Preparation For Abdominoplasty And Gynaecomastia Surgery
I did record some of my thoughts in the few days leading up to my procedure and wanted to share what I was thinking and how I was feeling at the time.
I didn’t feel comfortable enough at the time to share that, but now 5 months post-op, I feel a lot more confident and a lot more ready.
Preparation For Abdominoplasty And Chest Reduction
I recorded the above video on 20 March, 3 days before my scheduled operation on 23 March.
The hospital still had Covid restrictions in place at the time and I was waiting for my PCR test results to know if my procedure would go ahead.
So I was a bit tense, apprehensive and a bit nervous. Not about the procedure itself – it was pretty much all because I was waiting on this damn test result.
I checked myself out in a size Small standard Reebok tank top and it was a bit baggy.
You could see I am in a fairly slim, lean condition with a little bit (and I mean a tiny bit) of muscle definition on my arms. Maybe a bit more if I tensed.
You can see a fairly lean physical condition with some muscle definition, and you can see a fairly slim frame. You can’t see when I have my top on just how much extra tissue I am carrying under my clothes.
So you won’t necessarily be able to tell from that that I have any loose skin, let alone how much.
However, when I pull back and tighten my tank top, you can see much more tissue around the stomach and chest that bulges out, and how low the skin on my chest droops.
That is all of course what you see through my clothes, which is unsurprisingly how almost everyone I encounter in person on a daily basis will (and should!) be seeing me.
But when I take that tank top off, you can see just how much tissue there is.
In the right lighting, you can actually see a very faint bit of abdominal definition still, even through that extra tissue.
I like to think it shows the level of leanness or the physical condition I was in.
And this isn’t bragging about my physical fitness – it definitely isn’t! – but it does put into context the body fat level I was at and just how much extra tissue I was carrying compared to my body’s frame.
Of course, if you look at the side angle, and with the addition of gravity from me leaning forward, you can see an even bigger difference.
So that is the condition my body was in around three days out.
I had been in the same weight range for a few years and after losing weight during lockdowns, I had gotten to the lightest I had ever been in my adult life around the time I decided to go ahead with the surgery.
Five Months Recovery Post Abdominoplasty And Chest Reduction
I wasn’t comfortable sharing my “before” pictures until I felt really comfortable with my “after” pictures as well.
And after 5 months, with the scars healing well, no complications so far, and most of the swelling gone down, there is a bit of a big difference.
There is still some swelling, and it takes around a year for the swelling to fully go down as well as for the scars to more or less fully heal.
But I have been very happy with my results so far and it has had an absolutely huge positive impact on my confidence.
The only downside is that it has also made me realise I could and should have been kinder to myself pre-op as well. But that is another big topic and warrants a dedicated post all on its own.