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Month-by-Month Diary Post Tummy Tuck

  • 3 years ago

I recorded my month by month feelings, thoughts and experiences which I lived through the first eight months post op. Not all pretty, but truthful.
Month one:
1. Oh hell what did I do? Why did I do this to myself????
2. Wish I could poop already…..and this gas is killing me. Come on, poop already… 
3. This really hurts. When will it end? 
4. Is all of this swelling normal? And will it ever end?
5. My tummy is so flat and I love it.
6. I can’t take a deep breath. I am stitched up so tight that it scares me. Having panic attacks here.
7. My tummy and hips are so swollen ☹
8. My pubic area looks a little freaky. So puffy and not normal.
9. Rollercoaster of emotions. I am up one minute and crying the next.
10. I wonder if my jeans fit yet…NOT!
11. Started using the Palmers Oil at two weeks post OP. It feels wonderful and smells amazing.
12. The hospital bed that I rented had to go back at two weeks. So I had to try and get comfy on our bed. What a nightmare; I had so many pillows in the bed that I almost didn’t have room for the hubby. And we have a king size bed. Poor man was hanging on the edge. And then to top it all off our 85-pound lab wanted to sleep in the bed with us. Geez…
13. I don’t want to go back to work!
14. I went back to work at 3 ½ weeks post op and it was really hard. Swelling, swelling and more swelling – as I call it SWELL HELL. By noon I looked like the Michelin Man. And tired…whoa.
15. Wow where did the first four weeks go???
16. I am so sick of wearing these spandex Capri pants and hoodies. I want normal clothes but nothing fits.
17. I feel like I am going to get fat because I am not exercising.
18. I can’t eat any sodium heavy foods. It makes me puff up like crazy.
19. I am not able to eat very much. I eat about a half cup of food and I am full. Ok so this is bad how??? This is a dream come true.
20. I dropped seven pounds in my first month post op.
Month two:
1. I have been back to work two weeks now and it is getting easier. Still have swelling by noon but not as tight and painful.
2. Bought some sexy spanx to wear to work. They provide some support but will not squeeze the hell out of me.Thought I was going to have to jump off the roof to get in them though.
3. Hello the playground is back open for recess! Happy hubby…so happy! Go easy here girls; you wouldn’t want to pop anything. Besides this may be the first exercise you have had in weeks.
4. Love my tummy. Not having the double muffin top is amazing.
5. Darn my clothes size has not dropped. I am the same as before surgery. Well minus the muffin top.
6. I want to shop for clothes but the clothes I have still don’t fit. Wish this swelling would end.
7. I am popping sutures like crazy. Starts out looking like a pimple on the incision line and then explodes within a day. I clean them with hydrogen peroxide and they close up fine. This has happened in four spots.
8. Started sleeping on my side again…YAHOO! I am not a back sleeper and this just about killed me.
9. Started back at the gym doing light treadmill. It feels great to be getting some exercise again.
10. Still need to stay away from the processed foods and soda. They do not do your body any good.
11. The tightness and pulling from the belly button down is driving me nuts. It hurts!
12. I continue to be a little weepy, but not sure why.
Month Three:
1. The swelling continues to bother me!
2. Clothes are actually fitting me now and I am down a pant size. Now down from a size 10 to an 8.
3. Love the flat tummy and cute little belly button.
4. Picking up the pace a little bit at the gym and it feels great. Although I do swell after every workout. Sleeping better though after a good workout.
5. I continue to swell when eating the wrong foods.
6. The pulling and tightness from the belly button down is easing up. I do feel it but it is better.
7. Tummy is still numb which feels very creepy.
8. Sleeping well and loving the results.
9. Popped two more sutures! My body just spits these things out.
10. Bought my first bikini and love it! I felt really strange wearing it in public. Have to get used to that one. Just need to build the confidence a little.
11. Everything in my closet now fits and with room to spare.
12. I tried to do a nice stretch in bed this morning but it felt as if I was going to pop right open. Not such a good idea.
Month Four:
1. Oh when will this swelling end…enough already!
2. I am feeling really good and noticing the changes in my body more and more every month. It is amazing to watch the shape take place. Just when you don’t think it will get any better it does!
3. The size 8‘s are feeling a little baggy now! YAHOO.
4. So glad I did this for myself.
5. Bought my second bikini!! I am a little addicted to this shopping thing now.
6. Victoria’s Secret is my new favorite place to shop.
Month Five:
1. Where have the weeks gone! Yet I still swell….hmm.
2. Kicking it up a little more in the gym. Still no Ab work.
3. Not sure why but my hips look a little bigger.
4. If I ask my hubby one more time if my butt looks big he will slap me. OCD on my part.
5. Down another pant size! I am now in a size 6 petite. Amazing to me.
6. Shopping, shopping, and more shopping! Love the Victoria’s Secret runs. You can do some serious damage to your account. I never knew they had so many pretty bra and panty sets…and the colors!
