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6 day post op, is weight gain (10 lbs) and swelling to non op areas normal?

I am 6 days post op on left side 5 on right and thighs. I am 57 yrs old and had lipo with skin tightening laser to my full back, love handles, full stomach and inner thighs to below knees. I weighed 170 at time of surgery and work a very physically demanding job but do little outside exercise other than my work. I have stayed down since surgery. I am a smoker (approx 1/3 pack cut to 1 per day week before). My left leg and foot along with abs are the worst swelling.

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Weight gain after liposuction is due to total body waterIncrease.

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Is a consequence of any operation the body releases cortisol which as the effective retaining body fluid.. It was liposuction is "leaky". As time passes the body will dispel this water. This may take several weeks.


Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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See your surgeon

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Swelling and fluid retention always happens after liposucton and a weigh gain of 10 pounds is not unusual  However, swelling of one leg is an symptom that you need to tell your doctor about - you should call your surgeon.  

Michael B. Tantillo, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Is 10 pounds of weight gain normal after body surgery

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You should be seen by your plastic surgeon to be sure you do not have blood clots in your legs.
The smoking and inactivity increase your risk. One sided swelling is cause for concern.
Please stop smoking, become more active and contact your surgeon promptly.
This does not mean you have a complication - people can gain a lot of weight after liposuction.
But you need care after surgery that cannot be provided long-distance. With best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Ignore all of those weight issues and swelling issues after surgery and anesthesia!  These take time to resolve!  The one concerning issue you wrote is one sided swelling of legs. Check with your plastic surgeon regarding that ASAP!  This could be from surgery however could also be a more serious issue.  Best Wishes!!

Stefan Mark Szczerba, MD
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