1 year post op tummy tuck
- updated 9 months ago
Hey everyone I thought I would share a little...
- 1 Feb 2012
- 11 days pre
Hey everyone I thought I would share a little about myself and my reasons for deciding to get a tummy tuck. I'm a single mommy of 2 awesome kidos. I was blessed to have a boy and a girl. But as many of you women know pregnancy can take a major toll on our bodies. Already being the chubby child growing up I always had to work extra hard to keep slim. And even then my abs never looked the way I wish. With my first child I but on 60 + pounds. Very Depressing!!!!:( My son was just about 8 months old when I found out I was pregnant again this time with my girl.I was'nt able to really lose the baby weight till my daugther was about 6 mos old. And then I lost another 150 pounds. "My kids father" :)
Being over weight and losing my figure made me sad, depressed, and even bitter.Now that I have some what of my figure back I am now faced with sagging skin. Not Cute!!! I always new that at some point I would get a tummy tuck. My kids are older now and very self independent. It's mommy time now. I want my body back and some self esteem. I want to look in the mirror and be happy, not depressed. I want to feel on the outside like I feel in the inside. I want to feel confident in my clothes. I just want to feel attractive again. It's been such a long time since I've loved myself.
The unfourtunate part of this journey is I dont have a lot of supporters out there. Most in my family dont agree with me getting plastics. So I have choosen to not tell them when my surgery is. My bestfriend and mother will be with me. I'm less than 2 weeks away and already super nervous!!!! I will not let the negative people around me change my mind on this. I know that this is what I want. And I deserve it!!! I will keep posting updates and later post pictures of this whole process. Thank you to those who have read my blog. Johanna
8 days left and I'm getting all I need my...
- 4 Feb 2012
- 9 days pre
Wow less than 24 hours left for me to go under the...
- 12 Feb 2012
- 1 day pre
I have not updated for a few days now. I'm just...
- 16 Feb 2012
- 3 days post
I'm now 6 days po. Today I've been almost pain...
- 19 Feb 2012
- 6 days post
10 days po op. And everyday I feel more and more...
- 23 Feb 2012
- 10 days post
2 weeks po. And I'm back at work. Some people went...
- 27 Feb 2012
- 14 days post
18 days post op now. This was my first week back...
- 2 Mar 2012
- 18 days post
I have added my 2 weeks po pictures. I appeciate...
- 3 Mar 2012
- 19 days post
24 Days PO: Well Let's see I hav'nt updated in...
- 8 Mar 2012
- 24 days post
Well Let's see I hav'nt updated in awhile. This week has been very interesting. My swelling decided to kick it up a couple notches. Ugh!!! It's quite uncomfortable to say the least. Although I'm healing great the swelling takes from that. Also my back has been very achy. I dont know why either. I have been more busy at work then last week. Or maybe the fact that I'm still slightly hunched. I've always had a great posture. I've been having some palpitations when I do to much. It calms down when I slow down. The funny thing is last week I felt great other than being exhausted and this week I feel like I've taken a few steps back. My monthly is do next week so I can't help but think that the reason I feel so shitty this week is because of that. I normally have symptoms the week before. Anyways I don't want to keep complaining.
On the more positive note the last 3 nights I've been sleeping in my bed. Yaay me! And every night it gets better. I still can't toss n turn like I use too. It's like a process. I have to be careful. I still feel the stretching in my abdomin. It will be nice when I dont wake up just to switch positions. And even better when I can sleep on my tummy.
So I weighed myself a couple days ago and I'm still dropping weight. I got a little nervous cause since my surgery I'm almost down 20 lbs. Not that I mind. But I get nervous that I might alter my ps hard work here. But I asked that question and quit a few ps responded with that it was actually normal. That I'm simply losing water weight. I did have lipo so my body seems to be getting rid of that fluid they inject in you when they do the lipo. So I cant wait to see what my final weight will be when all the water weight, and swelling is over with. I did on the other hand want to lose anywhere between 15-20 more pounds after surgery. But not in my tummy. I have a lot of work on my legs. I'm gonna do my darndest to shape these legs up. Ive always had inner thigh chubbies. So we'll see. I may need lipo to help me shape them up. Now with my new tummy my legs just look more horrible. So now just writing that bit about my thighs I think I will start saving for lipo.
