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Never Too Late for a Flat Stomach (surgery 7-10-12)

I am 53 and have wanted a better abdomen for about...

I am 53 and have wanted a better abdomen for about 5 years now. I am very short waisted and going thru menopause has not helped the issue. I want to look better in my clothes and get my figure back. I am overweight but my plastic surgeon feels I will still get an excellent result. I want to loose maybe 15 pounds after the surgery to firm up my legs and arms. I went to my pre-op appointment last week and got my scripts and instructions. I am ready to get it over with. I have learned so much from this site and have got my raised toilet seat and shower chair.:) I have several recliners so I believe I will use them to sleep in. My husband went with me to the pre-op and met my surgeon for the first time. They took the photos and took my payment, My husband really like my surgeon which made me feel better. My doctor is taking precautions against blood clots and will be giving me some blood thinners before the procedure. I am very healthy and no health issues. My doctor said I will not like him very much for several days after the surgery but will like the results. I am a little nervous as I am not looking forward to the drains and the pain. Sometimes beauty is pain.

Well. time is ticking away. I have been contacted...

Well. time is ticking away. I have been contacted by the surgery center and they asked routine questions regarding medical history and medications etc. My surgery is Tuesday and it is coming on fast. I am scheduled first thing if nothing changes at 6am. I hate reading all the paperwork that makes your nervous about all the risks including death, blood clots..ugg. I am already worried about complications. I guess you can't say they did not tell you so if something were to happen. :) I just cannot worry about the worst case situation. I have faith it will all work out fine. Life itself has risks and this is just another part of life. My husband is so supportive and has been helping me emotionally thru this. He wants me to be happy with how I look. Continue to keep me in your prayers on Tuesday. I have all my meds filled and I am ready to go. I am excited to see the result.

I had my tummy tuck yesterday morning . The pain...

I had my tummy tuck yesterday morning . The pain is not bad but I am swollen , I am sleeping in a recliner which helps. I have not looked at the incision yet. I plan on looking at it when I take a shower later. I have been told I am not drinking enough water but that is the only concern now. Not much of an appetite to eat much but I have to eat something before I take my pain pills. I will post more photos later this week.

Well I must say this has been very painful. It is...

Well I must say this has been very painful. It is hard to eat and hard to stay comfortable. I will save you from the gory stuff. I have one drain left and will probable keep it a few days. I have to have this binder on a certain way to stay halfway comfortable. I am swelling now and hope that goes away. I feel like a big wuss and just wish it was all over with. I have the shakes typing this. a bunch of pillows really help. I am off my narcs cause they made me sleep too long and constipated. I went on Loratabs and they are just as bad, so only taking Tylenol which increases my pain some. Hope this gets better.

Day 12 PO: Feeling ok. Compression garment is...

Day 12 PO: Feeling ok. Compression garment is killing me and still have my drain, Praying that will be gone tomorrow. Bruising and swelling have gone down but I still feel bloated. I have been eating fruit and drinking water to help with that. It is just frustrating to have so much removed and to feel like you weigh much more that before. I drove for the 1st time last Thursday and that was weird. My brain is still a little foggy at times. I am not on any pain medicine so I am not sure why I feel this way. The only meds are the antibiotics I am still taking from the PS to prevent infection. My drain output is low so we will see when that comes out. I am waiting to post any more photos until the drain is removed. I know the ones I have posted after the surgery are scary but believe me it is much better now. I am not that bruised and swollen any longer. The incision looks great and I do not think I will have much of a scar.I have had a strange day today where I was so exhausted I could not do anything but lay around and sleep. Maybe I overdid it earlier. My biggest fear is that I will not be able to get back my strength as quick as I had hoped. I am supposed to return to work on Weds this week but after today I am not sure if I can handle it. I guess I will have to take it one day at a time and maybe work part time a few days.

I got my drain out today! I am so happy....

I got my drain out today! I am so happy. Everything is looking good for 2 weeks out. I am going back to work on Weds, so we will see how it goes. Still a lot of swelling but it will go done hopefully in the next 4 weeks. I am switching over to a more comfortable garment tomorrow with my doctor's office ok.

Today I went back to the surgeon and had a seroma...

Today I went back to the surgeon and had a seroma drained 170cc. I feel better. i will probably have to go weekly until it stops producing fluid. This is a very common complication so I am not upset about it. I knew it was a possibility. Everthing else looks good. We are watching a couple of areas for the future to see what they look like once they soften up. He will fix any ridges with lipo if needed but we need to wait a 3-4 months to see how it resolves. I really am happy overall with the experience. I wanted to lose the fat I cannot lose in weight loss efforts and I will work on the other parts with diet and exercise once I can exercise again. This is not a fix for being over weight which I knew going into it. I just wanted to look better in my clothes and feel attractive again. This has been life changing for me and I do not regret having it done. Yes there are inconveniences as with any surgery and you have to understand that. I cannot wait until I can see the final result when all the swelling is gone and any touch ups are finished. My doc is very reassuring and easy to talk to. I have full confidence everything will be great once we get past all of the healing. The thing that is the hardest is to be patient with the healing process and to take it easy on yourself. As you can see from my surgery photo it looked brutal (lipo- I bruise easy) but my 3 week photo shows me without any bruising and with some swelling. What a difference. Pros- is I love seeing myself in the mirror now and feel so much better about my body. I look better in clothes and my body healed quicker than I thought. I feel pretty good at 3 weeks and am suprised how quickly I recovered. Cons- pain and discomfort as with any surgery and the emotional roller coaster during the first 2 weeks. Feeling helpless and dependent on someone else for several days and lack of energy and appetite.

I went back to my surgeon today to have my seroma...

I went back to my surgeon today to have my seroma above my BB drained. The output was 120cc so I will have to go back after my vacation to have it drained again. He advised not to worry about it as we will get it under control. I was hoping at 4 weeks all the bloating will be over. Overall though I am happy with the way I look. When we get the seroma resolved, I believe we will be good.

7 week checkup- I went in thinking I may still...

7 week checkup- I went in thinking I may still have fluid to be drained (seroma). He tried but nothing came out! Yea it has been absorbed so no more needles. Glad about that. I still have some swelling in my tummy but he said it should go down the next 6-8 weeks. i do not go back until October. He will take the photos then on my final result. Overall things are going well. I had a great time on vacation and high energy level. I feel like myself again. When I look at the before and what I look like now, I am amazed. I thanked my doc today for all he has done for me. This has been life changing for me and worth the expense. I just wish I had done it sooner is my only regret. :)

Well guys I am almost at 4 months. Feeling great!...

Well guys I am almost at 4 months. Feeling great! I still have numbness below my belly button down to my incision. My incision looks wonderful so no complaints there. I am going back to the Y to work out and try to lose some fat elsewhere on my my thighs and arms.. I still have some swelling around my BB and hoping that will be gone by 6 months. My family physician looked at my scar and thought it looked great. My dermatologist also said my scar looked good for the time it has had to heal. I still use Palmers cocoa butter oil on my scar and it continues to fade. No regrets here. I am glad I had the lipo and the extended tummy tuck because all the pain and discomfort was worth it in the end. I hope my review thus far has helped give folks considering the surgery a realistic expectation on what to expect. If you have any questions feel free to message me.
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon

Dr. David Klein in Concord. I found his website via the internet and contacted some former patients for their recommendation. He came highly recommended. He has an long established practice close to where I live. I felt comfortable with him from the day of our 1st consultation. The price of $11,000 includes the tummy tuck, liposuction of my waist and flanks, and the costs of the outpatient surgery center.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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