One week ago I had a full abdominalplasty, muscle repair, and lipo on the upper and lower abdomen and flanks. I feel fine and can walk up right with little pain. But the swelling! I drink water constantly but I'm still 8 pounds heavier than I was when he did the surgery! When am I going to be able to fit into my clothes again? The swelling is especially bad in the upper abdomen.
Why Do I Weigh 8 Pounds Heavier One Week Post Op?
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Postop weight gain
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Weight in the imediate postoperative period
It is not unreasonable to assume that your present weight most probably does not accurately reflect neither the weight of the tissue that was removed during your surgeries (skin and fat removed during your abdominoplasty and additional fat removed during your liposuction) nor the eventual reduction in weight that you most probably will ultimately see within the next few weeks.
Any increase in body weight that you find one week after surgery is most likely due to the intravenous fluid ostensibly given to you during your surgery in addition to the tumescent fluid typically placed into the tissues to be liposuctioned prior to the removal of fat.
Swelling with attendant decreased sensation over the tummy area ("it feels like someonelse's stomach when I touch my tummy") is typical for the first few weeks following either a tummy tuck or liposuction of the abdomen, individually or in combination. I will tell my patients to expect clothes feeling tight for at least 3-6 weeks or longer after their surgery.
I find that swelling in the upper abdominal region typically resolves sooner than swelling in the lower abdominal region after a tummy tuck, primarily due to hydrostatic pressure/gravitational forces. However, the addition of liposuction to the area may indeed potentially change the dynamic of this occurrence
Discuss the pronounced swelling in your upper abdomen with your surgeon as he/she would most probably want to be alerted to this finding and then determine if there may be a collection of fluid in the area or if there has been inadequate compression of your post surgical garment specifically to this area that may then need to modified.
GMB of Barrington, IL
Fluid Retention After A Tummy Tuck And Liposuction
What you are experiencing in terms of weight gain is absolutely normal. Every body contouring patient, particularly procedures that incorporate liposuction, is going to weightmore the first week after surgery than they did before. Often even the same clothes around the waistline will feel tighter as well...and maybe even unable to button or snap them together. This is due to swelling and fluid retention. Over the next few weeks the body will get rid of this excess fluid and you will be closer to or in the 'benefits' phase of the procedure. As a general rule, I tell liposuction patients it will be three weeks after surgery before they will notice that they weigh less than before and for many tummy tuck patients it is going to be closer to a month after surgery.
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Swelling one week post tummy tuck
One week post tummy tuck and liposuction surgery, it is normal for you to have significant swelling. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s post-op care instructions to ensure the best results possible. I provide my patients with an abdominal binder to wear for 4 weeks to help minimize swelling and aid in the healing process. It could take up to 4-6 months for the swelling to subside depending on your activity level. Follow-up with your plastic surgeon to rule out a seroma (fluid accumulation below the skin/subcutaneous flap).
Weight gain post tummy tuck
Tips to help swelling
Tips to help swelling:
drink fresh water and go to the washroom regularly
cut down on salt
leisurely walk around to keep your circulation going
wear your compression garment as advised
Please talk to your surgeon if swelling is of particular concern, as they may be able to help you with advice specific to your situation. Best of luck!
Swelling Following Tummy Tuck is Very Common
It’s not unusual for patients to have significant swelling following abdominoplasty. This occurs for a variety of reasons. Patients are typically given significant amounts of I.V. fluids during their surgical procedure. In addition, the body responds to trauma or surgery by retaining fluid as a protective mechanism.
Under these circumstances. Patients can see significant weight gain from fluid retention following abdominoplasty. This weight gain typically peaks 5 to 7 days following surgery and in most cases resolves spontaneously.
In your case an eight pound weight gain would not be unanticipated following this type of procedure. If you’re anxious about this phenomena, discussion with your surgeon is appropriate. Your surgeon should be able to reassure you and make your post operative experience more comfortable.
Temporary weight gain after cosmetic surgery
It is very common to gain some weight after plastic surgery, particularly liposuction. This is temporary and should all go away once the swelling is gone. Remember that water weighs more than skin and fat. You will retain extra fluid in your tissues for several weeks which will cause your weight to be higher that what you were before surgery. You are doing the right thing by drinking a lot of water; don't stop. I suggest that you stay off of the scales for a few weeks.
Increased weight in post operative period
It is very normal to be up several pounds after having surgery. The body's response to trauma is to hold onto water. This should continue to go down as you move around more, (a few weeks). Everyone is different, and will heal at different rates. Good to stay in touch with your plastic surgeon, as sometimes patients will have a focal collection of fluid, (seroma), that might need to be addressed.
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