I was shooting for my goal weight at weight watchers and I also made sure I could keep the weight off for a year before getting the surgery. it’s an expensive procedure and I wanted to make sure I had really made a lifestyle change and that this wasn’t going to be a waste of money.
I was given plenty of good medicine to keep my pain to a minimum the first few days, so honestly, I wasn’t in much pain at all. I was pleasantly surprised at how I felt during recovery. The uncomfortable part is walking and standing up straight afterward and sitting and standing to use the restroom. After about day four I felt a lot better. I was able to walk up and down the stairs and shower.
I was cleared to go back to work after two weeks and at four weeks post-op, I was cleared to start working out again. I had to wear the undergarments and supportive band for six to eight weeks post-op, even while exercising. I would say the full recovery time for the scaring was about four months. the area where they had the drains coming out of me took the longest to close up because they don’t sew those closed.
I used biocorneum on my scars.
It extends completely around me (low stomach area, over my hips/love handles, and above my butt). I held my weight in my stomach and butt area and had a “shelf” butt when I was overweight. I ended up having extra skin above my butt and during the operation, the doctor made the decision to go all the way around my body in order to achieve the best results. this is not as common in a lot of patients – usually, people have extended tummy tucks which include the lower stomach and love handles so the cut/scar would extend hip to hip.
I was cleared to work out again four weeks after my surgery. I had to wear my supportive garments under my workout clothes, though until the 6-8 week mark when I was allowed to stop wearing the garments.
I started by just walking on the treadmill for about 30 minutes at a time and I was able to lift arms (just at a lower weight than I normally used). It feels really funny to work out again because your stomach is numb still and can stay numb for up to a year post-op.
Most of you know I don’t have children, however, I plan on having them one day. At the time of my surgery this, of course, was my mother’s number one concern. The doctor told me that when I have kids the skin will stretch as with any pregnancy but he thought it might bounce back a little better than it did when I initially lost the weight. Of course, I won’t actually know what will happen until I have children, for now, I’m enjoying my flat tummy.
This is probably my most frequently asked question but it’s the hardest for me to answer because the cost for mine isn’t necessarily the same as the cost for someone else. The prices are dependent on so many factors such as, location, doctor’s experience, hospital/surgery center fees, the number of hours the surgery takes, and then of course what exactly is done. I also had my surgery almost four and a half years ago and prices have changed since then.
Feel free to reach out directly if you have more questions about my experience!
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Britney is the fitness and wellness blogger and influencer behind the weight loss journey and lifestyle blog and Instagram, FittyBritttty. She transformed her life over 8 years ago by losing over 85 pounds. When she isn’t caught up in social media and blogging, you can find Britney sweating it out on her yoga mat, blending up green smoothies in her Vitamix, hanging out with her family, enjoying a glass of Rosé and shopping — because that is totally cardio, right?!Read More