Warning: photos of stitches and incisions from surgery. They’re not super gory, but viewer discretion is advised.
These are the stitches almost a week after surgery. Immediately after the operation, there’s a lot of dried blood/scabs that you’ll need to clean off, but go ahead and wait a while – they’re VERY tender.
Another tip – use medical tape instead of band-aids. My skin started breaking out from the band-aid adhesive, and I don’t have any allergies or anything so watch out for that.
This is the day the stitches were removed – you can see that the skin is VERY inflamed. I am always shocked at how much it HURTS when they pluck the stitches out – this time was no exception! But the marks from the stitches go away very quickly….
One wee later, already looking much better. I included my finger for size this time – they’re very tiny incisions.
And this is today – skin’s a little dry, sorry. Already my belly button scar is hardly noticeable. They’re all still very tough, though, like muscle has built up under the incisions in the skin.
I can’t believe how fast my body can patch itself up like that – at the same time, I was surprised at how long it took to get up and about again. Once it’s in the past, it’s very surreal to look back on. If you’re about to have surgery, I hope this picture series has helped give you an idea of what to expect, and I hope you’ll check out the rest of my blog for more information.