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Gaining weight or having the feeling of putting on a few pounds following a procedure can be a concern for many patients but there is often a simple reason for this.
1. Bloating due to medication
Bloating is a common side effect of the antibiotics and pain relief medication that you receive following surgery. It can affect people in different ways but some patients explain that they often struggle with bowel movement or lose their appetite. This can make the body retain water hence the feeling or look of being bloated. This will subside following the first 1 - 2 weeks post surgery.
2. Weight of Implants (if Breast Augmentation)
Following surgery you will notice when weighing yourself that breast implants will add extra weight. For example, a 500cc implant will roughly be the equivalent to 500 grams. After your procedure you will have gained roughly a kilo (but all in the right places).
3. Lack of Physical Activity
Patients that are very active and exercise more than once a week can gain weight during the recovery period. Your surgeon will advise that you must refrain from physical exercise for the first six weeks following surgery. You are then able to introduce yourself back into physical activities at beginner’s level to gain strength and fitness without causing injury or discomfort. Despite this, light walks are recommended during recovery to encourage circulation and prevent DVT.
- If you weigh 8 stone, you can burn approximately 60 calories per mile walking.
- If you weigh 10 stone, you can burn approximately 90 calories per mile walking.
- If you weigh 14 stone, you can burn approximately 120 calories per mile walking.
- If you weigh 17 stone, you can burn approximately 150 calories per mile walking.*
It is important to ensure you have a healthy diet to assist with healing, but often patients crave sugar based foods or carbohydrates while resting or healing and if not eaten in moderation, can result in weight gain.