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Abdominoplasty Update: 4 Months PO & Dog Ear Revision

4 Months. What?! It has been nearly 4 months since my Abdominoplasty already? I was afraid time would crawl through recovery but it actually has gone so fast! I have been absolutely in love with my results so far, but I did notice pretty early on that I had what is commonly referred to as a “dog ear” on the incision at my right hip.

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Here is a picture several months later, after the incision had healed. I still had some major swelling going on, and that dog ear is far more noticeable. At my 3 month follow up I talked it over with my plastic surgeon and we decided to do a small in office revision to correct the dog ear. I had to pay a small office/supply fee but he didn’t charge for his time or anything since it was a revision. I scheduled the dog ear revision for a few weeks later.

Luckily I wasn’t as nervous for this as I was for the original surgery… Remember when I passed out while he was marking me up? SO embarrassing! This time I was still pretty numb along my incision so I didn’t even feel it when he was injecting me with the numbing stuff. It was a small in office procedure and it took about an hour. I was comfortable and awake the whole time. I felt pretty good afterwards, until the numbing stuff wore off that night when I was trying to sleep. Luckily I had some pain pills that he prescribed just incase, so I took one. It wasn’t horrible pain. Nothing compared to the original surgery. It was just throbbing and painful, like a 5 out of 10. I had tape strips on it for around the first week.

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Here is a picture from about a week out. The incision is still healing, I’m a little swollen and bruised, but there is no more dog ear/triangle/pointy thing! I took 4 days off from working out to let the incision heal up. My doctor didn’t want me bending or moving too much around the hip area so it would heal properly.

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Today is 2 weeks post revision. You can see the incision is healing well. My first scar is fading and I expect this one to do the same. Now the flanks are more even and there are no pointy dog ears sticking out.

I still have zero regrets about the surgery or the revision. As you can see the surgery didn’t make me “skinny” – I am still a pretty thick girl! I still have curves and I’m still squishy in some areas. This wasn’t at all intended to be a weight loss surgery or a surgery to make me skinnier. This was to remove the excess skin and reveal the shape that was hiding under it all.

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I feel like it did that for sure. I am happy in my own body and I’m proud of the work I’ve done to get here.I still have my days of feeling bloated or whatever, Thanks Mother Nature. Do I still have things I want to improve? Absolutely. But I believe it is possible to love your body and desire to improve it at the same time.

I know this is more a health/fitness blog and some people don’t always like these types of posts but the reality of weight loss is excess skin. I wanted to share my journey with you as openly as possible so you can have all the information you need to make your own decision on what is right for you. I know some people who have lost considerably more weight than I have that have no desire to get rid of the excess skin. Just like I have said about every other stage in my journey, it is such an individual process/decision. It is important to do your research, really think about what it is you want… not what you think you should want.

Do you have any questions about the surgery/recovery process?

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9 Comments

  • Reply Chris December 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hey Courtney. I know I’m probably not your “target audience” but I read your blog and follow along on your journey. I think what you are doing is very inspiring and affects a lot of people in a positive way.
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    • Reply Courtney December 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Thank you for that. Sometimes I just feel like I’m a chronic over-sharer, but I figure if it helps even one person it’s worth it!

  • Reply Dacia December 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I am two weeks away from my one year post-op mark. I had that same type of dog-ear correction you had, I had mine in March (I think) so at about 3 months from the surgery date, but I had mine on both hips and mine was terrible. I felt everything. He had to keep injecting me with more and more numbing agent. I was bawling my eyes out. It was terrible. He vowed to never do another in-office correction. I think my screaming scared everyone in the building. LOL! BUT, thankfully that was the only bad part. After that, the healing was easy especially in comparison to the first big surgery.
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    • Reply Courtney December 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Oh no! I had a few moments of pressure/discomfort… but nothing bad like that! it is crazy how different people’s experiences can be. The healing was a cake walk compared to the first surgery! How are you feeling a year out?

      • Reply Dacia December 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

        A year out I am feeling great. I still have very little sensitivity to touch from my belly button down but I am told that may never come back and I am ok with that. I have spent the last year (once I was cleared) rebuilding my strength very slowly. I had some lingering tingling sensations around the scar but those have faded. As has the scarring. Right now, if I didn’t have the scar to prove it happened I wouldn’t even know I had surgery. It’s amazing. I feel great and I am almost fully back to where my core strength was before the surgery. I am very happy with how it all went. I will be posting my year pics and story on the 18th (hopefully) in case you want to check it out.
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  • Reply Amaia - You Made My Day December 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    You look gorgeous and you are extremely courageous Courtney!
    Keep on moving girl!
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  • Reply Margarita (CupcakeCardio.com) December 4, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    There are people who don’t like these types of posts? F them. I think you’re awesome and I love reading about your journey, surgery and all.

    • Reply Courtney December 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thanks, girl! I’ve had a few haters, but everyone gets them!

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