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Can Being Premenstrual Contribute to Significant Swelling While Recovering from Tummytuck?

I am 4 weeks post op today and have noticed that my midsection has begun to swell quite a bit. No "water bed" motion except in my mons area. I was pretty freaked out by it today, but then realized I'm about a week from starting my period. Would normal premenstrual water retention be amplified by tummy tuck recovery?

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Tummy Tuck

You are very observant and “yes” this can affect your retention.  Eating out at very salty restaurants can also cause some retention of fluid.  Expect your abdomen to go down in size after your period resolves.


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Premenstrual swelling

The swelling after a TT last for about 6 month, sometimes longer. Flucuations can be seen after more than usual physical activity and ceretainly menstrual hormone changes, but if you see a "water bed" motion in your mons area you may have a seroma that should be drained,  I suggest you see your surgeon in the next few days and have it checked out.

Lori H. Saltz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Swelling?

Watery swelling after a conventional tummy tuck is common. It may, or may not, be related to your cycle. prior to 2010 I did conventional (drain) tummy tiuks. Since then I switched to no drain tummy tucks. this new method is called progressive tension abdominoplasty. I haven't had a seroma (watery collection) since, and my patients are telling me they have no pain! This surgery  approach eliminates the so called "dead space," it may be the end of seromas (watery swelling) after tummy tucks. It maybe too soon to tell.

Ayman Hakki, MD
Waldorf Plastic Surgeon
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