Swell hell! I am currently 10 more pounds than I was before I went in! Is this normal? (photos)
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Swelling after tt
However, you are still early in your recovery phase and swelling can take months to truly resolve. It is a common complaint for patients that undergo tummy tucks to feel swollen immediately after removing the garment. A few things that may help:
1. make sure your garment is still giving you the appropriate compression. If too loose, it's not helping. If its too tight, your legs will swell.
2. decrease yout salt intake. Drink plenty of water. That helps alot with the swelling. Many times patients drink less water thinking it will make the swelling resolve. The opposite is true.
3. Change positions frequently. If you are in a chair/desk position most of the time. Make sure you are getting up and walking around frequently to help with circulation.
4. Eat high fiber fruits and veggies to help with constipation and bloating which can also make you feel even more uncomfortable and "tight" in a compression garment.
I hope this helps.
Swelling after tummy tuck
Swell hell! I am currently 10 more pounds than I was before I went in! Is this normal?
Generally, abdominal wall "swelling" after tummy tuck may be related to:
1. Swelling in the soft tissues. This may take several months to resolve and may worsen with increased activity or at the end of the day. Patience is required to allow for resolution of the swelling. The swelling occurs because of the interruption of venous and lymphatic channels that occurs during the tummy tuck operation.
2. Fluid accumulation in the space between the skin and the abdominal wall muscle. this may consist of blood ( hematoma) or serum (seroma). This fluid accumulation can generally be diagnosed by physical examination ( occasionally ultrasound may be helpful). Treatment consists of aspiration; several episodes of aspiration may be necessary.
3. Separation of the abdominal wall muscle repair may lead to a swelling/bulge appearance. This may be diagnosed on physical examination with your surgeon examining you in different bodily positions. One of the steps of a tummy tuck procedure involves reapproximation (plication) of the rectus muscles. These muscles have spread apart during pregnancy and/or weight gain. Bringing them together again in the midline helps to “tighten” the abdominal wall as well as to narrow the waistline.
4. Residual adipose tissue may be confused for swelling. Again this is most easily diagnosed by physical examination. Additional liposuction surgery maybe necessary to improve the results of surgery.
Generally, it takes many months for swelling to resolve after tummy tuck surgery and it may take up to one year (or greater) a complete skin redraping to occur.
I hope this helps.
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- After a tummy tuck it is expected that your abdomen will be swollen for many weeks, sometimes even months.
- The last area that swelling tends to be noticeable, as you mention, is just above the incision. Eventually, this swelling will resolve as well.
- What we don't know is when your operation was!
- But from the photos you've provided, everything appears to be healing up just fine.
- It is common to weigh more than you did prior to your tummy tuck, because your body holds on to fluid for awhile before returning to its normal state.
- Definitely discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon, but remember that time is your friend with regards to healing up after a tummy tuck, and in a few months, your weight will likely be back to normal, and you'll be very pleased with your results.
Swelling of abdomen following surgery
With that being understood, 10 pounds seems excessive. Would contact your surgeon and move-up your next appointment.
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