What are the Best Foods to Eat After Tummy Tuck?

Pregnancy and weight loss can leave you with unwanted excess skin that diet and exercise can not tighten. If you struggle with excess or sagging skin that leaves you frustrated and less confident, a tummy tuck may be the solution. 

How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat to give a slimmer and sculpted appearance to the abdomen. A tummy tuck may be paired with liposuction to achieve even better results.

During a tummy tuck, Dr. Brenman will make an incision across the lower abdomen, ensuring it is as low as possible so you can easily hide it when wearing clothing or a swimsuit. He will then remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles that can become loose after pregnancy or weight gain. 

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What are the Best Foods to Eat After a Tummy Tuck?

Your diet after a tummy tuck will be an essential part of your recovery. After a tummy tuck, you should focus on eating plenty of protein as protein helps to repair skin and muscles. You should incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet and drink plenty of water. Try to avoid foods with high sugar content and foods that may cause bloating. 

Recommended foods include:

  • Protein like fish, chicken, eggs, beans
  • Dairy products like cheese and yogurt
  • Grains
  • Leafy Greens
  • Avocado
  • Pineapple and papaya

What is Recovery Like From a Tummy Tuck?

After a tummy tuck, Dr. Brenman recommends you take at least two to three weeks off work or longer if your work is labor intensive. During recovery, you must avoid strenuous activities such as vigorous exercise and lifting heavy objects. 

You may require assistance with your daily tasks for the first few days of your recovery. After four to six weeks of recovery, Dr. Brenman will assess if you are ready to return to your usual activities. If you have any questions or concerns during recovery, be sure to reach out to Dr. Brenman so he can address them. 

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What Results Can I Expect From a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck can be an excellent solution for individuals looking to achieve a slimmer and more toned appearance for their abdomen. A tummy tuck can make the abdomen appear smoother and flatter, as well as more toned because of the repaired abdominal muscles and removal of fat. The results of a tummy tuck are permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. 


This visit was a pleasure! Dr. Brenman thoroughly explained my options and did seem rushed. He answered all my questions and made me comfortable with making my decision. Gina was friendly and helpful in facilitating scheduling etc. I feel confident in my choice.
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Want to learn more about tummy tucks? Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Scott Brenman at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please call (267) 687-2180, and our staff will gladly offer you a convenient appointment in the near future.

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