Can you believe it’s been a year? Wow. I feel like an entirely different person on the inside and out. And I have to say, going under the knife is still (and probably always will be) one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself.
In case you’re new to the blog, my surgery included an extended tummy tuck, a breast lift, and a full thigh lift (groin to knee incision) with liposuction. I still plan to have an arm lift as well, but that will be a bit down the line.
It was a really long road. That first month was so horrific – I thought it would never end. Having three major surgeries at once probably isn’t the best idea, but I’m grateful I did it.
On the one hand, I could be sad because my weight is higher than it was at the time of my surgery. But I’m in way better shape, and I’m definitely more active. (I mean, I’m training for a freaking full marathon!) And beyond that, I’m much more comfortable in my skin. As I sit here in my jean shorts that sit below my belly button and only come to my mid-thigh, I’m reminded that my life feels so much easier without that extra skin. I don’t have to wear a tummy shaper to contain my skin rolls. I don’t have to hide my sagging thigh skin. And my boobs? Well, yes, I love having perky-pre-breastfeeding boobs again. Actually, I don’t know if my boobs ever looked this great.
I do have some lasting side effects from my surgery. They include a few numb areas on my torso and left breast. I also still have some residual pain in my breasts. (I don’t know why I switched from “boobs” to “breasts”, but it felt appropriate.)
My scars are still visible, but they don’t bother me at all. I never remembered to apply any kind of scar cream consistently, so I’m pretty impressed with how amazing they look with minimal effort on my part. My skin appears to be a bit discolored near my thigh scars, but I think it’s probably from being in the sun and not doing a good enough job with the sunscreen.
So here you can see my body transform over the last year. It’s funny to watch myself in this form, because it’s not at all how I see me in my head. It’s not like I walk around making these poses.
And here are a few close-ups of my scars. They look pretty fantastic, huh?
They’re noticeable, but not glaringly obvious. Good enough for me!
And here is an updated image of one my thigh scars and then a little gif to show its progression over the last year.
I so appreciate all of the support you guys gave me during the entire process. I loved sharing my surgery journey, and when it was really rough in those first few weeks, this blog provided a release. The pain meds made it so difficult to speak clearly, but I could write. And the fact that you guys read, responded, and sent so much love was more overwhelming than I could ever express.
If I could sum up my surgery experience in one picture, this one makes the most sense for me:
Forget the weight gain. Forget the obligatory posed pictures at the beginning of this post. That girl above is who I have become. I wear a bikini in public. You may not see the importance in that, but it’s huge. It’s not about how I look in the bikini. It’s about the freedom I’ve gained from having this surgery. It’s indescribable.
From my first consultation to the gory nasty post-surgery pictures to this final roses-and-unicorn update, you can read about the entire process. These links are always on my Skin Removal Surgery page in case you want to read them later.
The Consultation (July 2011)
Why I Want Skin Removal Surgery
The Consultation II (May 2013)
Surgery & Weight Loss Update
Surgery – Scheduled!
A Vision of Me
Surgery & 4 Days Post-Op
Recovery – Days 5&6
It’s My Birthday!
Recovery – Day 8
Recovery – Day 9 & Updated Pictures!
Recovery Day 12 – Feeling Great!
2 Weeks Post Surgery!
Oops & Ewww – Recovery Day 16
We’ve Got a Bleeder!
It’s Been Three Weeks!
A Period and a Crack
One Month Post-Surgery Pictures!
Hiking and Pumpkins!
Hope and Change
Ride The Wave (2 month post-surgery update)
Thanksgivng in Hawaii (3 month post-surgery update)
5 Months Post-Surgery (includes 4 month pics too)
6 Months Post-Surgery
If you feel like this surgery might be a good fit for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I had a few incredible people who had gone through their own surgeries, and they were there for my every question, concern, and fear. It made all the difference in the world! I’m happy to be there for you as well.
Thanks for following along!