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The Role of Nutrition in Facelift Recovery

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Undergoing a facelift is a significant personal decision, and one that can dramatically rejuvenate your appearance and boost your confidence. However, the journey to achieving those remarkable results doesn’t end with the surgery itself: the recovery phase for a facelift is as equally important as the procedure, and nutrition plays a pivotal role in ensuring a positive and rapid healing phase. Plus, proper dietary choices can not only expedite healing, but also enhance the overall outcomes of your facelift. So, what do you need to know about the role of nutrition in facelift recovery? Let’s take a look.

Importance of Nutrition in Post-Facelift Recovery

Just in the same way that nourishing your body is important after being ill, post-surgical nutrition after a facelift is vital in speeding up the healing process and minimising complications. After a facelift operation, your body requires additional nutrients to repair tissues, reduce inflammation, and strengthen immunity, and a well-planned diet – one rich in vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients – can significantly impact how quickly and smoothly you recover from your facelift.

The Facelift Diet: Key Nutrients for Healing


Protein is vital for tissue repair and wound healing,so including adequate protein sources in your diet after facial surgery is essential. Opt for lean protein like chicken, fish, tofu, and legumes; these not only aid in healing but also help in maintaining muscle mass during your recovery period.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins A and C play a significant role in healing and immune function; this is because foods rich in Vitamin A, like sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens help in the regeneration of damaged tissues. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, strawberries, and bell peppers, is also crucial for collagen formation, which is key to skin healing and elasticity.

Minerals like zinc and selenium also contribute to wound healing and immune support, so you’ll want to include nuts, seeds, and whole grains in your diet to ensure an adequate supply of these essential minerals.

Soft Foods to Eat After Facelift

There are also some practical concerns to consider: in the initial days following your facelift operation, you may find it challenging to consume regular meals due to discomfort or swelling. This is where soft foods come into play; soft foods to eat after facial surgery not only provide the necessary nutrients but also ensure ease of eating.

Easy-to-Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods


A blend of fruits, vegetables, and a protein source like Greek yoghurt or protein powder can be an excellent way to get your nutrients without much chewing. Other notable examples include:

  • Soups and Broths: Warm, nourishing soups and broths can be soothing and packed with nutrients. Opt for varieties with added lean protein and vegetables.
  • Scrambled Eggs: Soft, easy to eat, and high in protein, scrambled eggs are an ideal post-facelift food.
  • Mashed Vegetables: Mashed potatoes, pumpkin, or sweet potato provide essential nutrients and are gentle on the jaw.

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Staying Hydrated

Hydration is another important step when it comes to recovery after any surgery, and that includes a facelift. Drinking plenty of water helps in maintaining skin health, flushing out toxins, and reducing swelling, so aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your body and skin hydrated. You can also include hydrating foods like cucumbers, watermelon, and oranges in your diet for an extra antioxidant boost!

Long-Term Dietary Habits for Sustained Results

So, how can you use your diet to prolong and enhance the eventual results from your facelift surgery? Here’s what we recommend:

A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats is essential for maintaining skin health, so you shouldn’t stop eating these foods once your facelift is healed. In fact, antioxidant-rich foods can actually combat free radicals and reduce skin damage and ageing signs, so incorporating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and avocados, can help keep your facelift looking fresher for longer.

Moderation in Sugar and Processed Foods

Like with any diet, it’s advisable to limit the intake of sugar and processed foods post-facelift. High sugar levels can accelerate ageing by damaging collagen and elastin, which are the proteins that keep your skin firm and youthful. Opting for natural, whole foods over processed options can significantly impact the quality and appearance of your skin – but you can enjoy everything so long as it’s in moderation.

Supplements: Do They Help?

While a balanced diet is the best way to get necessary nutrients, certain supplements may be recommended by your surgeon to support healing. However, the science can be mixed on the effectiveness of supplements vs. whole foods, so always consult with your healthcare provider before adding any supplements to your diet post-facelift.

The Role of Exercise in Facelift Recovery

Exercise plays a complementary role in your post-facelift regimen, but you’ll want to make sure to follow your surgeon’s guidance on when to resume physical activities. Once you’ve been given the thumbs up from your doctor, incorporating gentle exercises can boost circulation, accelerate healing, and contribute to overall wellness.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, a well-planned facelift diet, comprising protein-rich foods, essential vitamins and minerals, soft foods, and ample hydration, will support your body’s natural healing mechanisms and help you achieve the best possible outcomes from your facelift. Keep up these habits both during and after your recovery, and your skin will thank you for it.

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia is one of Harley Street’s most experienced and renowned craniofacial plastic surgeons. With over a decade of professional experience, he has transformed the lives of countless patients from all over the UK & abroad.

Due to his vast and hands-on training in the UK and the US, Dr Ivo now specialises in more than a dozen different aesthetic, craniofacial and transgender procedures. Some of them include face, neck, and brow lifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, breast reduction & breast uplift as well as facial feminisation surgery, to name a few.

Dr Gwanmesia has also conducted pioneering research, which led to the development of a new technique for the reconstruction of the middle vault of the nose, known as the ‘Fulcrum Spreader Graft’. He was also part of a study comparing the efficacy of the Sheen Spreader Graft and the Fulcrum Spreader Graft. The study has since been published on PubMed and the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.