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5 Days Post Op TT and Lipo of Hips with Breast Lift I Assume Its a Bad Ideal to Get on Scales?

5 days post op TT and lipo of hips with breast lift I assume its a bad ideal to get on scales? If u guessed I did:-( I didnt expect my weight to change any but it was up 4lbs! And I assume its just the swelling, oh waist line is up 3 inches really????that is over my binder! My waist wasn't that big for my size it was in my lower tummy that was big...I haven't been eating much cause I get full so easy, wow that's a good thing .. no nausea..just tell me I'm being crazy here

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Weight 5 Days after Tummy Tuck, Lipo, and Breast Lift

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     At 5 days, you may have several pounds of fluid still on board.  Yes, you should just calm down.


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 191 reviews

Mommy Makeover results

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Yes, this is the normal amount of weight gain with any tummy tuck and breast surgery.  The scale is not your friend at this time.  I feel manual lymphatic drainage will help you get rid of alot of the fluid you are hanging onto at this point. This is a normal reaction to the "trauma" to your belly and breasts. Hang in there, you will be pleased as the size continues to go down and wait on the scale watching.

Thomas P. McHugh, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Weight after tummy tuck, breast lift and liposuction

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Weighing machines cause more panic than anything else I know!

 Tummy tuck, liposuction and breast lift is a lot of surgery.

  • Your maximum swelling is 3 days afterwards.
  • You can gain 5 pounds of fluid after major surgery
  • It will go away by itself.
  • If you find the recovery difficult, ask your surgeon for anxiety medicine.
  • I tell my patients to NEVER WEIGH THEMSELVES. Loose clothes tell you as much as any weighing machine. Best wishes!

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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Don't get on that scale

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Whatever you do, don't start weighing yourself. You still have extra volume in your system and soft tissue from the surgery. That will eventually go away but it does have weight associated with it. Realize that your surgery was not a weight loss procedure but rather one to help your overall contour. Often times it is 6 weeks before you can really appreciate the change in your figure. You will do great..as long as you stay off the scale!

M. Scott Haydon, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Weight after surgery

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Weight gain after this type of surgery may seem unusual, but it is not.  You have swelling from surgery that will go down as you continue to heal.  Just be patient.  Continue to eat right and listen to your surgeon's orders regarding activity, and stay away from the scale.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Bad Ideal to Get on Scales

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It was a bad idea.

When my 8 pound 10 ounce first child was born, the weight loss of the child and the placenta was almost 18 pounds, yet on day 5 (discharge in that bygone era) his mom weighed a few pound more than on admission to labor and delivery. 

Not only did you make a bad choice to get on the scale, you chose just about the worst day possible. 

When I see body contouring patients back a week after surgery, I have already told them to expect not to be able to fit in their jeans because of swelling from fluid retention. It may take a month to be back to pre-op size, and then the improvement begins. 

Patience,  Best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

5 Days Post Op TT and Lipo of Hips with Breast Lift

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5 Days Post Op TT and Lipo of Hips with Breast Lift can take about 3 weeks for you to see your final weight.

Jhonny Salomon, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Tummy Tuck and Lipo Over But Weight is Up and Tummy Looks Big

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Yes, this is because you are retaining fluid. And this is completely normal. The fluid put under the skin for the lipo contains a salt solution which also retains fluid.  Breast implants have some weight also.

You can expect to look swollen and need a week for that to start going down. At five days you are at the point of maximum swelling. 

The lower abdomen will look swollen for up to three months, going through some phases of healing including firmness before it gets its final look between 3 and 6 months.  You don't have to worry.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Weight after mommy makeover

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Definitely a bad idea to get on the scale after surgery.  Weight gain is very common right after surgery due to swelling and fluids from surgery.  This weight will slowly dissipate over several weeks and you should return to your preoperative weight. 

Naveen Setty, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Up in weight after mommy makeover

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Absolutely way too early to get on the scales!  At 5 days post-op from a mommy makeover, you will likely be up in weight because of swelling and the fluids you were given in the operating room.  Continue eating a healthy diet and your weight will be better in a couple of weeks.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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