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!
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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