So I took some photos this morming when I'm least swollen. I have a T scar right above my pubis area. That is the scar that actually looks the worst. It's actually all scabbed up. I'm hoping it will look like my thighs scar. I have to admit I'm pretty happy with how low my incision is. An the reason I have the T scar is because I had two belly button piercings. The first time I got my piercing I lost my jewel. I dont even know how it came loose. But it did and I was still in the process of healing. So it closed up very quickly. I then some months later got repierced. And that did'nt go well at all. It kept getting infected. So i took it out. Well it never healed. My ps said that when he did the incision the piercing was'nt even in the right place it was above my belly button. And it was infected. So he had to cut it and clean it out. Yuke! So theres the story on why I have a T scar. And that area is hard and it sticks out a little. I think thats why that part of my tummy to me is such a problem. Well again I appeciate any opinions on my pictures. Over all I think I look awesome compared to my before pictures. Yikes! Until next time my tt friends. xoxo
1 month po. I can't believe its been a month...
- 13 Mar 2012
- 28 days post
I can't believe its been a month already. Time is flying by so fast. I have to admit I knew just how bad I wanted my tt. But one thing I was not prepared for was the emotional roller coaster that comes with this. And even the physical recovery has been crazy. I'm a very active, healthy person. And I had this mind frame that I would be that except that recovers quickly, bounces back fast. I couldn't understand how anyone would have depression. I think that this week I hit my emotional cry. I've been emotional but something is different this week. I look in the mirror and I see myself as fat. I know I'm crazy but I just can't shake these feelings. It's really bringing me down. Ive been pretty pleased with my results and today I'm not so pleased. I've been so swollen and I have noticed when I don't do anything just how flat my tummy looks and I get excited. But not even an hour into the day and I'm swollen as heck. I thought that at 1 month I would start to get some relief. I'm so ready to see my final results. I'm being so inpatient. That I know. And no matter how bad I want it. My body will do it at its own speed. Working out is my escape its my stress reliever. I felt so good about myself after a good workout or getting my ass handed to me in turbo kick class. Lol. I miss that so much. I don't see my ps for another week or so. And he forbid me doing any exercising. I have started walking for 30 min. Not fast and not enough to make my heart rate go up. I have on the other hand broken some perspiration. But very little. I use to drench my shirts and pants in sweat. I hope I get past this depressive feeling. I don't like it.
On a good note I have been completely upright for about 5 days now. It's wierd when I take off my waistnipper I feel I lose my posture and am hunched over slightly. My ps said I didn't need to wear my garment anymore. But it was up to me and how I feel without it. I went one day without it at work and well I haven't done that again. I'm still wearing it. For bed I'm not. Especially now since my swelling has been so bad. Maybe another week or so and I will start to wing myself off it. I will post more updated pictures next week when I'm not so down on myself. I also believe my mood will improve when I'm done with my period and can get cleared for some kind of cardio.
I have realized that I have not told my story about the day of my surgery. I will do so in a few days. I wonder if anyone goes thru this phase at 1 month po. To all the girls that have had there tt happy healing and good luck to all that are going this month and next.
1 month 3 days po. This week was such a tough...
- 15 Mar 2012
- 30 days post
This week was such a tough one. Emotionally that is. I'm so glad to say I'm back on track. Today I had my coworkers cracking up. And yes it still hurts a little to laugh your ass off. In fact I still can't cough or sneeze without it hurting my tummy. I wonder how long that's gonna last. I called my ps today and asked about the stretching feeling I get in the mornings when I wake up. He said its muscle spasms. And not to worry I was'nt gonna damage my muscle repair. I had asked him before at my last appt about sneezing if that would damage anything he laughed at me and said its virtually impossible to break the suturing. Today I choose to not wear my waistnipper and man I look oh about 5 months along. Lol. No kicking yet! Haha j/k. At this point in the swelling all I can do is find humor in it. If u think about it its amazing how are bodies heal how they react when tampered with. I haven't taken any updated pictures cause really nothing has changed. I still look the same as the last ones I put up. This morning when I woke up I was flatter then I've been since this whole process. I was so amazed. I asked my tummy why can't you just stay this way already. Haha. Yea well within the hour I already started to swell. Tomorrow I'm taking my kiddies to seaworld. They don't know yet its a surprise. So shhh girls. Hehe. So I also called my ps to make sure it was ok to do all that walking and even get on there rides. He said all was ok. The only thing is my swelling will most likely be really bad. But that's ok. Anything for my babies. I haven't mentioned them to much on here.