7. You will love the new body so much that you will want to run around the house naked all the time. Be mindful if you have children…mainly teenagers. The last thing a teenage boy wants to see is his mom’s naked body. Oooh it just might burn his eyes out.
Month Six:
1. Yahoo! I made it to six months and will be cleared for some Ab work at the gym.
2. Swelling is very minimal now.
3. I continue to have the numbness in the tummy. They say that can take up to a year to come back so we will see.
4. I did some more shopping and now in all 4’s and 6 petites. CRAZY….
5. I can’t stress enough how you need to be very careful with the diet. The only way to keep the new body is to keep the weight off. If you gain you will end up with the saggy tummy again. I am not ever going there again.
6. Had my six month post op and Dr. King cleared me for AB work. He asked that I go slow for the next six months. My trainer put me on a modified Ab program to ease me back into it. He also took my six month pictures and I am totally amazed.
Month Seven:
1. Swelling is gone! Party time….I was able to clean my entire house, do 9 loads of laundry and keep going for 7 hours. NO SWELLING.
2. Need to stay on the diet and increase the exercise to the next level. I am now back at it full swing and hard core. I am going to the gym 5 times a week for about 1 to 1.5 hours each time.
3. The only complaint I have is that my pubic area is a little puffy. Not exactly how I want it to look. I am going to see my doc in January for my 9-month check and will ask what he can do about that.
4. I have kept up all these months with the lotions, creams and oils for the scar and it looks really good. Persistence with this is a must.
Month Eight:
1. Oh the holiday bliss! Dreadful with the food. I am going to work hard on keeping the weight off so that I don’t have a depressing January.
2. Keeping up at the gym and working hard. Working on the six-pack abs.
3. Love my new body and the fact that I can walk into a store and slide into most anything on the rack. Everything looks great now.
4. Still having the OCD about the hips and booty. Are we ever happy and is it ever enough?
5. This entire process has been wonderful and I am happy that I did it. It was darn hard for several weeks but now that I am healed I am totally happy.
6. The tummy is still numb which is a strange feeling.
7. Yesterday the end of my scar was itching like crazy all day. Well last night I noticed what looked like a little pimple at the end of the incision line. The darn thing erupted and it was a pretty good size knot of suture. After eight months my body spit that darn thing out…what the heck? I cleaned it and it looks fine today.
8. I am looking forward to my island vacation in April. As a present to myself my hubby and I are going on an 8-day trip to the southern Caribbean. Maybe renew our wedding vows on the beach and just relax. Oh yes and there will be a new bikini or two for this trip.
I have had several people ask me how I stay motivated and keep the weight off. Well I assure you that it is no easy task. It is a daily work in progress and no easy answer. Just watch your calories, exercise and keeping my chunky pictures in sight at all times helps motivate me. It is a reminder of how I never want to look again. Notice how the list shrinks a little more each month?? Well it does get better and better each month. You will become a little less crazy over the whole process as time goes by. The next time I take new pictures will be at 12 months. It should be interesting. Good luck ladies and just hang in there and keep pushing along. This is the best present you could ever give yourself.  If you have any questions feel free to ask me kimmers25

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I chafe this bookmarked and come here weekly to re-read everything and see the new comments. I was 7 epwe ems postoperative thus Wednesday. I still feel like I maybe doing to much when I have a long weekend of running around with family. I am still tender to the touch, hurt when I move certain ways, have bouts of terrible abdominal tightness and some pain do wen my midline. I assume the midline pain is from the muscle repair. I waffle back and forth between being happy with what I see and thinking it should look better. It looks really good in the morning but by afternoon, it seems bigger. I thank you for this blog as it gives me hope for light at the end of the tunnel!
That should apostasy have not chafed! And 7 weeks post op. Ugh autocorrect.
I am happy to hear this forum is so helpful for you:)
10 days post op and I think I should be better healed by now.... I realize now I need to be more patient....thank you!
