This is my Abdominoplasty Healing Update – Week 1
I am officially one week post op today! I was so nervous leading up to surgery day. I wasn’t nervous about my decision but I was nervous about recovery. I did so much research about abdominoplasty with diastasis recti repair and read so many reviews. The majority of people claimed that recovery was awful. I was prepared for the worst and I was scared.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that this recovery has been extremely easy on me! Which was totally unexpected! I was up and walking an hour after surgery. I was off heavy duty pain meds by day four and though I’m obviously still taking it easy and not running any marathons, I’m not bed bound or in pain either!
I’ve had c-sections (four) but I read of other’s experiences that this surgery can sometimes be more difficult to recover from. In my experience, however, this doesn’t even touch a cesarean recovery! During a c-section they cut through your skin, fat, muscle, and uterus. During an abdominoplasty, they only cut through the top two layers. Because of this, it makes sense that this would be a much easier recovery (for me at least).
In my case, I think there were several other contributing factors that made it easier as well.
- I went drain-less.
After tons of research, I decided to find a doctor well skilled in drain-less abdominoplasties. I’ve never had drains after any of my other abdominal surgeries and quite frankly, the thought of having open wounds for several weeks freaks me out. They often seemed to cause more issues than they prevented. The research results are in. Drain-less procedures lead to lower infection rates, quicker healing times, AND they do not increase the chance of seromas forming (which is what the drains, in a non drain-less abdominoplasty, are supposed to prevent).
- I researched my surgeon.
I spent a lot of time interviewing, reviewing, and picking a surgeon. Even though it was more expensive, I went with someone who had a wonderful reputation and was a leader in his field as well. After all, this is the only body I have. This is not something you want to try to save pennies on (I’m not getting paid to say this but I know ya’ll are going to ask.) I decided to go with Dr. Grant Stevens and I am so glad that I did. His work is immaculate. His stitching is amazing and my scar is so straight and beautiful. Absolutely, 100% happy about my choice.
- I’m in a healthy weight range and eat a whole foods diet.
Most of you reading this know my story. I lost 125 pounds by changing my diet. I think that because I’m in the best physical shape of my life, my body is strong, and my diet is clean. I believe this contributed largely to my easier rebound.
- I’m 28.
I’m still in my 20’s. Age always plays a big part when it comes to recuperating from things like surgery, which is why I wanted to do it sooner vs later.
I am so glad I did this! I haven’t had an ounce of back pain since the surgery. I’m still swollen and my incision is tender but I know with time, that will heal and fade. I still have 7 weeks of recovering left to do before I can go back to exercising and about 6 months before I’m completely healed but I am well on my way!
I was terrified to share this part of my journey with you. I didn’t know what ya’ll would think about me electing to have this surgery (and I do care what you think). You have all become my friends. But I didn’t receive even one negative comment, only positive uplifting thoughts, words of encouragement and advice. I am so eternally grateful for that. I know that has helped me heal as well.