Today I went for my second follow up appointment since my tummy tuck so I thought today would be a great day to share how I am feeling post surgery about my procedure.
For those that only follow me on my blog you may not know that my operation went great. The doctor and I had discussed what type of tummy tuck I was going to have ahead of time because for the best results he was recommending the fleur de lis type so that he could bring my skin in as tight as possible to give me that nice tight waist again. This decision meant that I would likely have a scar down the center of my abdomen which you can see from my picture I decided to go with. This gave me the best results that I was looking for. What I didn’t know is that while he was in there he gave me a gift. The procedure that was covered my MSP was only to remove the excess skin that was causing the rashes (and mental anguish) but he for no cost to me (or MSP) also reattached or rebuilt my abdominal muscles. Apparently this is a huge additional cost usually but he felt after all the hard work I had done that I deserved to have that flat tummy I had worked so hard for. I can safely say that my surgeon is the nicest man alive. There is no way I could have ever afforded to have this done on my own so to have this gift done for me means so much to me. All those dollars I have spent on physio etc. to try and work on issues related to having a weak core will be no more once I can get back at my fitness.
Having this procedure done does mean that I can do nothing with my core, and I mean nothing, for 8 weeks so I am taking that very serious as without him doing that apparently I would have had tight skin over a popped belly because all the damage of 20+ years of obesity had stretched those muscles so bad that the results from this surgery would have been far less spectacular.
I am still swollen and the stitches are still very visible but I feel absolutely amazing. After my first appointment post surgery he told me I could now shower so I waited until the next morning to do so. It was the best feeling ever. I bet I stood in front of that mirror for 10 minutes staring at myself. It is so weird how much this procedure has changed my bodies shape. I didn’t know I still had curvy hips because my stomach skin hanging over kind of hid what was really all there since my weight loss. I am in awe right now. Every morning I am so excited to take my abdominal binder off so I feel the water on my flat belly and then get out of the shower and just look at myself. LOL I know, I am sounding obsessed, but I kind of am right now. Even though I am still swollen the results are already so obvious to me, I can’t help but stare. I think I am truly getting to enjoy the rewards now of my weight loss. Aside from my wings (arms), I think I can now really look at myself and love my body. It’s weird that losing 205lbs didn’t give me that alone but that extra skin was really hard to live with. I love me. ❤
Next week I go see him again and he will be removing a tape that is over my stitches to help protect them. I can’t wait to see what I am going to look like as the swelling goes down and stitches disappear. So excited!
A huge special thank you to my family and my mom for taking such good care of me and keeping up with my house work for me. I would be lost without the love, help and support of my family. ❤