I am now officially two weeks (plus some change) post op! Healing and recovery is a breeze which I attribute to these foods, lots of water, rest and following my doctor’s recommendations.
If you are curious about all the details of recovery or breast augmentation, you can read more about that here.
Prior to surgery, my doctor and I had some conversations about my nutrition and supplement use so that we could be sure my body was going to be able to handle anesthesia and recovery. I am so thankful that my doctor and his nurses took the time to do this with me.
As you know, I am big on eating clean and using supplements, so I am going to go over: what was added in, what was removed, the time frame (pre-op vs post-op) and why we did it this way. I also included some meals I enjoyed for reference.
**This is general list and isn’t limited to breast augmentation; my list could be beneficial for any surgery. If you are undergoing surgery, I recommend talking to your doctor about your specific needs.**
Pre-Op: Supplements to STOP Using
- 2 weeks prior- stop aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal medications, diet pills, megadoses of Vitamin E because these could interfere with blood clotting, blood pressure or anesthesia. I also chose to take out ALL protein powders and bodybuilding supplements just to be extra cautious.
- 1 week prior- no wine… booooo 🙁 (Listed here because I consider that a supplement to my mental health!)
Pre-Op: Supplements to Start Using
- Multivitamin (1-2 per day)- start two weeks prior to surgery and continue through recovery
- Vitamin C 500mg (2 per day)- start two weeks prior to surgery and continue through recovery
- Bromelain with Quercetin (2 pills, 3x per day)- Start 3 days before surgery. This balances the natural inflammatory response and minimizes bruising.
Post Op: Supplements for Surgery Recovery
- BCAA- Amino acids help with wound healing and tissue regeneration.
- Protein Powder- easy way to get in protein and amino acids for tissue repair that doesn’t require cooking. Easy to digest in case of nausea or low appetite
- Arnica Montana 30X HPUS (3 pills, 3x per day)- Take immediately after surgery and continue. Reduces bruising, swelling and pain associated with soft tissue injury. It also helps with white blood cells and speeding up the healing process. This is naturally in pineapple and the juice, but I used the pill form instead. I used
- Multivitamin- you should be taking this anyway. If not you are losing at adulting.
- Vitamin C 500mg- helps with elasticicty of the skin…. which you just stretched to fit your new melons. Also boosts the immune system.
- Fish Oil- helps immune system, promotes healthy skin and reduces inflammation
- ZMA- Taken at bedtime, a blend of zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B6 can help with REM sleep. Sleep is very important for recovery as well as zinc.
Post Op: 10 Healing Foods for Surgery Recovery
- Water- Critical to hydrating the body and flushing out anesthesia and help body absorb medications. It can help lessen nausea, fatigue and light headedness.
- Citrus- High in Vitamin C which has been shown to help repair collagen and soft tissue. Also may minimize the chance of over sensitizing your nerves. (And ohhhhh good heavens, the nerves around week 1….) Vitamin C is also in tomatoes and bell peppers.
- Mushrooms- High in Vitamin D which promotes bone healing.
- Seafood- High in zinc which is important for healing and energy after surgery.
- Oatmeal + Whole Grains- High in fiber. The fiber will help you move your bowels and minimize the chance of constipation which is common after surgery due to anesthesia and pain meds.
- Fresh Veggies- High in fiber to help precent constipation. Vitamin A is also found in dark green veggies like spinach and carrots.
- Beans- High in iron which is important for creating new blood cells, wound healing and energy following surgery.
- Sweet Potatoes- High in Vitamin A which is important for a healthy immune system and cell growth. This can help fight any possible infections and help you heal efficiently. Vitamin A is also found in dark green veggies like spinach.
- Lean meats + Eggs- High in protein. After damage and manipulation during surgery, can help the body repair tissue.
- Almonds- High in Vitamin E which is thought to play a role in healing wounds and building scar tissue. Also, olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, other nuts, etc. will improve immune response and help the body absorb vitamins.
- Yogurt + Cottage Cheese- High in calcium and probiotics which can help regulate gastrointestinal system and limit bowel issues.
It’s very common to have little to no appetite the first few days after surgery, so you may want bland foods or very small meals. My appetite was low when I got home from surgery so I just had some chicken noodle soup and mixed nuts. After my nap, I wasn’t hungry and nothing sounded good but I still had a meal (just can’t remember what it was) and a lot of water.
The next few days, I didn’t worry at all about calories or macros even though I rested a lot. I just ate from the list above and tried to get some balance.
My go-to meals were as follows:
Breakfast- 2 eggs, 2 whites, 1/2 c oats with protein powder (peanut butter sometimes) OR 2 eggs, 2 whites, veggies, mozzarella cheese, 1 waffle, banana, walden farms syrup
Snack- low fat greek yogurt, mixed nuts, 1/2 T honey or walden farms syrup, 1/2 grapefruit
Lunch- brown rice + black beans, ground chicken, mozzarella cheese, banana peppers, hot sauce, broccoli/green beans OR chicken breast, peppers, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potato, grass fed butter
Snack 2- protein powder + mixed nuts
Dinner- spinach, tomato, cucumber, egg whites, avocado, chicken breast, balsamic vinaigrette, parmesan cheese OR chicken, asparagus, spaghetti squash, parmesan cheese, almonds
Snack 3- cottage cheese 30 mins before bed
Sidenote: I stocked up on groceries and cooked a lot of this before surgery! I highly suggest doing the same thing.
That’s a lot of information, I realize. But truthfully, I have felt amazing and haven’t had any bruising or excessive swelling. I also haven’t felt overly fatigued besides feeling tired when I took my pain meds. I can’t stress enough how important it is to eat right before and after surgery.
I hope this was helpful! Is there something I missed? If so, feel free to find me on social media!
REMEMBER… always check with your doctor about your needs!