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Is There a Special Diet to Follow After Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation?

what is the best way to keep your figure after a tummy tuck, and brest implants? any special diet?

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Diet after body contouring surgery

Despite differing opinions on what constitutes the best possible weight maintenance regimen, all dieticians agree that a balanced diet can be achieved by dividing various foods into two distinct groups. These groups include important, everyday foods and others that should only be eaten occasionally. For example, everyday foods include whole grains, low-fat but high protein sources (e.g. eggs), vegetables and legumes. Vitamins and nutrients are abundant in vegetables (preferably fresh or steamed to preserve their dietary benefits), and because they’re low in calories and will keep you feeling satiated for a longer time, feel free to load up your plate with them.

Foods you should eat only occasionally include refined sugar and refined white flour. In fact, other than to perhaps satisfy a craving now and then, it’s probably better not to eat these at all as they facilitate weight gain (and can reverse the results of your tummy tuck).

While the minimum number of calories a person needs to healthily function varies depending on such factors as age, weight and lifestyle, the average person should aim to eat anywhere from 1600-2400 calories per day. Please speak to your doctor to find out what your ideal daily caloric intake is.

The goal of your exercise routine should be to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and this includes remaining physically active through exercises that promote cardiovascular fitness and the improvement of muscle tone.
Exercises tailored toward cardiovascular fitness include running, cycling and aerobics. Start off at a very easy pace after your surgeon gives you the green light to hit the gym. Increase intensity slowly with each session.
For strength training, it is imperative that you keep any abdominal exercises to a reasonable amount. Although many patients believe that these exercises will help keep their stomachs flat and firm, it can actually cause the opposite to occur. Over exerting abdominal muscles that have been treated during a tummy tuck can cause them to stretch apart, as they were before surgery. Perform any abdominal exercises with this in mind. For this reason, the majority of your workout routine should be “cardio”.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Diet/Lifestyle After Surgery VERY Important


After having surgery, it is always a good idea to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.  A good, balanced diet, as well as regular exercise/activity keeps you as healthy and in balance as possible.  There are no other magic nutritional or diet programs specifically for augmentation and tumy tuck patients.  The one thing that you do not want to do is to have a poor diet and gain weight afterwards, potentialy ruining your aesthetic results.  I hope this helps.

Christopher V. Pelletiere, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
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A Healthy Lifestyle is Always Your Best Bet


Hi there-

As long as you maintain a healthy balance between calories in and calories out (between eating and exercising), and you make good choices with regard to your foods, no particular diet should be necessary.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Aging and diet easily impact and reverse many good cosmetic results. While there is little we can do about aging (Remember - getting old is a good thing), we CAN do a lot more about what we eat.

Generally, speaking we should not be eating more than we burn. If you are an Olympic swimmer who spends over half of your life in a pool burning thousands of calories, then eating 6,000 calories a day is sensible. On the other hand, if you drive to work, where you take the elevator up and down but burn less than 1,000 calories a day while consuming close to 3,000 then those extra 2,000 calories will end up in fat.

You can join weight watchers to allow you to properly keep track of your calories or you may choose to pay a bit more and have a diet designed by a nutritionist especially for you. Either way, it would take discipline to maintain your looks and more importantly your health.

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