I'm a mother of 3, youngest almost 5 now. I'm...
I'm a mother of 3, youngest almost 5 now. I'm petite so the 3 pregnancies stretched my ab muscles pretty good. After dieting and exercising and loosing the weight I'm left with a protruding tummy that refuse to budge. I also tried non-surgical methods like the Tupler techique and MuTu. They seem to work in the beginning as in the pooch seem to be getting smaller but I felt they are not for me since I am unable to commit to doing them the rest of my life and I do not expect myself to be overly consumed everyday of my life with it. Sure enough, once I gave up doing them, the pooch bounced back out. It is then that I decided I should invest in a more permanent solution.
After discussing with my dh, I went for a consult at Scott and White Cosmetic Surgery Centre. I was initially very nervous and hesitant but dh encouraged me to go ahead, get an opinion and put the matter to rest once and for all.
Today I'm 5 days post op. Although not fully recovered I'm so glad I did it. The pooch is gone for good. I'm hopeful that I will recover well and should there be complications down the road, I'm confident my surgeon will be with me every step of the way.
Below are my before photos. I'm 5'2", weight about 110lb. In my opinion, the pooch is really huge for my frame. I will post my after photos once I take them.
It Ain't Pretty.... Yet
6th day post op today. More energy to move around. Taking less painkiller med too. Drains are still in. Here are some post op photos. As you can tell I do have a fair bit of swelling. I'm still getting use to this new body. I felt like I'm the partner Frankenstein never had.
First Post Op Appointment
On my 8th day, I had my TT review appointment. I had my drains removed. I'm oh soooo glad for not having to deal with the drains anymore. The stitches around my belly button were also removed. To my pleasant surprise, besides the usual white velcro compression garment I wore home on the day of surgery, the clinic gave me another really lovely compression garment! (See photo). How cool is that!
37 Weeks Post op Update
Hi there everyone. I'm back with an update after 37 weeks post op. Thank you sillysally14 for writing to me and requesting for this update. I got busy... and lazy so I didn't care to update my status. So here are some photos I took of my tummy today! Yay!
Basically I got on with the normal routine of life almost forgetting that I had a TT operation. I wore my binder on days I do my workout because I do still swell up a bit at the end of the day, especially on days I do my workouts. My scar is still healing. It hardened up a bit and had become a little "hump". I'll admit that I did not baby it with creams and lotion which probably should to soften it a little.
When I touch my tummy, I still have this funny feeling of numbness around the scar area. I'm not sure if the numbness will completely go away but I'm not too bothered by it.
If you look at my photos carefully you might notice a little bump at the belly button area. That was where my protrusion was the most serious pre-op. Its like my organs are still pressing out in that area. I also believe that its due to my posture. I slouch alot at my desk and that probably contributed to the organs pushing against that part of my tummy.
Despite these little imperfection, I feel I'm way better than I was before my operation and still grateful to have done it.