Small Weight Gain During Recovery Phase of Abdominoplasty

I had an abdominoplasty two weeks ago. Since I'm unable to exercise I'm wondering if a small weight gain will effect the results? Prior to having surgery I got my body into excellent physical shape, and plan to get back to my workout routine as soon as my doctor gives me the okay. I just want to know if I should be following a super strict diet to reduce weight gain during the time I can't exercise.

Doctor Answers 9

Weight gain after tummy tuck

Do not look at a scale for a few weeks after a tummy tuck.. First heal, eat right and then go back to your exercise and diet regimen when your doctor says it is ok to do so.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Small Weight Gains during Recovery After a Tummy Tuck

Recovery from ALL surgery involves an acute phase of healing which involve inflammation associated with fluid retention, tissue stiffness and woody feeling. At 2 weeksafter aTummy Tuck,I would NOT worry about and would STRONGLY advise you against short-sighted diets. This is NOT the time to deny your body the nutrients the healing process requires. I would recommend you eat a diet high in proteins and resume exercising gradually when your surgeon recommends you do. Be patient. You will be glad you did. Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Weight gain after tummy tuck

A brief and temporary weight gain of 5-10 pounds is very normal during the recovery period following a tummy tuck. To some degree this is due to retained fluids. Within 3 weeks you should be able to return to light activities and by 6 weeks more strenuous.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Weight Gain After a Tummy Tuck

If you have a rapid recovery tummy tuck you should be starting back to exercise at two weeks. You will not likely be allowed to work much on your abdominal muscles if you had a muscle repair but that would not preclude you from doing an aerobic workout such as an elliptical or spinning. You do not want to restrict your intake too much as you need the calories for healing.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Weight Gain after Surgery

I would not recommend starving yourself while you are healing.  It is normal for some weight gain after surgery, it is just going to take time.  Once you are given the OK and can start exercising you will loose the weight. 

Robert N. Young, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Diet after tummy tuck?

As long as you have good eating habits, your weight gain should only be temporary due mostly to fluid retention. It is important during the healing stage, not to deprive your body of much needed nutrients. Within 6 weeks of your surgery, you should be able to get back to your regular exercise program

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Don't worry about slight weight gain after tummy tuck

It is not uncommon to gain a few pounds in the first few weeks after surgery, both due to inactivity, and also fluid retention (all kinds of surgery cause you to gain "water weight" for the first week or so after).  This is nothing to worry about.  Take it very easy now, take good care of yourself while you're healing so that you can get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.  Eat a sensible diet of course, and the weight will fall off once you're released back to full activity. 

Amy M. Sprole, MD
Wichita Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Small Weight Gain Should'nt Affect Result

It is not uncommon to have a small weight gain following tummy tuck or other surgeries for the reasons you mentioned.  This should not have any significant effect on the ultimate result of your tummy tuck.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Small weight gain while recovering from a tummy tuck

Small weight gain should not affect your final result. From your description, you sound as though you are very cognizant of weight gain and fitness. A super strict diet is probably not necessary.  Try to eat "clean" and your surgeon will get you back to the gym as soon as he/she can.  Hang in there, Dr. Parungao, 

Allan J. Parungao, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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