What Things Should I Avoid to Minimize Swelling After a Tummy Tuck

Things to avoid to minimize swelling after a tummy tuck in terms of diet and physical activities? I am almost 8 weeks post op and tend to notice days that I am more swollen than others. I would like to know the things to look out for as triggers.

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Cut back on salt and don't over exert yourself

Salt intake should be reduced and drink plenty of fresh water to help with swelling. You should also wear your compression garment as advised. You may notice that swelling increases the more physical activity you do, so make sure to not over exert yourself.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Excess Swelling After A Tummy Tuck

Salty foods are a trigger for a lot of people. YOu may want to see your regular MD and get some blood work done to determine if you have any deficiencies in your blood that are causing this swelling. Every person has different things that make them swell. Really try to think about what made you swell in the past. Also, strenuous activity can cause residual swelling several months even after surgical procedures.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Prolonged swelling after tummy tuck

I would wear the binder as much as possible.  I would also recommend that you stop by the ps office when you are swelling to have the doctor check it out.

Swelling takes time to come down.


Scott E. Kasden, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

Swelling, post a tummy tuck, is common following exercising.  This will eventually subside with time when your body's lymphatics begin to drain in their usual pathways.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after tummy tuck

Now that you are eight weeks post tummy tuck you will probalbly notice an increase in swelliing with exercise and acitivity, and sometimes with salty food intake.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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