Before I even had children a decade ago I knew...
Before I even had children a decade ago I knew genetics was not on my side to keep my flat tummy. My husband and I agreed early on that I would have the procedure. My youngest child was 7 months at the time of the procedure and I couldn't be happier with my decision to proceed with this operation.
The healing and recovery is no joke since this is an invasive procedure. The first few days I regretted the decision because I wasn't mentally prepared to be that immobile or in that much discomfort. On top of that it was hard for me to imagine the final result because I was bandaged and bruised. My mood swings were ridiculous because I felt physically helpless and I hate relying on others to care for me.
With much understanding from my family and friends and just a two weeks later, my outlook changed. Removal of the drains this morning and (finally) a shower, was a huge mental block. I know I'll probably encounter a few more ups and downs but I believe I see the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
Almost 4 weeks out
I had a post op yesterday and the final bandages came off. I'm really impressed how thin and straight my scar is. I just put a metipac tape on so I'll take pictures of the scar next time. This bikini bottom actually hides the whole thing. I also love how natural my belly button looks. I'm still a bit swollen but loving my results. I gain more strength with each day. I'm still walking around hunched and sleeping with my legs up but I'm a lot more mobile. I can't wait until the swelling goes down in a few months. I'm also still a bit sore from the lipo but that's quickly fading. My mental and physical state is very different from just two weeks ago.
Almost 8 weeks
12 Dec 2016
2 months post
First day back at work after a long hiatus from maternity leave, family leave, binding and short term disability. I'm so glad I did this operation when I did. It felt great to walk into the office today after months away and get all the compliments of how great I look. I don't really want too many people I work with knowing I took time off for a tummy tuck after having a baby.
I freaked out last week because the left side of my stitch and my belly button were oozing. It turns out my body was spitting out sutures. I went back to my PS to get it all cleaned and taken care of. You can see the rash I got from putting a bandage over my belly button. PS told me not to use that again and just to let it air out.
Still loving it... 5 months
20 Mar 2017
5 months post
My scar is still a little dark and I have swelling occasionally if I'm too active, eat poorly or drink a little too much. I love my results and this scar is completely hidden with the new bikini bottoms I got for this summer. The lipo that Dr. Sumida did was flawless. I couldn't be happier with my results.