what to eat after rhinoplasty to reduce swelling?

Asked anonymously on 3rd August, 2022 at 6:07 pm

What to eat after rhinoplasty to reduce swelling?



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Last edited on 26th Aug 2022 at 3:59 pm

What to eat after rhinoplasty to reduce swelling?


To answer this question, we would first like to begin with what food groups you should exclude:

  • Refined carbohydrates,
  • Fried foods,
  • Aerated/sugary beverages,
  • Red meat and processed meat
  • Alcoholic beverages,
  • Caffeinated products,
  • Nicotine/tobacco-based products
  • Extremely spicy food or dishes having excess sodium ((can encourage your body to retain water, making post-operative swelling worse)).
  • Fish oils,
  • Ginger,
  • Gingko biloba
  • Certain medications that can impair healing and cause complications by increasing blood flow:
    • Aspirin, Advil, Coumadin, Warfarin, Xarelto, Eliquis, and Vitamin E supplements.
    • Blood thinning medications.
    • Note - Medicines should be paused/moderated only with the approval of your primary doctor.


  • Anti-inflammatory food that you should incorporate more into your diet:
    • Olive oil
    • Green leafy vegetables (high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols): spinach, kale, and collards
    • Nuts: almonds and walnuts
    • Fatty fish: salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
    • Fruits (with adequate vitamin C): tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges, and apples.
    • Arnica: This natural herb is now available in pill form for easier consumption. Consume only with the doctor's approval.
    • Pineapple: Contains bromelain enzyme, which has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce bruising and swelling.


  • Additional tips:
    • Use frozen peas to reduce swelling: For the first three days after your operation, apply a bag of frozen peas to those areas where most of the swelling and bruising persists. They will constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling.
    • Drink lots of water and freshly squeezed juice with no sugar/pulp: If there is fluid retention, this will help reduce swelling by flushing out excess fluid.


Above, we have narrowed our food items to only those that can beat inflammation. Click here to:

  • Take care of your health/vitamin-related needs throughout your recovery phase.
  • Know which food to eat at what stage of recovery.
  • know which food items can be easy to chew in your recovery phase.


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