Thank you so much for this. I just had my tt with lipo exactly 2 weeks ago. Already had my drains out and no bruising. Yes swelling but just where the stitches are but I'm so extremely happy with the results even the swelling doesn't bother me at all. I get the food part because one day i had alot of sodium and i felt like i was going to bust out my stitches.I know that there is going to be swelling for a while and I won't be able to do much but at the end I do still it is the best decision I have made for myself and I absolutely love the works at my doctor did for me. I am a professional hair stylist and I'm actually going back to work in 2 days so I'm going back to work 16 post op surgery so hopefully the swelling won't be too bad but the girls at work so that they will help me with my clients. Good luck to everybody and I do feel lazy I do wish I could go back to the gym already but within the two weeks and I have been post op I have lost 11 pounds thank you so much for your story and it did let me know what I am looking forward to and to be more cautious.
I am glad to hear you are doing do well.  Go slow with the return to work and just listen to your body.  You will do great.
Thank you for this. Same as so many commenters here, I'm at 9 weeks and the swelling is depressing and frustrating. I wish they'd tell you this, before the procedure, just to set expectations.
I know this is rough:(
Hold on and I promise life will get back to normal.  Try not to think about it so much.  This will cause stress and then slow the healing process.  
I am at five and a half weeks and I'm with you regarding the swelling. I had no idea it was going to be this extreme for such a long period of time.
You can do this ladies:)
THIS WAS VERY VERY HELPFUL. i'm 7 weeks post op and was feeling depressed because I'm not seeing the results the way I'd hoped.
Thank you for this! I am 6 days post op, just skin removal and muscle tightening, no lipo.. Guess I have quite a high pain tolerance than most. Up walking around the first day!! Can't wait to get back to the gym!! Thank you for a positive post about TT!!!
I'm 8 days post op, had my first check up and was able to see my tummy. Tubes did not come out due to too much swelling and bruising still. Not able to stand up straight yet. When they took my sponge guard off and garment for me to take a peek, I was over whelmed. Even with the swelling and bruises, I cried tears of joy. No regrets!
You are doing fantastic.  Go easy on yourself for a while even if you are feeling great.  ALlow that body to heal.  Glad to have you here with us.
thank you so much for this post. I have been wondering what this journey will be like for the first few months ( I am 2 weeks post op). I am worried about gaining weight during the recovery time before I'm cleared to exercise.
Keep your diet clean, watch your calorie intake and drink your water.  This will help with the weight maintenance.  Also do some walking:)

You will be fine in the short term.
Thank you so much for writing that post. I am almost in tears with relief. I am 12 weeks post op and am having lots of pulling and tightness from belly button down not to mention the numbness. I felt like a freak with everyone who received their TTs when I did are doing so much better. It is nice to know that I have hope that things will continue to improve. I have even been worried that my doctor pulled everything too tight! Thanks again and you look great!
Oh you will be fine.  Some of us just take longer to heal is all.  You are still pretty early in the healing process and it can take up to a full year for total results.  Hold on and you will get there..
4 weeks & 2 days post op - saw consultant again today - apart from post op swelling all is well & actually got the go ahead to start running again! Whoop whoop I can't wait to run - elated doesn't come close to how I felt after this news! He said to start using cream or oil now for scar - got some bio oil - is this best to use? X
Glad to hear you are doing so well.  Yes, start using the Bio Oil 2 times a day.  Firm circular massage on all scars.  
I'm 10 days post op. Just had a proper look at my tummy. There is a line running from my belly button to my tummy tuck scar. This was not agreed in my consultation, will this be a permanent scar??? Can anyone offer any advice? Thanks x
I am 3 weeks post op & have been crying all night - feel really low! Swell hell is frightening and not being able to run is really bringing my mood to an all time low! So use to being a positive active person & the keep resting thing is driving me nutty especially as I have a 6yr old son & 13 month old daughter - I know I need to rest more but I can't sit still! Mobility is really good & pain is getting so much better but swell hell is making me feel like a freak! Thank you for posting the diary - it gives me light at the end of the tunnel Michelle - UK x
I know how you feel. I too is active and sitting around is driving me nuts! I'm glad I read this month to month progress bc it helps alot.
I am now 34 days away from my tummy tuck and lipo. Of course sitting around and waiting, I have now gain a few pounds. I'm not at my goal but Im ready to put this mess of a tummy behind me. This site has been very helpful and had eased my fears.
Yesterday was 6 weeks post op for me. Feeling much better until I went to work today. I'm an RN and work 12 hr shifts. Needless to say, by 4:00 I was somewhat hunched over and I look 3 months pregnant from the swelling. I saw my PS last Friday and he again assured me that my swelling is normal and I have no fluid buildup, it just takes time, could be 6 mos to a year. Other than the swelling and soreness, I'm still glad I did this. Good luck to all of you waiting for your surgery. It's not a cake walk but my self esteem has already improved. I'm just very impatient and super excited to see the end results :)