Painful Recovery From Tummy Tuck But It Was Worth It
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Hey guys! My name is Ana, I am 24 years old, I had a tummy tuck with liposuction on the flanks and muscle repair on January 31st 2017. I am a mother of two: a 5 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. After having my last baby, I lost 55 pounds and was left with a lot of loose skin on my belly and it was something I was very self-conscious about. I was so discouraged by the way I looked, that it got to the point that I didn’t want to go out to the beach, or even be intimate with my husband. I knew I had to do something about it, so I decided to go to Dr. Enrique Hanabergh with New Life Cosmetic Surgery in Miami, Florida. He was referred to me by a good friend of mine and he told me a tummy tuck with liposuction and muscle repair was going to be the best choice for me.
I was so scared at first. This was major elective surgery, but deep down I knew it was the best thing for me. Right there in his office, we scheduled a surgery date! A week or so before my surgery, I was scheduled for a pre-op appointment, which is when they go over what you should and shouldn’t do before surgery. A warning to those of you having tummy tuck surgery: there will be a lot of paperwork that you will need to go through and sign. You will also be advised of the things you should do in prepartion the night before surgery. This pre-op appointment makes everything so much more real. I was a nervous wreck pretty much the whole day!
The night before surgery, I prepared everything I needed. I had a checklist I went through and I also bought any last minute post-op items I might need, so my husband wouldn’t go crazy going to the store after surgery to find stuff. I made sure I had everything prepared. I barely slept at all that night, but when surgery day came, I made sure to wake up at least 3 hours before to get everything ready, take a shower and also get there on time.
I got to the surgery center right when I was suppoed to and I was immediately taken to the back, where they gave me a gown to put on and I waited for the doctor and an anesthesiologist to come in as well. I was so cold and nervous, that I was shaking the whole time. The short wait felt like an eternity. A few moments later, the doctor came, marked my belly and took the before pictures. After him, the anesthesiologist came and asked me some important questions and also explained how the anesthesia would work. A nurse then came in and took me to the operating room, where I laid down on the table and the next thing I knew, I was in the post-op unit in an incredible amount of pain. So much pain, that I was unable to move an inch of my body. I was bleeding more than normal from my drains, so I had to stay a little bit longer than most people would. As a result of that, I was left with a huge hematoma on my right side and I had to keep my drains in for 3 weeks. It was so hard for me to breathe or move, because of how tight my belly felt! A few hours later, I was discharged and was driven home.
Another warning to all of you ladies considering or scheduled to have tummy tuck surgery: You will need a good support system during your recovery, because I was not able to do anything for myself. As the days went by, I felt better and better. By week 3, I was standing up straight again (Yes, it took me longer than most people to stand up straight.). I would say around week 7 is when I felt like my normal self again.
At the beginning of my recovery, it was not easy. I even regretted having tummy tuck surgery done because it was so painful, but once you start feeling better and see how great you look, it's all worth it. I am over a year post-op now and having this surgery has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself. I love my results, my scar is very low and thin, and If I had to go through it again, I would definitely do so! I hope you guys found my experience helpful!
I've included numerous videos and before/after pictures of my tummy tuck journey. I hope they help you with your decisions to have tummy tuck surgery!