A little bit about my personal life. My son Jacob is 11 years old. Last year he was diagnosed with ADD. He takes 1 medication for it. It's only while he's in school. It helps him with the attention deficit. But to be honest he's my Jacob I wouldn't have it any other way. It's what makes him. He such a handsome boy. He's already girl crazy. Lord help me. My daughter Aaliyah is 10 yrs old. Shes mini me. Omg! Haha. We have such a special bond. She already showing her motherly instincts. She's bossy and mouthy, has a smart ass attitude, but she's also soo loving, smart, and beautiful, she looks out for me and her big brother. I was blessed big time with these two kids. Gods Good! And they both have been very understanding while I have been healing. So that's while I wanted to surprise them tomorrow. The've never been there. So I'm giddy with excitement.
So yesterday I chose to buy mederma to start applying to my scar. So we'll see how that works. I looked for silicone strips at Walmart but they said I would have to purchase those online. I've heard nothing but good stuff about them. I'm gonna try other stores first before I go online to purchase. My healing process has been pretty smooth. Other then swelling my scar is super low and thin. I have nice curves now. I tried on one of my corsets that I bought from Fredricks of Hollywood. And I looked sexy. Wow, a month ago those words would not have come out of my mouth.
I still have a lot of numbness in my tummy and the areas I had lipo. But I've pretty much gotten use to it. Sometimes I feel tingling in my back and from what I've read its normal it my nerves. I actually look forward to those tingling feelings cause to me its a sign that the feeling there is coming back. I'm still not cleared to do any exercise. But hopefully at the next appt he will release me to cardio. I will just continue to put my feet up and chillax and watch my fav shows friends, cold case, and criminal minds. :) ok well I will post later on how a day at the theme park went. Wish me luck with the swelling. Lol
A mini update Went to seaworld with my kidos...
- 18 Mar 2012
- 1 month post
Went to seaworld with my kidos and best friend. So much fun. But man was I uncomfortable the whole day. Because I knew I was gonna swell big time I wore my bigger jeans. There still a size down than what I use to wear. Although they were not tight on me the swelling was so bad I felt extremely tight the whole day. I knew this would happen. So Saturday I chose to lay very low. But I've been feeling so guilty lately. I haven't been eating to healthy. Starting Sunday its back to salads and slimfast. I lost 20 lbs during this whole process and I am not about to put it back on. I did get on the Atlantis ride that seaworld has and I did get the ok by my ps but I have to admit I was a little nervous getting on a fast ride. I wasn't sure how my tummy was gonna feel. And well yea it didn't feel to good. It didn't hurt. But I felt myself tense up a lot and I would feel weird in my tummy. My daughter wanted to get on again but I had to pass this time. I did promise to go on it again with her next time we go. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Xoxo
5 weeks 3 days, So I had my follow up appt...
