Low Sodium Diet?

I had a tummy tuck with lipo on the 7th of December. And have been on a low sodium diet since then. For how long more do I need to be on a low sodium diet to avoid swelling etc? Your advice is apprecaited.

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Low sodium diet after tummy tuck

I would recommend continuing a low sodium diet for up to 6 weeks if you can tolerate it to minimize swelling and speed up the recovery process.  If you cheat one day it may slow the recovery a bit but it will not affect the long term result.  Good luck.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Low Sodium Diet After Tummy Tuck

       From a theoretical standpoint, a low sodium diet may reduce swelling after tummy tuck.  I am not sure how much fluid this is causing to shift, but this is reasonable.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Diet after Tummy Tuck?

Thank you for the question.

There is no specific “recommended diet” for the post-tummy tuck patient. A well-balanced diet with high fiber and a good protein source would obviously be helpful. Adding a protein shake ( to each meal) if necessary may also be helpful especially if your appetite is curtailed ( which often happens during this period). Frequent hydration is also important. Unless your plastic surgery recommends otherwise, I do not think a low sodium diet is necessarily beneficial.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Don't need low sodium diet after abdominoplasty.


This is a new one on me.  You don't need any particular diet after a tummy tuck.  There isn't very much swelling.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Pistol low sodium diet

In terms of the surgical recuperation, you should follow your docor's postop protocol. A low sodium diet cannot but help to be beneficial to your health!

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Low Sodium Diet?

If you can, try a little more, because now is time of very big diet transgression and you need to care the results. 

Maria Cristina Picon, MD
Argentina Plastic Surgeon

Low Sodium Diet?

Unless by personal history your legs swell on a regular diet, there is no reason you can't resume your regular diet.

Best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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