I had a question asked on one of my recent blogs about some of my plastic surgery. Honestly, it’s tough to find good information about the recovery process for some of the less popular surgeries. Before I go into my inner thigh lift recovery tips, I’ll recap what I’ve had done in the past eight years since losing my 100lbs.
- Breast Lift and Implants
- Breast Implants again (first round we couldn’t go the size I wanted at the time)
- Tummy Tuck and Full Belt Lower Body Lift with Butt Enhancement (basically all the skin coming off left me with no ass so they took some thigh skin and made me a butt)
- Tummy Tuck (no muscle but full scar to breasts), thigh lift, and redo of lower body lift (removal of faux butt)
- Eyelid and Neck Surgery
Yep…I’ve had all this done due to my obesity for many, many years. In clothes I look good but naked I’m a train track. Small kids could race Matchbox cars on me. I’m VERY LUCKY to have a husband who is willing to support me through this, not be turned off by the scars, and take care of me. It’s not easy to deal with someone pretty helpless for weeks.
These days I am great at the recovery process and this blog is all about the inner thigh lift recovery.
First, I was cut along the groin and down the thighs to my knees. The first lower body lift I was only cut along the groin. That just didn’t do anything for my thighs thus the reason I had to cut down the leg and deal with the big scars. I’m getting used to them. Not going to say I’m super used to them and in love but I don’t think about them like I thought I would. I tell myself, “people probably think she is a wicked athlete who had to have her knees repaired.”
When you come out of surgery you are pretty out of it. The first time getting up is a humdinger. You have to learn how to keep your legs together and turn to get out of the bed. It’s EASIER than you think after the first couple of times. What MOST people don’t realize is that you are going to need A LOT of UPPER BODY strength. I have never been more thankful for working my upper body with heavy weights than after surgery. Your arms, chest, and back help you push and pull yourself around all the time.
I would recommend at least a couple of months before surgery that you do one or two upper body lifts or circuits each week. If you don’t know what to do, a good DVD program would be something like Insanity: Asylum or T-25. Because both of these not only help you weights they focus a lot on powering your body with your own body weight.
If you want to do your own weights, mix in weights with body weight moves like plank, push ups, bearcrawls, crabwalks, dips, etc. All of these help you mimic what scooting around is going to feel like.
Going to the bathroom is probably the hardest. I would invest in renting or buying a portable hospital potty. This keeps you from having to squat or balance yourself while you go. My mom had one I could borrow and every surgery it’s been a lifesaver. I know medical supply places do rent things like this. Sometimes you can even find one on Craig’s List.
You will also want to have some extra pillows. Keeping your legs elevated will help with swelling. I had about 5-6 good sized pillows because I would want to change positions int the bed a lot to keep my back from hurting.
For food, I found this important. I was never hungry but for carbs. That’s FINE. Most surgeries I lived off Shakeology, yogurt, and dry toast. It was the only things that sounded good. The key is keeping your energy up because your body is working hard around the clock to recover you. It’s NO time to diet. You will hinder your recovery more than you help it if you get all heady about your weight.
Speaking of, don’t weigh. OMG you will swell and hold water and it will be at least 4-6 months before that stops. Monitor your healthy eating habits and not the scale. I HAVE WEIGHED in the past and you have such wild swings with it going up and down that it will mess with you more than give you REAL data. The real data will be are you eating? Are you eating healthy? Are you stopping before full? Are you honoring your body with foods that speed recovery? Trust me, a Big Mac or big bowl of ice cream every night isn’t honoring recovery. 🙂
The last two pieces of advice I have are to WALK and take Colace. It’s so easy to want to lay around but the more you walk SLOWLY the better you will feel. I’m not talking exercise walks or power fitness, but I made a point to get up hourly unless I was sleeping the first three weeks and walk. After my first week I when I was stable I always went outside and walked slow through the hood for 15 minutes building up to 45-60 min. by the end of three weeks. I never raised my heart rate but just moving helped me a lot with not getting stiffed, constipated, and kept the blood circulating.
I start Colace the day before surgery and I don’t stop until my bowels are moving. The anesthesia and pain meds will back you up if you are not careful. This is also why the walking helps. I drink a lot of water, take the Colace and come off my pain meds VERY EARLY. I’m usually done with them within 48 hours of surgery. I just hate taking things so I rely more on Tylenol. Let me say, though, don’t lay in pain. I have a very high tolerance for pain but I wouldn’t sit there and hurt bad. You are going to hurt some but PAIN I wouldn’t ignore.
That’s my experience. I’m happy to answer questions if you have them.