- 22 Mar 2012
- 1 month post
So I had my follow up appt today. Over all It went well. I brought up a concern that I ve had this week. Actually i noticed this since my first post op appt. On my rt side of abdomin there is a crease like fat is there. I started obsessing over it. When I swell its more noticable. I'm posting two pictures of it. My left side is nice and smooth and you can see my curve. My ps said it was an easy fix. He can lipo that area in his own office. I'm assuming no charge. I did ask about how much but he said they would do it right there in the office so I would'nt have to worry about fee's. My friend said he most likely would'nt charge since It's an area I'm unhappy with. And I did bring that issue up before. Oh and I also have brought up my lower pooch in the past appt. He had mentioned lipo there too but I'm unsure if that part is also done in the office and free of charge. I mean I would expect it to be that way cause I'm paying all this money to not be 100% happy. Uh I dont think so!! Over all I have to admit he did do an awesome job on me. I mean compare my before pictures to my after and it's a huge transformation. My ps showed me my before pictures and how I had more fat deposits on my rt side then left, he said he was'nt sure why I had more fat on one side than the other. But you could clearly see it and even more on my back side. Also I did'nt have lipo of my abdomin so there you go. But now I have to wait till I'm more healed before he does lipo. I have my next follow up in a month. So I'm crossing my fingers he will do lipo then. You can see my curves but its just not as defined on my rt like it is on my left. Again this is where patience comes in. And I might add I'm not a very patient person. lol. And more swelling and recovery. Man the price we pay for beauty.haha Still I'm super excited about my new tummy. I've finally been released to cardio. He said at 6 wks I can go back to the gym. But to please listen to my body. I'm not at the 6 wk mark just yet so for right now I'm aloud to walk and break some sweat. Yaaay. Man I am just excited to start toning myself up. SOOOOO Pumped. Needless to say I walked out of the office so happy. I will have that part of my tummy fixed. It's not like a super big flaw or anything but it's noticable. I'm just glad its a quick fix. And I have I mentioned the office staff. Sooo so pretty and nice. More like knock out babes and total sweethearts. I will def have other work done with him. Like lipo of my thighs. But thats in the future.
So today I notice when I woke up in the morning I was super itchy along my incision. I just rub it and it helps a little. Just means I'm still healing. :) I still feel stretching of my abdomin and soreness of my muscle repair. but not enough for me to take even tylenol. All is well my energy is about 80% back. I think once I get back to the swing of things at the gym my energy levels will sky rocket. Ive maintained my weight now. I have'nt put any on, thank god! I would on the other hand like to lose another 15 lbs or so maybe 20. We will see. I'm pretty confident I will lose it.
Ive also noticed that when I'm out an about I get stared at a lot. lol. Uh awkward!! But it feels good to turn heads once again. Maybe now with this new found confidence I will find Mr right. Ok ladies I'm post some new pictures. xoxo. Till the next update. Hope all are well.
6 wks 2 days, The weeks are passing and things...
- 28 Mar 2012
- 1 month post
The weeks are passing and things keep improving. Monday I woke up to a super flat tummy. It was even caved in. Wow! I was totally digging that. But as usual by mid day I looked about 3-4 months along. lol I'm happy to say my lower pooch as really gone down a lot. I noticed it at work. Funny thing, I'm constantly checking my tummy out. Especially when in front of a mirror. It's like an obsession. haha.
So I started working out this week. And boy am I paying for it. Yes my swelling has gotten better but my ps warned me that when i started working out I was gonna swell up even more. And he was right. But I dont care. Im finally working out. Now if only I can control my appetite. Ugh! I swear I have no willpower to yummy food. Luckely my weight has been stable I fluctuate between 1-2 pounds, not bad I think. I just need to constantly remind myself what hell I just put my body thru. I'm not eating terrible but not super healthy either. Now I'm on a mission to drop 10 pounds. Maybe more but for now lets start with ten.
I have not yet gone shopping really. I bought a dress today for my sisters church ceremony on saturday. I was a size 16 ladies. Thats right a freaken 16. Now I'm a 12. Yaaaay. And my goal is to get to a size 10. I think I can achieve that. I did try on a tight fitted racerback dress. And man it was curves galore!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was awesome. I just stared at myself in disbelief. But I did notice one thing and that was my pubic area is still pooching out. It's were the incision is that still pooching out. The dress was fairly tight tho. And unless your staring at my vajaja you would'nt even notice it. I do cause well lets face it we notice everything about our bodies. But I do wonder how long until that area goes down. Anyway I have not yet gone shopping because I would like to drop a few more pounds. But also I'm expecting extra money in a few weeks and plan on shopping with that. I have yet to go thru my closet. I will do that after I have done some shopping. So excited tho. It was nice to put on a dress and there was no tummy there making it look awful. I will post pictures of me all dolled up this weekend. Till then Happy healing to all. xoxo
7 wks 1 day Things are pretty much starting to...
