I am so excited to post these updated pictures of my tummy tuck recovery! I shared how hard Week 1 was because my stomach didn’t look anything like I expected it to, so sharing weeks 2 and 3 is much more fun because I have seen some major changes. I have also started working out which has been AWESOME! It feels so good to start working my abs again, although I am trying to take it easy because my lower abdominal area is still numb. My doctor uses an injection that he puts into the ab muscles themselves to keep them numb for a few weeks (which is great) so I don’t want to over do it and suffer later.
As you can see from my week 2 pictures the swelling started going down and the incisions started healing. I stopped wearing my compression garment in week 2 and started using Spanx instead. Not only was it more comfortable to wear the Spanx, it also helped me fit into my jeans again without irritating the incision. It is a little annoying to try clothes on that fit before surgery only to find that you are too swollen to wear them, but it will pass.
Week 3 just ended yesterday, and I love waking up each morning to check my progress. I can lay completely flat now with without the “stretching” feeling I had before which is nice but everything still feels a little tight.
I have started targeting my upper abs and obliques when I work out. I plan to add a little more to my routine every day, but when I try new exercises I only do a few at a time to make sure I don’t hurt myself. I have gone running, done some rowing, and other basic exercises like push-ups, planks, and even burpees. As always you should consult your surgeon before working out, and only do what’s comfortable for you.
Here is my week 3 pictures (doesn't it look SO much better?!):
The red lines are from my clothing.
As you can see I still have some swelling (which makes my remaining stretch marks look worse) but I call this serious progress. I also love seeing more definition up top, which should only get better with exercise.
Mentally I’m feeling so much better. I am motivated to work out now because I want to see the results I could never get before the surgery. I still have a few stitches in place, but I’m thinking they should be gone in a few days. I can’t explain how happy I am that I had this surgery!
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Don’t forget to check out my Before Tummy Tuck Pictures here.