I know that it’s hard to believe, but I’ve been two months post-op on my tummy tuck. It’s been a long journey to get here, and I’m so glad that the first part of this journey is over. Now, it’s time to start healing and getting back on track with my life.
I’ve had a lot of trials throughout this process. The first was being told by a nurse at the hospital that I would have to stay longer than expected because I had developed clots in my legs (up until this point, I had no idea what a clot was). It took me some time to realize that these clots were not going away anytime soon, so I decided to get them checked out at an urgent care clinic. Turn out, they were deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms (PE) from my surgery. Luckily, they were not fatal and could be treated with medications.
The next trial came when I went home after 5 days of being stuck in the hospital with two IV drips going into both arms—one for antibiotics and one for Lovenox (a blood thinner). My incision was not healing properly because it was too big for my body.
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2 months post op tummy tuck
ABDOMINOPLASTY TWO MONTHS POST OP
It has officially been two months since I had my skin removal and Diastatis Recti surgery. I’ve had so many messages inquiring about how recovery and healing is going. I haven’t really been talking about it much because I don’t really think about it much. I feel back to normal which is great! https://64b998aafbb1d01c78713f91d3751bca.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
There are a few minor things that I’ve had to deal with. A little nerve damage on the upper outside part of my left thigh which is repairing itself, thankfully. My scar is a little lopsided because my body is literally lopsided. lol My spine is out of alignment and my left hip is taller than my right hip. This is not because of the surgery but I notice it more now because my scar highlights it. (If you know of a good chiropractor in the Palm Dessert, CA/Palm Springs, CA area feel free to shout them out below.)
My scar is also a little higher than I would have preferred. It sticks out above most of my bikini bottoms but I’m short and I have a very short torso so I don’t believe that there was much to be done about that. I’m still experiencing a bit of swelling, especially when I have an active day or I make poor food choices. Swelling is expected for the first 6 months and can persist for the first year so all of these things are totally normal! My scar is still very purple and very noticeable but I have full confidence that it will become a thin white line as time goes on.
I no longer have the post surgery hunch and can completely straighten my spine and torso. The back pain that I lived with daily before is still 100% gone and is by far the thing I am most thankful for.
I haven’t really lost any weight because of the surgery. They actually tell you in pre-op that you usually don’t see a big shift in the scale after skin removal so I wasn’t expecting to lose weight. The doctor removed 4 pounds of excess skin but the post surgery swelling didn’t allow me to see that on the scale. Since surgery I’ve been eating very clean, with the exception of a few trips, and have participated in a couple different Instant Loss DietBets where I’ve been able to maintain my weight.
I have never once regretted having the surgery. I was so nervous about it before but it’s truly one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, mainly, because it healed me of my chronic pain. But I also have to acknowledge the extra pep in my step and little boost of confidence it’s given me too.
I still have a lot of extra skin. Losing 125 pounds, half your body weight, will do that to a person.
My thighs are the biggest culprit.
I also have some on my back above my bottom, my bottom, breasts, and arms but that’s okay. It’s normal and I’m happy to leave well enough alone.