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"Hips and Butt Getting Bigger After Tummy Tuck" – Forum Question

Posted Sep 18 2005 12:00am

Another one from the forum :

The Question:

Hi Dr,
I’m just wondering what your thoughts are on this. I am 5 months po from a FTT, MR (full tummy tuck with muscle repair). I have been working out and still eating healthy as I did b4 surgery, BUT my hips and butt seem to expanding. I’ve been going for lymph drain massages for my tummy and while it is helping that, I can’t help but wonder if it’s pushing fluid to other places. Not only can I not get back into my preop size 8 jeans, but I couldn’t even squeeze into a 12! I’m frustrated because I keep hearing different theories on this. Here’s my 5 month pics

An Answer:

Looking at your pictures, you look like you are doing well.

Prior to surgery did your weight fluctuate alot? Patients like this following abdominoplasty can gain this weight in new places. This can become a problem.

At this point swelling is usually coming down, although in large cases it may not be completely gone for 6-8 months. Did you have alot of liposuction with your tuck? Liposuction frequently makes swelling more pronounced for a longer period of time. Also if you smoke, try to stop it or limit it as it interferes with wound healing.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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