I can’t believe that it’s been 3 months since my second surgery! For those of you who don’t know, on November 28th 2016 I had my second skin removal surgery. My surgeon removed excess skin from my upper body, back and arms. As far as recovery goes it was pretty rough. Everyone heals differently, everyone has different amounts of skin to remove from different places, and every doctor has their own way of removing skin. This affects people differently and makes recovery different for everyone.
I wanted to share with you guys how I am personally doing 3 months out from my second skin removal surgery. Again this is how MY BODY is recovering. Keep in mind that I had my first skin removal surgery on July 28th, 2016. I had two major surgeries really close together which also played a role in how I have recovered.
My recovery so far:
- My incisions have become thin and are not as red in color.
I still have some sensitivity on and around my incisions.
I still have some pain under my breasts and on my back incisions, especially when I bend, turn or twist.
My arms are still a little stiff and I don’t have full range of motion yet.
I still have a hard time reaching all the way up with my arms and reaching down to try and touch my feet.
I am a lot weaker than I was before surgery. I am doing physical therapy to try and get full range of motion back and try to loosen everything up as well as build some strength.
I have been cleared to go back to working out (bootcamp) with some restrictions and modifications.
I have to start working out really slowly and mostly do stretching. In time I will do more exercises to build endurance and strength.
I am still very stiff/tight in my chest and along my sides.
I am still a little swollen in the middle of my chest where my incisions come together.
I feel so much better being able to put my arms down and wash and brush my own hair!
Overall I am healing great, and fast! The incisions look great and are already starting to fade and almost all of my swelling is gone!
I am so emotional every time I looking in the mirror or wearing fitted clothes and don’t see the excess skin popping out.
It feels so good to not have all of that extra skin hurt me, make noise, flap and pull me down.
I still need to have 2-3 more surgeries for extra skin my surgeon wants to see me again in May. I will be 6 months out of surgery at that point. I am excited to see how I continue to heal. He wants me to build up my strength again and have everything loosen up before we plan another surgery. As of now I don’t have anther surgery date set at this time.
This pretty much sums up how I am doing. I am so happy with the results and with my choice to have skin removal surgery.
The decision to have skin removal surgery is very personal. For me, my skin was affecting my physical health as well as my mental health. I made the decision to have surgery because it was what was best for me. I know everyone has their own opinions about surgery and I understand that surgery is not for everyone. When it comes to our overall health and well being we all need to take care of ourselves and do what is best for us. I am so beyond happy with the results from my surgeries. I can finally see all of the hard work that I put into my transformation.
I am going to try to be patient with my body and allow it to move, bend, stretch and recover on its own time and push myself enough to help it along. We must be kind to ourselves. We must be patient with the journey, because that is exactly what it is…a journey.
I have been getting lots of questions about who did my surgery and where I hade it done. Dr. Joel Beck from Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery has done my first two surgeries. Dr. Beck is amazing and I am so lucky to have found him! Not only does he do amazing work, he has taken such great care of me! Finding a surgeon that you are comfortable with, feel connected to and trust is such a huge part of having skin removal surgery.
If you have any questions about my surgeries or skin removal in general please feel free to reach out! I would love to help in any way that I can. Thanks so much for all of your continued love and support as I continue on my journey.