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Hello, I am a 52 year old woman, mother, and wife,...

Hello, I am a 52 year old woman, mother, and wife, and have three children. Two of my children are adults living outside the home, and my youngest is nine, yea, I said nine, lol...All my life I have had a large belly, even at 100 lbs, which has been quite a while. I am 5'2, and 160 lbs. My surgery is on November 5, and I am getting cold feet as well as feeling guilty about spending such a large amount of money on myself, when we could use the money for other things. I also am concerned about the surgery because of my age, and I have Sjogrens Syndrome, which is a autoimmune disease. Does anyone else on here have an autoimmune disease and is getting a tummy tuck?

I cannot believe I posted before pics of my belly,...

I cannot believe I posted before pics of my belly, I am trully disgusted. I cannot wait to have my surgery done, I hope it meets all my expectations. Seeing before and after pics on this site, I felt compelled to show my true self. I figure if all you lovely ladies were brave enough to post your before pics so that others may benefit from them, I should do my part.

Ok, let me begin by letting everyone know I have...

Ok, let me begin by letting everyone know I have THE most wonderful husband in the world, lol....He loves me very much, always helpful, and does most of the household chores, takes care of our 9 year old daughter, and works a full time job and never complains.

Now the bad part! This morning I asked him if he wanted to see something disgusting, and he said to me no, not another tummy tuck surgery. I said no, not another surgery, just look. I showed him some before pics on this site, and he said ewe with a yucky face, and I said, WELL, YOU ARE LOOKING AT ME! THIS IS WHY I WANT A TUMMY TUCK, I TOLD HIM. Now I remind you, this is from a man who always tells me I am beautiful. We both looked at each other, my eyebrow lifted, and laughed till we cried.

Well, I am so excited this morning, I have lost 7...

Well, I am so excited this morning, I have lost 7 pounds so far, and hope to lose as much as I can before my surgery. I just want to say again, how much I enjoy reading all the reviews, seeing all the before and after pics, on this site. Everyday I read someones story is one more day I look forward to my surgery.

Almost only 4 weeks to go and I have so many mixed...

Almost only 4 weeks to go and I have so many mixed feelings, sometimes I feel like I am losing it, lol...I do know, however, I will be doing this procedure, and I do know that I will feel so much better about my appearance. It's just that I can't believe I'm really doing this, ahahahaha. My nerves sometimes get the best of me, and I say to myself, what am I crazy doing a tt, I don't need it, my hubby loves me just the way I am. Well, I don't love me just the way I am. I want to look and feel younger and healthier. I want this!

As my surgery gets closer, I get more scared, and...

As my surgery gets closer, I get more scared, and second guess myself all the time. As soon as I come on these pages, all my doubts are gone with the wind, lol...When I see and read so many ladies happy with their results, it gives me confidence I am making the right desicion. I am scared about recovery, but then who knows how I will be. I went out last week and purchased my self a pair of hot pink skinny jeans, even though I they were real tight in the waiste, I bought them anyway, lol...I am 52 years young, but my husband thinks Im losing my mind, lol

Well, three more weeks until I get my tt, it's...

Well, three more weeks until I get my tt, it's becomming real. I had my pre op yesterday, I felt so much better after asking all my questions to my PS. I am very confident in his skills, and looking forward to a flat tummy. I have decided to rent a hospital bed out for the month, this way I don't have to keep my husband up in the evening if I cannot sleep. I had my blood work done, EKG, all the good stuff, and now I get to play the waiting game, lol...I am hoping my back issues will lessen from this surgery also.

Two more to go and I will be on the flat side,...

Two more to go and I will be on the flat side, yea!!!!! I just paid my balance in full, picked up some things at Wallmart yesterday, like MOM, Tums, protein bars, Wipes, and my hospital bed is comming on the Friday before my surgery. I have to confess, I have been eating like a freaking pig lately NOT GOOD! I am hoping after my surgery, I will lose some weight, because I will be pumped by a flat tummy, and will not have much of an appetite! I was wondering if anyone else has been eating more than usual before their surgery? I am getting so excited, after all these years, my stomach will be flat, hopefully this will relieve some of the back pain I live with, and make me feel happier about myself.

Well, my hospital bed is comming tommorrow, my...

