I didn't know what to expect before my consultation but I knew I wanted to get rid of the belly fat. I've tried and tired many things over the years but nothing seemed to work.
The consultation was thorough and Dr Rumalla gave me very realistic expectations and guided me through the process.
The first week after surgery was brutal because I could hardly sit up, use the restroom or get dressed without help. The second week was better but I was tired of having to continue to slump over because my stomach muscles were so tight and I was definitely ready to have the drain tubes removed.
After the end of the second week, my husband had to go back to the middle east so I had to figure this out on my own. I was exhausted all of the time because my body was using all of my energy to heal and all I could think of was how to get the next nap in.
Week three I was able to remove the tubes but I had to go shopping for a Christmas party outfit. I was still very swollen but felt pretty confident in wearing something a little snug. My energy level was still a little sluggish but thanks to great vitamins and lots of sleep, I was doing much better.
Week four the stitches came out and I started using Scar Guard. My incision is actually healing very well and once the red/purple color goes away, you won't even be able to see the scar because it's so thin.
At week 7 I was able to get to the gym on the treadmill and do light weights and made changes to my diet to insure that dang fat was not coming back. A tummy tuck is definitely motivation to change your life choices about food.
Now it's week 9 and I feel fantastic! There's still some swelling but I suspect it will go away soon. I'm not quiet ready for a swimsuit yet but with my new proper way of eating and a little exercise, I will definitely be ready when summer does get here.
Thanks to Dr Rumalla, I have found a new level of confidence within myself which I haven't personally felt in many years.