I am still a little tender on my lower back. When I press on the area it feels like I am bruised, but it doesn't stop me doing much. The other place I am a little tender is my outer thighs and they still hurt when I try to jog (which is not something I try often). I think these areas are still sore from the lipo because neither area had any incisions.
The incision around my body really doesn't hurt at all and it has stayed 100% healed. I am still quite numb for about two inches above my scar and 1 inch below it on my stomach area. I know that there is a possibility that some numbness will stay forever, but this really doesn't bother me at all and I barely notice it.
To give you an idea of how I am moving about these days, I just returned from a 2 week trip to Thailand where I was able to swim, snorkle, walk up steep jungle hills, hoist myself in and out of boats and keep up with my 3 holiday companions. I will say that I noticed a huge loss in ab strength, but I think this might be my fault because I wasn't able to do many ab work outs in the last few months because my lower back has been too tender. I really need to work on this because having an active holiday really shows you how much you depend on your abs to support you in everything you do.
I stopped wearing my silicone tape around my scar before I went on holidays to Thailand. I knew that it wouldn't stay on with all the swimming I would be doing so I took it off and I haven't missed it at all. I think you can continue to wear the tape longer to help with scarring, but I am already really happy with how my scar looks.
I still have no regrets about having the surgery and am thankful every day for the freedom it has given me. I do still sometimes go to reach for my stomach skin because I was so used to having it hanging off me. I guess it's like losing a limb... but in a good way! One of my favourite things since having the surgery is not having to dry underneath my stomach after I have a shower. It is just the best feeling in the world!
I do still really want to have the upper body lift surgery now, but it is not even on my financial radar at the moment. I think it is approximately $10,000 out of pocket and since I have just built a new house I am completely tapped out of cash. I have been trying to get a better paying job for a while, but that hasn't happened, so my next step is to look for part time work that I can do outside my regular job to save some money for the surgery. Obviously I would not have spent money on a trip to Thailand if I had known I needed more surgery, but that is too late now!
I can't bear to post more nudey before and after pictures so please see my 4 month update if you are interested and just reading this for the first time!