Well, my hospital bed is comming tommorrow, my docs office called to.confirm my surgery on Momday. THIS IS REAL! I am so ready to do this, and so Freaking.scared I won't wake up. On top of all this, most of my friends are without power due to Sandy, and I have been housing several families. I'm going to lose my mind shortly. All i was lookimg forward to this week was getting my house in order, and having a nice, quiet weekemd before I go in for surgery. i feel guilty about feeling so selfish, bit that's how I fefeel. I really don't want anyone here when I am recovering, does that sound awful?

Today is Friday, my surgery is on Monday,...

Today is Friday, my surgery is on Monday, yeaaaaaaaa. I just recieved my surgery time, I have to be there at 6:30 and my surgery will be at 8:30. I am going to the dollar store tommorrow for a basket to keep all my goodies in, I purchased protein bars, MOM, Arnica, Tums, wipes, Burts Bees for my lips. I have my water bottle and my hospital bed will arrive tonight. This is real, I am excited that I finally get to do this, it has been something I have always dreamed about, and now it is so real.

I went shopping today, purchased xl granny panties, sweats, and a pair of skinny jeans in a smaller size, lol...I am keeping the receipt just in case they don't fit, lol

I do have a question, when do I start taking the Arnica pill? Tommorrow I will go food shopping for some healthy foods, and Sunday I will clean like a freak!

One more day, and I am stressing really bad. My...

One more day, and I am stressing really bad. My surgery is tommorrow at 8:30, I will be at the hospital at 6:30. I am staying overnight in the hospital, and cannot wait until this is over with. I feel like these last few months have been all about my tummy tuck. I have my hospital bed set up, my basket of goodies, and taking my Arnica pills. I have just finished sterilizing my entire house, lmao....I don't know why, because I will be upstairs in my room for awhile. The floors r clean, bathrooms done, sheets changed, window sills cleaned, laundry finished, dishes cleaned, I even cleaned the electrc outlets, lmao.....I'm losing it for sure.

My husband is going food shopping now, because I am to tired to move off my couch. I have Sjogrens Syndrome, which is a autoimmune disease, and stress triggers my flare up, and oh yea, it's started. Every muscle in my body hurts, and my migrane is here.

One question, though may sound silly, but I have noticed in alot of after pics, ladies wearing sports bras. Is there a reason for that, and do I need to run out and get one.

I am sitting on my living room couch, wondering am...

I am sitting on my living room couch, wondering am I freaking crazy for doing this. I have to admit, I am not a person who gets all weepy, and nervous, but this has gotten me so frigging stressed out. All I want to do is get some meds to calm my nerves, fall asleep, and wake up on the flat side. My kids are calling me up, I know I have stressed them out, they are worried. My oldest daughter is doing her clinicals for nursing, and she is telling me to do this and that, make sure my hands are clean when I drain, lalalalala. She is really nervous, maybe more than I am, lol

Ok, well, going to take a zanax and try to get some rest tonight. I will post when I can, wish me luck ladies!

Well ladies, I did it, now the.fun.stuff.begins. I...

Well ladies, I did it, now the.fun.stuff.begins. I will make this.short, all doped up on morphine right.now, lol....my.nurse came on a.few.secomds.ago to tell me she will come back att
10 to take me for a.walk :/I must admit, its really not that bad. I can't wait to see my.belly, I'm stuffed im.a.comression garment right now. All o want to.do is slleep. I will try to take.pics tommorrow, going back to sleep now

PO day one, really tired and swollen. I have been...

PO day one, really tired and swollen. I have been drinking a lot of water, and my.PS wants me walking every hour.to prevent blood clots. My drains will stay in until next Tuesday, and my.compression.garment also. I want to tale a peek.so.bad, lol....the one thimg I'm grateful for is my descision to rent a hospital bed. I still can't believe I went through with this, its a dream I have.always been looking forward.to

Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so...

Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so bad. My head OS pounding, I'm sore.and.I.just.can't get.comfortable. all o want to do is sleep, but i have been gettimg up and walking to the bathroom. PS says to wall hunched over ever hour, my back is very sore. Is the swelling normal?

Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so...

Day 2 PO, TtT with MR and I'm totally feeling so bad. My head OS pounding, I'm sore.and.I.just.can't get.comfortable. all o want to do is sleep, but i have been gettimg up and walking to the bathroom. PS says to wall hunched over ever hour, my back is very sore. Is the swelling normal?

