Recovery after any plastic surgery procedure typically involves a fair amount of bruising and swelling... but what if we told you just eating some fresh fruits can help you feel better faster? From pineapple and papaya to berries and oranges, here are some fruits that can actually help speed your recovery.
Keep in mind that these fruits should be supplements to any medication and advice you get from Dr. Ali or Dr. Tamir! Your doctor knows best when it comes to your recovery, and you should follow his advice first and foremost.
That being said, here are the top fruits to eat for a speedy and healthy recovery.
Pineapple and Papaya for Swelling
These tropical fruits do more than taste delicious and make you think of a vacation in Hawaii. The enzyme bromelain, found in the stem and juice of these fruits, helps to reduce swelling and inflammation post-operatively.
We recommend eating a medley of fresh pineapple and papaya, or throwing them in an all-natural smoothie to help provide a healing boost. If you want a more concentrated dose of bromelain, you can also buy supplements.
Berries for Antioxidants
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all high in antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which help to keep the body healthy. In addition, berries are high in fiber, which helps keep the digestive system functioning well. This is especially important after surgery, as pain medications can lead to constipation.
While we may recommend a laxative, eating fiber-rich foods also helps and is a natural way to keep the digestive system healthy even after you finish taking your pain medications.
Citrus Fruits for Vitamin C
Vitamin C not only helps provide a boost to the immune system, it also plays a role in collagen production. Collagen is what helps scars heal, so stock up on oranges and grapefruits after surgery. Another great way to get a citrus benefit is to squeeze some lemon into a glass of water in the morning.
Citrus fruits are also high in water content, which helps to keep you hydrated. Getting enough water is key to a smooth recovery!
Eat A Healthy Diet and Follow Doctor's Orders
Throughout your recovery, in addition to these fruits, you should be sure to eat a healthy diet with lots of leafy greens and vegetables. You should also try to walk around as much as possible - but don't overdo it. Trying to do too much too soon can be detrimental to your recovery, so you should stick with your plastic surgeon's guidelines even if you feel like you could be doing more.
Every person heals differently, and it's important to listen to both your body and your surgeon for the most comfortable recovery.
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If you are interested in any of the cosmetic surgery procedures we offer, please don't hesitate to schedule your consultation by calling Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery today at 602-513-8133. We welcome patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and other nearby areas of Arizona.