- 3 Apr 2012
- 2 months post
Things are pretty much starting to stablize. On a normal day with normal activity my swelling is not as intense as before. But my body does have its way of telling me when I've consumed to much food. lol Man my stomach feels so tight and it's soooo uncomfortable. My sister had toca man on saturday and I lovvvveeee taco man. I ate 4 tacos and rice. And I consumed alcohol for the first time in months. I just wanted to enjoy myself and not let things get in the way. But man when I got home my body was literatly yelling at me. I came to work yesterday expecting to be at least a few pounds heavier and to my pleasant surprise I did'nt but a pound on. man I dodged a big one there. lol.
So yesterday I started my diet I would like to lose 10 pounds by the end of the month. I've been able to lose 13 pounds in 2 wks so I know I can do it. Exercise wise I'm still pretty limited. I've done some lite jogging and at work I started walking during my lunch. I also have added in arm exercises I have 5lbs weights so I've done that. I have chubby arms and would like to tone them up. Today I hope to start my Zumba videos. Ive been on the fence about doing them. I may call my ps to make sure it's ok.
Ok so tummy wise I still feel a lot of strtching and pulling especially when I'm super swollen. The incisios dont hurt at all but I do feel burning sensations at time. The spasms in my tummy in the mornings is not as bad anymore but still there. And I'm still numb in the areas that I had lipo. Ive been using Mederma for scar treatment even tho my ps said I really didn't need it. My T incision is actually getting better and lighter. I'm actually gonna try silicone scar cream this week. I hope that will work better then the mederma. Along my incision I still have what seems like a knotted rope inside me. I do meassge the area a lot. I hope it gets better soon,I know it will take some time tho. Ugh. I do notice the incision changes color. At time it looks like my skin color and other slight purplish, and sometime pink/redish. Wierd!!!! But I did read a ps say that the incision would change colors thru out the first few months.
Energy levels!!!! Still very from day to day. I feel like myself but my mind is way ahead of my body. Over all this has been a tough but very rewarding experience for me. If anyone if on the fence about doing this for themselves then stop and and think about how happy your gonna be. There is nothing selfish about wanting to make yourself happy. Everyone says you have to be happy within yourself before making someone else happy. We will have people that will not agree with the reasons why your doing it. And everyone is entitled to there own opinion. I knew how a lot of my family members felt about me doing this and even came up with there conculsions as to why I did this. And even after I've explained my reasons it seemed as if they made up there mind and no matter what I said they had already formed there opinion. And to be honest I'm just to damn happy now to care. Thats my honest opinion. haha!!! Till the next update. xoxo
P.s sorry for all my typos thru out my blog....
- 3 Apr 2012
- 2 months post
Happy Easter to all my tt amigas! Just a day shy...
- 8 Apr 2012
- 2 months post
9 wks 3 days UGH!!! REALLY!!!! So had my ps...
- 19 Apr 2012
- 2 months post
So had my ps appt today. And looks like I'm gonna be having a small revision done. But not till I'm about 6 mos post op. I have a hard lump at the end of my T scar. I message it daily and it wont give. So my ps said it was scar tissue due to the T scar. He said it may go down some, but most likely he will have to remove it surgically. GREAT!!!!! And I'm having small lipo on my rt side in a month along with some lipo to my lower abdomen. That I expected tho. I'm glad he has agreed to do it free of charge. But the revision I know I'm gonna have to pay facility fee and anesthesia. MAN!!! Not to mention my BB is now having some issues. At the botton of the BB it looks like I have a small keloid. But its not, apparently I have a small stitch working it's way out. He said it would either dissolve itself or my body would push it out. But he also mention that if my BB doesnt get better we may have to do some injections. But the best part of today was my car decided to start having major electrical issue. I went to get gas just before my appt and it just wouldn't start. It's been having some minor issues and my brother in law has been trying to figure out how to fix it without me blowing all this money. But now the issue has gotten bigger. Even after it started, again after my ps appt it did it again. So now my brother in law is looking into how much it's going to cost me to replace the electrical part that needs to be fixed. I'm so close to paying my car off. Man I'm just so irratated. My car is only 7 yrs old. Ive had it for 5. UGH!!! Ok I'm done venting!!! For Now!!