When can o expect to have. BM? My surgery was on...

When can o expect to have. BM? My surgery was on the 5 th of November, and I have.not gone.yet. I am so swollen still, and my.back is killing me from all this hunching over. I am drinking alot of water, so I am urinatimg come, but I'm wondering if I should take some MOM. I really wish I wasn't so swollen, I don't thinly o look any different with this compression garment on.

Today is day 4 PO, and I am still very swollen. ...

Today is day 4 PO, and I am still very swollen. The one good thing is that I took some MoM early last evening, and I had my first BM. I felt so much better afterward. Today, everytime I eat, I have to go, ugh...I felt very tight today, so took a pain pill and I feel ok. My daughter is comming to see me tommorrow, and she is so dissapointed she cant change my bandages, she is in her clinicals for nursing, lol....she wants me to be her guinne pig! The one thing that really stinks is that I can't see how I look because my PS said he will see me on Tuesday and take my drains out and change my bandages. I just hope that the swelling goes down some, I am getting scared that I am not going to look like I anticipated.

I am also wondering if I am confusing tightness with swelling. Other than that, my pain level is fine, and I am looking forward to the weeks to come.

Goodmorning everyone! It has been 5 days after my...

Goodmorning everyone! It has been 5 days after my surgery, and as you can see from some of my after pics, I am really swollen. I haven't seen what's under this damn binder yet, so I'm hoping there is a lot of padding, lol...I'm getting anxious to have my life back. I'm tired of laying in our guest room, this is where the hospital bed was set up. I want to do things like maybe pick up a laundry basket, of take a Freaking shower! WOW, NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LONG TO PICK UP A LAUNDRY BASKET, LMAO.

Anyway, I'm feeling a little better each day, just needed to vent this morning.

Today is day 6 PO for me. I woke up this morning...

Today is day 6 PO for me. I woke up this morning feeling like my old self, wow, finally! I have been posting about how swollen I am, this morning, I could see that there will be some light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. I felt smaller, flatter, and actually washed my hair today. Ahhhh, the little things in life that make you happy. I have to say that before I had my tt, my eating habits were horrible, chips, junk, carbs, yea, all of it. Now, after going through all of this, and spending so much money, I have changed my poor eating habits. No more salt, no junk, and I am eating alot of fresh fruits and veggies. Drinking alot of water, and I am feeling more healthy, even with the tt surgery. So, to some of you who have the same issues with bloating, I realize now that eventually it will go down:)))))

Hi everyone, today is first day I get to actually...

Hi everyone, today is first day I get to actually what is underneath this compression garment! I will post pics later, well, maybe, lol...I am so hoping to get these drains out and take a shower. Wish me luck please.

So, my drains are out and I have the ok to shower,...

So, my drains are out and I have the ok to shower, thank God, lol....Funny thing though, I am so tired from today that I am going to wait until morning to shower. I was thinking that I would run in the shower, but I'm going to in the morning. I have to say, it did hurt a little getting the drains out, but it was quick. I got to see my stomach, and it looks good. Still swollen, but my doc said that it will take time for it to be flat, maybe months. He was happy with the results and so am I. He said that when I was on the table, I was very flat, so time will tell.

I took my first shower today, 9 days PO, I feel...

I took my first shower today, 9 days PO, I feel and smell so good! I am not going to post pics yet, I am still swollen, and want to wait a few weeks before I do that. I am very happy with my results, seeing myself in the mirror with a new bellybutton and belly was very strange.I couldn't stop looking at myself.

Hi everyone, just updating for today, I feel...

Hi everyone, just updating for today, I feel stronger and stronger every day. I am still swollen, my mid section looks like Frankenstein stitched together, lol...I am 10 days PO, still swollen alot. I see pics of women on here who are like 3 days PO, and they look so great, flat, shaped, I don't understand why I am still bloated looking. I guess age, body shape, and everybody is different. I just can't wait to I am seriously happy with my results, I see them comming, just impatient I guess.

Good Morning Everyone, I know I am getting better,...

Good Morning Everyone, I know I am getting better, when I start to complain about my husbands talent for house cleaning, lol...OMG, he did the wash this morning, shoved so many clothes in their that some of the sheets remained dry, didn't even get wet, ugh...I had to run them, take half out, re-wash! I consider myself somewhat OCD. My dad used to tell me I was going to end up in a nut house pushing a broken vaccum, lmao! I am feeling well today, still swollen (OF COURSE), but feeling stronger everyday.

