"Dangerous" Swelling during and after surgery.
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Fluid Retention with Surgery
Post op swelling
It is normal after the trauma of surgery and childbirth for the body to retain fluid, which usually stays for about 10 days to two weeks.Swelling in and of itself is not usually "dangerous" in healthy people. I would check with your OB-GYN to see if you had an unusual reaction that should be looked into before more surgery, just to be safe.
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Mommy make-over - how much swelling?
- After pregnancy and after surgery, our bodies will tend to hold on to a lot fluid.
- Whether your fluid retention after delivery was dangerous or abnormal, only your obstetrician can say.
- If it was abnormal, your surgeon will probably want you evaluated and cleared before surgery.
- But after any surgery, we can gain lots of weight in fluid that slowly subsides.
- This is a normal biologic process.
- So I suggest you first check with your obstetrician as to whether your fluid accumulation affected your health and was abnormal, or of a kind typically seen after pregnancy with C section delivery.
Very Concerned About Swelling After Mommy Makeover
Most likely you are experiencing a lot swelling and inflammation. After all, a Mommy Makeover is a major procedure. Healing after the #tummytuck will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake. Healing varies per person and will continue for 2-3 months for the early period. This includes some swelling, bruising, malposition, color differences. Sensation in the breasts may also be abnormal and scars will be evolve. Tingling, burning or shooting pains in the breasts will disappear with time and should not alarm you. It is simply a result of the regeneration of your sensory nerves. If these sensations cause pain, repeated, local self-massage per your surgeon's permission may help.
However, no lifting or straining. At three weeks, increased level of activity and full with no restrictions, at 6 weeks. #MummyTummy is a term given to modified tummy tucks which can use liposuction and skin tightening with radiofrequency such Vanquish, Vela3, thermage, thermiRF and others. The actual fat contouring can be done non-surgically as well with #UltraShape or Cool-Sculpting.
As I advise my patients, if your work keeps you sedentary, you may return whenever you feel up to it. If your work is strenuous, wait until your work activity does not cause any superficial pain.
Some employers will modify a person’s job duties so they can back sooner, but without physical activity. Our office can provide our patients with a note stating they are not to engage in strenuous activity for a specified period of time. The note will not disclose what procedure they have underwent. Therefore, you may have to request a similar note from your surgeon if you are not independently employed. I recommend avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous #activity for six weeks following your surgery. With that said, it may help you plan your return to work accordingly.
As for heavy lifting and other #strenuous #activities, it should be avoided for until you have clearance from your surgeon. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or #discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!! 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.
Also, the purpose of the post-procedure #garment is to provide some gentle #support and to reduce swelling following a #TummyTuck or #Abdominoplasty. If it feels too tight or causes pain, take it off. Patients wear the #elastic garment for several weeks after surgery, as directed by their doctor. Some choose to wear it longer for several months for comfort.
Fluid Retention with Surgery in Melbourne, FL.
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