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Article: What are Soft Foods to Eat After Facial Surgery?

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What are Soft Foods to Eat After Facial Surgery?

Soft foods to eat after facial surgery

It can be hard to find foods that meet your nutrition needs after facial surgery. Many patients find that they can barely open their mouths or suck from a straw. The solution is… Soft foods after facial surgery!

Surgery also increases swelling which can make food intake an issue. Crunchy foods are often not tolerated.

Soft foods can be easier to digest and easier to swallow so you can make sure you are getting enough nutrition after your surgery.

Now you may be wondering, what are soft foods to eat after facial surgery?

Keep reading to learn what soft foods are and tips to follow after your next facial surgery from a plastic surgery dietitian.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out my other blog posts that can be helpful for post-op nutrition.

What are Soft Foods?

Soft foods are soft in texture. The main purpose of soft foods after surgery is to make them easier to swallow and not have to chew as much.

Soft foods are great for people after surgery, especially facial surgeries dealing with the mouth, neck, mouth, chin, eyes. Examples of facial surgeries would be buccal fat removal, mini facelift, lower facelift, deep plane face life, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, brow surgery, ear surgery, chin lipo, neck liposuction.

Some examples of soft foods include:

  • Smoothies, applesauce, steamed veggies, skinless fruits (like bananas), oatmeal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, peanut butter, milk, greek yogurt

Keep reading to learn some specific dietitian-approved meals to eat after facial surgery.

What are the different types of soft food after facial surgery?

Soft foods to eat after facial surgery

There are two main types of soft foods to keep in mind post-op: Mechanical soft and Pureed soft.

Mechanical Soft Food

Mechanical soft foods include foods that are chopped, ground, and pureed that can be mashed or cut with a fork. You can include all the major food groups in a mechanical soft nutrition plan.

Some common examples of mechanical soft food include:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fully cooked white rice
  • Creamy soups (avoid soups with large chunks)

Equipment you can use to prepare mechanical soft foods include:

Pureed Soft

Pureed soft foods are different from mechanical soft foods and may be more beneficial to you if you are having a really hard time chewing and swallowing after your surgery. With pureed foods you pretty much don’t need to chew at all. Adding more liquids to the foods can help make swallowing easier after surgery.

Some examples of pureed foods include: pudding, nut butters, smoothies, and pureed vegetable soups.

Equipment you can use to prepare mechanical soft foods include:

Action Tip #1: Invest in a high-powered blender for your after-surgery foods! Some blenders don’t do a very good job of blending the ingredients to a texture that will be easier for you to swallow. That is why I provided a link to my go-to blender that should be able to blend all of your ingredients to your desired texture.

Examples of dietitian-approved Soft Foods After Facial Surgery

Soft foods to eat after facial surgery

1. Toddler fruit/veggie packets

These small fruit and vegetable packets are great because you can simply squeeze them into your mouth. They are also high in micronutrients and fiber that your body needs post-op!

2. Dairy-free, high-protein smoothie bowls

Making smoothie bowls can be beneficial post-op because you can add tons of nutritious foods into them and blend them together. Add a high-quality protein powder to boost the protein intake of the bowl. We know that protein is an important macronutrient post-surgery!

3. Smashed Avocado

Avocado is an amazing source of healthy fats and calories. Add smashed avocado on top of meals to make them more nutrient-dense and increase your energy intake.

4. Chickpea Noodles

Have you ever tried chickpea noodles? They are great for post-op because they have a soft texture when cooked down. Chickpeas are higher in protein so the noodles make a well-balanced meal compared to regular wheat noodles.

Bonus tip: Low sodium is a must after facial surgery so you aren’t inducing extra swelling and inflammation! Choose homemade options when you can to prevent any added sodium in highly-processed foods.

Action Tip #2: Aim to add all 3 macronutrients (Carbs, Fats, and Protein!) in each meal for better healing! Your body needs carbs, fats, and protein to function and heal after surgery. Focus on how you can add each nutrient to every meal you eat for the best success.

Soft Foods After Facial Surgery: The Takeaway

  • Facial surgery can make foods hard to chew and swallow
  • Soft foods are recommended to eat post-op until the facial function returns
  • Experiment with the different types of soft foods after surgery
    • Pureed and mechanical are both great options
  • Dietitian-recommended meals after facial surgery include smoothie bowls, chickpea noodles, smashed avocados, and toddler fruit/veggie packs
  • Choose low-sodium options

Hopefully, you feel more confident knowing which foods are considered soft foods and which equipment will be best to use to help you get the most nutrients after your next facial surgery.

If you are still feeling a little confused or unprepared, get connect with us here!!

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