pressure and cause bleeding after rhinoplasty surgery.
It’s also important to understand that narcotic pain relievers can cause nausea in the immediate post-operative period. For this reason, patients should advance their diet slowly to avoid unnecessary problems.
Eating After Rhinoplasty
For the first day after surgery, you should focus on foods that are soft and more bland. Eating anything that can irritate your nose or stomach is not a good idea as it can disrupt the healing process. Within about a week, you can resume your normal diet but make sure to consult with your facial plastic surgeon for what's best with your specific healing process.
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