Why Aren't the Scales Moving? I Had TT, BA and Lipo 10 days ago. (photo)

I had a tummy tuck w/MR, breat aug (560cc) in each and lipo. My surgery was on the 15th of March and I was 170, 5.3 pounds of skin was removed from my tummy, and 900cc removed in lipo...a couple of days after surgery I was 180??? I know, I know lots of swelling, but my appetite was gone for the first week, I am now 10 days post op and have only went down to 176, what gives??? Honestly, I thought I would be around 168ish...what's going on?? TMI-I considered constipation but I am normal now.

Doctor Answers 4

Weighing yourself after surgery

Thank you for your question.

There are lots of fluid shifts at the time of surgery and afterwards.  You are swollen for months after surgery.

It is not productive to be checking your weight after this procedure but rather you should be concentrating on the recovery process, a healthy diet and plenty of hydration.

Follow your surgeon's advice re: recovery and allow your body to heal.

You will see the results - be patient.


Mommy Makeover vs. Weight Loss

The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair.  The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction. 

However, the Mommy Makeover is not a method of #weight loss. Hence, it's imperative to be at an ideal and stable body weight for at least 6-12 months. This is simply the nature of such body tissues and the ability to heal with the lack or limited elasticity. 

Also, if at any time during your recovery you feel as though you may have gained weight, it's most likely due to the swelling and inflammation as you heal. Healing after a  #tummytuck will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake.  If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Why Aren't the Scales Moving? I Had TT, BA and Lipo 10 days ago.

Thanks for the posted photos. Most likely you are fluid retaining. Best to discuss with your surgeon in more detail. 

No weight loss after surgery

None of the procedures you listed is a weight losing procedure.  The tummy tuck and liposuction are body contouring procedures.  Despite removing a significant amount of skin and fat during a tummy tuck weight usually doesn't change much because the amount the removed tissue weighs is always less than you think.  Also remember to add the weight of the relatively large implants.

Thank you for your question.

Ralph R. Garramone, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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