Best Diet and Exercise Regimen After Liposuction?

I had total body liposuction 2 weeks ago. I stayed the same weight at 1st week, but now at 2 weeks I'm up 3 pounds from my pre-op weight. I am swollen everywhere except my arms. I would like to know what foods are best at this time to reduce inflammation and swelling and not to continue gaining weight?

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#LiposuctionDietAnd Exercise

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Best Diet after Liposuction
After liposuction you experience a lot of swelling, which contributes to weight fluctuation in the beginning. In order to have the best results, it is good to have a well-balanced diet, including carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and proteins. You should be careful not to overeat. A low salt diet and drinking water liberally will help the edema go away a bit faster as will walking increasing distances. See below link for more information
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Avoid the Scale for 1 Month after Liposuction Surgery

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KZZKZZ, it’s important to remember that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Best for removing small pockets of fat, liposuction gives patients better body contour and a shapelier silhouette, but is not meant to help you lose pounds. I do understand, though, that seeing the scale move upward from your pre-surgery weight after having fat removed can be disappointing. I tell patients to avoid the scale for 1 month after surgery because the body is in healing mode from surgery stress and can cause you to retain water (which could translate to increased pounds). Once the body realizes you are fine the water will come off.  Maintaining a balanced diet and following your doctor’s prescribed post-op instructions will also help you on the right track toward a healthy recovery.

Swelling contributing to weight gain

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Eat a healthy diet that's rich in nutrients. Vegetables and protein are great, and reduce sodium intake. Drink plenty of water as well. This should help you recover.

You should be aware that the weight you've gained over the second week is most likely due to swelling, so it's all retained fluid. You'll get rid of this as the swelling goes down.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Don't worry about your weight for 2 months.

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Hi! You had a lot of liposuction and I am sure you have a LOT of swelling and retained fluid. So short term weight shifts don't mean anything. You can avoid salt and be as active as possible, but basically it is a matter of time.

In 2 to 3 months, you will hopefully see much improved CONTOUR and SHAPE. But long term weight gain or loss is independent of liposuction. In Manhattan, we don't try to make people thinner with liposuction, just better shaped.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction is unlikely to control weight

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I know it is very discouraging to many however it is quite true that liposuction is a very poor solution to weight control. Liposuction is beneficial as a contouring procedure, though total body liposuction is very unlikely to have a lasting impact on body weight. If you continue to live as you did before your procedure you will notice a continued upward creep in your body weight. True, the fat cells removed will never come back, but your body has plenty more both under the skin and around the internal organs where it can be stored.

You are in need of help. My office staff enjoy a show out your way called the biggest loser. I suggest you Google the website where I am told they share stories of support, exercise and diet secrets used on the program, and also explore other organisations which will be of help with your weight problem.

You have just made an investment in yourself and you should see it through. Take control and take your life back. You are well worth it.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Diet after liposuction

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Thank you for your question.  Fairly significant swelling after liposuction is part of a completely normal recovery.  Swelling typically peaks at around 3 days post-op, and gradually decreases from there, reaching a final result at around 3 months.  Post-op swelling can be managed, and its reduction encouraged, by wearing a compression garment and undergoing lymphatic massage.  Diet will likely have little effect on your swelling, though you should try to avoid excessively salty foods (which can cause you to remain swollen), and obviously try to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle.

Diet and exercise after liposuction

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You should ask your surgeon for their advice, however these are some things that may help with swelling:

drink plenty of water and go to the washroom regularly
leisurely move around to help your circulation
cut back on sodium 
eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.