10 Dec Weight Gain After Plastic Surgery: What To Expect After Breast Implants
A Surprising Side Effect Of Surgery
For patients finally getting breast implants, the process could be exciting. At the same time, recovery is just as important as the procedure. Patients require a few weeks of downtime for the incisions to heal and the implants to settle naturally. With recovery comes some unexpected changes, with weight gain being particularly concerning. Weight gain after plastic surgery is quite common for various reasons. With the surgeon’s recommendation, there are ways to ensure a smooth recovery while keeping extra pounds at bay.
Implants and weight
Recovery from plastic surgery varies from patient to patient. Some patients see and feel full results after a few short weeks. Others need close to 8 weeks of recovery. As a rule, everyone will experience degrees of pain, soreness, swelling, and discomfort. Almost all will encounter a small change on the scale. Implants carry weight. On average, implants weigh about 0.20 to 0.23 pounds for every 100cc. Based on the type of implant, the procedure can add between 1.5 to 2 pounds to bodyweight.
Rest and recovery
The patient would not be allowed to perform strenuous physical activities for the first 2 weeks of surgery. If a patient maintains the same calories as before surgery, weight gain is possible during that time. The sedentary period means fewer calories burned so that patients can add on some extra pounds in the short term. This time is especially true for active patients as the slowed metabolism helps pack on weight faster. Reducing calories, eating whole foods, and staying active in other ways, like short walks, can keep the weight down.
Fluid retention is common
After surgery, cosmetic or otherwise, most patients suffer from postoperative edema. When the body experiences injury or trauma, fluid suddenly builds up in the body. This is the body’s way of fighting inflammation. The patient may also receive IV fluids during the procedure, which can further increase body weight. This water weight can go away naturally but reducing salt intake and wearing compression clothing helps.
Eating habits may change
Recovery from surgery can be a stressful time. The pain and discomfort within the first few weeks could be unbearable at times. To cope with the stress, patients are prone to reach for some comfort foods. Those extra calories from ice cream, snacks, and wine can add up in the weeks after surgery. High protein, high fiber, and gluten-free snacks can help. However, stress reduction through meditation, reading, music, and family support is more effective.
Weight gain is expected but treatable
After breast implant surgery, weight gain is a possible side effect. Fluid retention, swelling, and sedentary behavior are some of the reasons for the extra pounds. In most cases, the weight resolves when the patient is fully recovered. However, a slightly altered diet, stress reduction, and gentle movement can help. Speak with the surgeon about any weight gain concerns for some simple yet effective recommendations.