It's nearly been a year ago since I had my tummy...
7 Nov 2013
11 months post
It's nearly been a year ago since I had my tummy tuck done. In the beginning I was not prepared for what I had gotten myself into or had realized I had tubes inserted into my skin just below my incision for draining. Or that staples where holding me together. Let me not forget how much pain it was to laugh or cough. Not being able to sleep on my stomach or not having sex for a while or if so being really careful. But all that's in the past now. I do not regret going forward with having this procedure done at all. All the discomfort was sooo worth it to me. I am still a tiny teny bit swollen in the lower abdomen region and still trying to work on helping lighten my scar. I can also tell that not all the feeling is fully back but I heard the swelling and feeling can take a year to 18 months for complete healing. So again this is just an update and will post another update when I visit my PS in December for my year check up. I would like to add that my PS came highly recommended. I paid a little more for his services but having a TT is a major surgery that I wouldn't risk my results or life for a cheaper price.
1 year update with PS in December 2013
Saw my PS in December and he thinks all is healing well and looks great. My major concern was the center of my scar going horizontal. The scar is hard there and I wish I didnt but cant help but nick it with the razor when I shave. So he suggested scar revision about an inch long to remove the hard scar tissue and possible give it a smoother feel as the rest of the scar. However I was only home for a short visit (temporarily living in Shanghai) so I will have that done in July 2014 when I am home for a longer time.
I did however see a dermatologist here (in Shanghai) to lighten the scar and found out some information that was new news to me. I was hoping to have laser scar surgery, but my dermatologist told me that cause of my skin tone being darker (Im hispanic) laser scar wouldnt benefit me and may make the area darker. So she prescribed me a new scar oil that I did apply for over a month and was able to see a slight difference especially only on the sides of my scar where they were the shade of the scar wasnt that bad to begin with. She suggested I can try a skin peel and Im thinking I might go back and take her up on that. Just wanted to post my new info. Although I am 14 months post-op I want to say that 90% of the feeling in my lower abdomen has come back. I can pinch my scar area and not feel a thing. Will post again hopefully if I decide to do the skin peel and more than likely will post back in July after seeing my PS for a small scar revision
Laparoscopic surgery 2 years after TT
So I had my gallbladder removed in March of 2015. It was infected (cholecystitis) so it really didn't leave me any time for some major research. I did inform the surgeon that I had a TT 2 years prior and he said it shouldn't be an issue. I stressed my concern about my results from plastic surgery being ruined, more worse was the removal of the gallbladder through my belly button. He reassured me that all should be okay and TT results wouldn't be bothered. So I have the surgery and was still concerned about my belly button after it. Doc said that he wanted to make a small incision above my belly button but didn't feel that was the best option since the scars from TT indicated there would be scar tissue. He did go through my belly button and I have to say it looks just like it did before I had the laparoscopic surgery. I was worried but who wouldn't be. I have a few new scars but not so concerned about them since they are small and will fade out eventually. I'm posting this in case there is someone out there that needs help in this matter. I do believe the surgeon that is doing the operation should be informed about any concerns. You should feel trusted in any doctors care.