Ok for the good news. My swelling has gone down so much. I still swell more in my lower belly but that is expected. My hips have gone down. And the reason I say that is because my smaller size scrub pants that I wear for work use to be tight at the hips and now it's not. I wake up super flat and now remain that way for most of the day. But yes towards the evening I swell but not so much. I'll take this swelling over the swell hell I was in weeks 3-5. I'm loving my new bod. Other then the minor issues that will be fixed soon enough. I still feel the stretching and tightness in my belly. I've asked before if others still feel it, and they do, so I'm guessing it's normal. It doesn't hurt tho. Ive been exercising and focusing on my lower body a lot. I bought the Brazilian Butt Lift Videos to help with shaping my ass and inner thighs. And those videos are NO JOKE! Man OUCH!!! lol. No new pictures to post just yet. Maybe next update. But till then xoxo
10weeks and some days, I tell ya I'm starting...
- 25 Apr 2012
- 2 months post
I tell ya I'm starting to lose track of the weeks. Ok so I caved, I started back at the gym today. And man did it feel good. I pretty much did everything I normally did before the surgery. Except for cardio I did 35 min instead of my regular 45-50min. And the resistance was only at level 8 instead of level 10. But I did'nt want to force myself to do more and end up hurting myself. I wanted to stick to the new videos I bought a few weeks ago but I have been dieting and have not lost 1 single pound. I'm getting very frustrated with that. So pretty much I figured it has to be my lack of cardio. I no longer need to lose weight in the tummy area so I'm also thinking that now it's only gonna get that much harder for me to lose 10 freaken pounds. Since where I want to lose weight now is all in my thighs. I did do ab workout today but I took it very slow and it was fine. Felt so nice to workout my upper body. Ive been focusing on my lower body for the last few weeks. The only thing now is I need to buy new workout clothes. Darn!!! lol
I went out dancing with friends last weekend and I was able to finally wear my smallest pair of jeans. I loved how I looked. I dont want to sound conceded but the attention I got that night was crazy. And I felt so confident. I had men approaching me telling me how beautiful I was. Just sooo crazy. I had fun and dancing was not an issue. I was moving all over the place and my tummy didn't bother me one bit. And I did'nt even swell that much. Infact I dont swell that bad at all any more. Thank god!! But I am getting touch up lipo in a few weeks so. I'll be swelling once again. But my ps said it would'nt be as bad as before. I dont even need a binder so yaay!!!
Ok so again no new pictures. Nothing has changed really. I will try to take some new ones tho this weekend. Till next time!!!! xoxo
Wow I have not updated in like forever it seems....
- 11 May 2012
- 3 months post
* weird* not wired. Damn so called smart phone. Lol
- 11 May 2012
- 3 months post
Ok so I got my touch up lipo today. My palms were...
- 14 May 2012
- 3 months post
I'm a little over 5 mos po op and I pretty much...
- 26 Jun 2012
- 4 months post
New pictures! Not sure how many weeks or months I...
- 19 Jul 2012
- 5 months post
Well well its been a mintue since I've updated. 7...
- 15 Sep 2012
- 7 months post
I ment I want to drop 10 more pounds not 1. :)
- 15 Sep 2012
- 7 months post
10 months I think I was off by a month on my last...
- 8 Dec 2012
- 10 months post
1 year post op..... It's been a year since my...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 1 year post
It's been a year since my tummy tuck. Still no regrets. I waited a year to find out if I would get any feeling back on my lower tummy. And the answer is no!!! It's not as numb as before but it's like more on the surface like the first layer of skin. Since the holidays I've gained 10 pounds!!!! Yes, 10 pounds and its been so hard to lose just 1 pound of it. I workout a lot. But as always my problem is'nt the exercise it's my diet. But I refuse to let anymore weight pile on. Ok now that all is healed and my tummy is cute and flat I've had a new obsession. Now I want to get a cute tattoo on my lower tummy. Not sure what. But something that will cover up my T scar. Oh and yea I've been checking out the navel piercings. I am a little reluctant about the piercing thou cause I had it before surgery and it migrated out. Then I got it repierced and when I took it out it never healed hence the T scar now. So I dont know. Anyone have any advise??? I do think it would look so adorable.. Ok so if and when I do decide on the piercing I'll post new pics. Hope everyone is doing well.
He has such great bedside manner. He answered all my questions. And even when the office was closed I was still able to contact him with any worries.