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18 Weeks Post-Op Tummy Tuck & Breast Implant Recovery Update

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18 Weeks Post-Op Tummy Tuck & Breast Implant Recovery Update

(Pictured above: Pre-surgery, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 5)

July 2020 Update: Please read Do I have Breast Implant Illness? before getting implants!

Hey guys!

It has been a while since I posted an update. Many of you have been asking how I’ve been, and I appreciate you! You’ve also been asking about the scaring, and I wanted to give you a quick update.

It has been almost 18 weeks since my surgery, and I feel great.

I haven’t had any surgery-related pain, and the “stretching feeling I had when I would do ab workouts is no longer an issue.

18 Weeks Post-Op Tummy Tuck Recovery

I wish I could tell you I have been working out regularly for the last 18 weeks.

Like everyone else, the holidays were a time of sweet treats, crazy schedules, and an all-around desire to do, nothing.

I have been working like crazy, so that’s probably the only reason I only gained 5 pounds and not 50.

With the new year in full swing I have started working out again, and plan to kick these 10 pounds off asap.

Because of my weight gain, I’m not sure if I’m still swollen or if I added a little padding to my tummy over the holidays, but it will be gone in a few weeks if it’s fat so I’m not too concerned by it.

Speaking of weight, I can’t remember if I ever shared my weight before and after surgery so I will do that now.

Pre-surgery weight: 112
Post-surgery weight: 125
Post-surgery weight after 12 weeks: 114
Post surgery weight after 18 weeks: 119

My goal is to get down to about 110, but it will just depend on what my body looks like. Numbers are never really my gauge for measuring success. I just want to like the way my body looks in clothes, and have a slim athletic appearance.

18 Weeks Post-Op Breast Implants Recovery

Oh, and before I forget to mention them, my breasts look much more natural after 18 weeks.

The implants have “dropped” into a more natural position, and they feel like real boobs again so that is really nice. I will say that I have noticed some rippling (which my Dr. warned me about), but it’s nothing I can’t live with.

The only way I could have avoided this with my body type was to go with silicon, which I was afraid to do. The only time I see the wrinkles in the implant itself is when I bend over, and I can see them only on the sides, not at the top or anywhere else.

So just know that if you get behind the muscle implants and go with saline, you will possibly have rippling as well. This is something I would highly recommend you discuss with your doctor.

So now on to what you really want to see…. the pictures:

Here are my 18 week post-tummy tuck pictures:

Aside from loving my new body, one thing I got out of this experience that I wasn’t expecting was the chance to talk to other women considering this surgery. I get emails and comments daily asking for advice and questions about my journey, and I have loved every minute of it. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, I would love to talk to you!

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Read my plastic surgery story here.

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Saturday 28th of May 2022

Most resources say that fat transfer to breasts works about 50% of the time or 50% of the fat “sticks”. What is your experience with this now that it’s been some time since your implant removal and fat transfer? Any picture updates? Thanks!


Thursday 24th of March 2022

Thank you for posting this. I'm 2 days post-op as a 27 y/o male who lost 125 pounds that stabilized ~9 years ago and had chest / tummy skin removal. Now I'm 5'11, 175 lbs, decent muscular build. My abdomen is wide as all hell, full of fluid, and has a little rippling on one side of the incision. Lateral to my pectoral there's a little bit of blobbyness. But I can't find a good representation of the first few days after this procedure. I can only hope that this goes away like yours did.

To others out there, yep it's not pretty afterwards!

maria E Martinez

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

I really appreciate your post on your TT progress, I am at the 12 days post surgery, I called my doctor crying last week because my belly is not looking beautiful or flat at all, it is kind of wavy, I sent him pictures of mine belly and my doctor said it was normal, . Even crying hurts i just need time to heal. I saw your pictures, it is very similar at what I have now in the 2 weeks post, and I saw your results at 18 week, i got so happy!! it is amazing how it changes and your tummy looks great. I was not overweigh just needed to take some extra skin and a little of lipo. There are no pictures in the internet like my belly progress, until I saw yours. I feel so much better after I saw your post. thank you for sharing.

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