I cannot believe it has been 7 months since I had an inner thigh tuck on my legs and 5 months since having a skin graft on my leg! Time sure does fly when you are having fun … or in pain whichever you want to call it haha
I have been getting a lot of questions about how I am doing now, post-surgery and how things are feeling and healing. So I decided to do a little Q&A style blog post and answer the top questions I have been receiving!
If I did not answer one of your questions, leave it down below in the comments and I will be sure to answer your question as well.
So let’s get this Q&A going!!!
How am I feeling now?
Well, I feel great! The incisions/scars have loosened up so much and I have full range of motion in both legs now. The skin graft is healing as beautifully as a skin graft can heal and is fading nicely. There still is a little bit of tightness in the area where the skin graft is and if I do a lot of squats, ride the bike too fast, or do jumping/stepping motions. When I workout it can feel the graft get a little tight and a little tingly and uncomfortable, but not painful at all. I am back to working out which feels amazing! I am back on track with counting my macros, and I really am feeling like myself again. In the gym, I am working on building my strength, especially in my legs but every day that is getting better and better! I still have some pain and discomfort on my outer hips and thighs since I still have a lot of loose skin there, which is really heavy and hurts.
To sum it up overall, I am feeling amazing!!!
Do I regret having surgery on my legs, especially with needing the skin graft and the swelling?
NO!!!!!!! 1000% I do NOT regret it. If you asked me in the middle of dealing with the wound and needing the skin graft I may have had a different answer for you. BUT like all things it took time to heal, took time to deal with the pain and eventually once everything healed up, the results are beyond amazing. Not only is there a difference that you can visibly see which is amazing but the physical part of how I feel might be even better. The pain that the loose skin used to cause from being so heavy and pulling on my hips and groin and the bouncing and shaking every time I moved was miserable. Having that much skin/weight taken off feels amazing. I do not regret it at all!
Do you need to have more surgery on your legs?
Yes. This surgery only addressed the skin on the inner part of my thighs. The procedure I had is called an inner thigh lift. I will still need to have the skin removed on the outer part of my legs and still might need some work done on my calves. So…there still is some more work to be done on my legs.
Swelling…Why Were/Are You So Swollen?
Ok so the swelling was BRUTAL and to be honest still kinda is…but it is getting so so so much better. After surgery, I developed a wound and I was not able to get into the proper compression garments for several months. Actually, getting the compression garments once I was cleared was a nightmare! It wasn’t until 3 months post-surgery that I was in any sort of compression. This allowed my legs to swell up A LOT and led to other areas of my body swelling as well.
Weight gain also plays a part in what is going on with my body. I have mentioned before that I have been dealing with binge eating disorder and some weight gain. I am working on getting this under control, and losing some weight will only continue to help the swelling go down.
The swelling in my thighs has drastically gone down. I am still working on my calves, which have other things going on besides just swelling and I am working on resolving the issues with them. My arms are super swollen, which we have come to believe that is mostly due to scar tissue build-up from surgery. We hope that once we break up some scar tissue and continue to lose some weight, the swelling will get better in my arms and with the rest of my body too.
Am I still swollen from surgery?
No, not really. As I mentioned, I had a lot of fluid build-up since I was not in compression, and I have gained some weight. The swelling I am still fighting now is really only in my calves and arms. Swelling and fluid retention in my arms and legs is something that I was dealing with even before surgery. So the swelling and fluid retention I have is not directly caused by my most recent skin removal procedure.
Will the swelling go away or do I have a medical condition?
The swelling will go away. I do not have a medical condition that is causing the swelling/ fluid retention. When I was extremely overweight I carried a lot of my weight in my legs and so that has been the hardest place for me to lose weight. I also have scar tissue, lactic acid build-up, muscles that were working overtime carrying my weight around and I have regained some weight. All of these things add to what my body is going through, but all things that with time and patience will heal and get better.
Am I working out again?
Yes, I am. I have no real restrictions when it comes to working out. My physical therapist has given me some exercises to avoid and some exercises to help me strengthen areas that I am weaker in. I try to listen to my PT and work on the exercises she gives me. I workout 4-5 times per week doing group exercises classes and I do have to modify quite frequently to make the class work for me. Making these modifications to exercises that I can do and that won’t hurt me does not bother me. I also work out 1 day per week with my Personal Trainer and we do a lot of cardio to get sweating. When I work with my trainer we also do a lot of movements and exercises that focus on the areas that my physical therapist wants me to strengthen. So in total, I am working out 5-6 times per week.
How are the scars and what do I put on my scars to minimize appearance?
For me, my scars are healing great. They are very thin and have faded nicely. My surgeon is amazing and does a great job! I also use BioCornium on all of my incisions and it truly is the best and it’s amazing.
What is next for me?
Right now I am just focusing on being happy. Happy with my body and happy with myself again. Since I have gained some weight I have been really hard on myself and really down on my body. I have been working from the inside out to feel good about myself again. Right now that is the only thing I am focused on is being happy and confident in my body again. I do not have another surgery scheduled, but I will let you know when that time comes.
Will I EVER show the results from my skin removal procedures?
THIS IS MY MOST ASKED QUESTION. YES!!! I will show it all…when I feel ready to share it. Please be patent with me- I promise the wait will be totally worth it.
Thank you so much for your love, support, encouragement, and good vibes. You have all kept me smiling on my darkest days and helped me believe in myself to keep going and never give up. If you have other questions leave them in a comment down below!! OR if you have blog posts you would like to see I am very open to suggestions.