I was just wondering how some ladies on here go to work wearing their binder? I don't think I could fit my clothes over it. I don't work, but just curious.

I just want to say that if you have been reading...

I just want to say that if you have been reading my posts, you will see how many times I have complained about being swollen, about being scared I won't see the results I expect. Well, each day I see a small difference, which allows me to be hopeful that in time, I will get to where I want to be. It is going to take months of healing, and this is not a procedure to be taken lightly. A Tummy tuck is a big deal. On the days that I feel good, and I want to do everything, I know I can't, that I need to heal. I have Sjogrens Syndrome, so not being able to do all that I want to do is a feeling I have adjusted my lifestyle to. So, happy healing to everyone, and take it slow, that's my advice for the day, lol

I am 12 days PO, this morning I felt really good,...

I am 12 days PO, this morning I felt really good, I felt that some of the swelling was down, and now, surprise, it's back! I took a pic of my little basket ball, lol...

I have a few questions, does anyone else suffer...

I have a few questions, does anyone else suffer from heartburn since their surgery? I have terrible heartburn every time I eat. I am looking to purchase a compression garment, any reccommendations?

Hi, I am now 13 days PO, and still swollen, each...

Hi, I am now 13 days PO, and still swollen, each day getting better and better. I have been experiencing some tightness in my belly, it actually feels like my muscles are getting tighter and tighter each day, is this normal? Does anyone else feel like this?

Hi everyone, I have not been on to much lately,...

Hi everyone, I have not been on to much lately, just busy with holiday stuff. Well, yesterday I purchased aout 30 compression garments, and tried them on today, to see which I would keep. OMG, I feel like a stuffed sausage, lol...I have it narrowed down to 5. Can anyone tell me how tight they should be, because I am not comfortable in any of them. My back fat is all yukky, lol...

Well, today I woke up with terrilble back pain,...

Well, today I woke up with terrilble back pain, and I thought my tt would relieve some of it, but I guess I was wrong. I chalk it up to my AI disease. I am moving around more, but think I need to slow it down a bit, as I can feel my body telling me to rest. My scar is doing great, it's really low, even, and skinny, thank goodness. I am still swollen, but flatter than directly after my surgery. I know now that with time, I will see results. I do however have one problem, every time I eat, I have to run to the bathroom, anyone else have this problem.

Well, it has been 21 days since my surger, and I...

Well, it has been 21 days since my surger, and I am still swollen. I think it has gone down some, but I wish I could see the results I want NOW, lol...I have been doing more and more around the house, shopping, ect...I am feeling good, I just get tired quickly. When I am on my feet to much, I really feel it and know that it is time to sit down and relax. I posted some new pics, but as you can see, I am still swollen. I was hoping to wear a bikini this Christmas, as I am going on vacation, but it looks like I will be wearing this freaking binder under my one piece, lol...

Good Morning to everyone! Ok, I am 23 days po,...

Good Morning to everyone! Ok, I am 23 days po, and still don't feel like I want to, I expected to have a flat tummy, and I am still swollen. I can obvisiouly see the difference from my before and after pics, but it is not what I was expecting. I am getting frustrated and depressed. Is anyone else as swollen as I am at 23 days po? If I do not get the results I want, I am going to ask my doc to do lipo.

I just wanted to post that I woke up this morning,...

I just wanted to post that I woke up this morning, down a pound, lol....but my stomach was slightly, just slightly less swollen. I know by the time I eat breakfast, it will be swollen again. I am hoping this is a sign of good things to come. Have a great day everyone, happy healing and good luck to all those waiting for there time.

Hello, I had my 4 week visit yesterday, and as...

Hello, I had my 4 week visit yesterday, and as most of you know, I have not been real happy with my results. I do see a big difference than my before pics, but not the difference I was expecting. I expressed this to my PS, and he said that in time, it will get better, trust him. I do trust him, he is a excellent surgeon. He did point out how less swollen I was yesterday than the previous visit which was 2 weeks before, and he is right.

I may have an infection, and he put me on 875 mg every 12 hours just to be safe. My scar has some redness in one section, and is somewhat painful. I also purchased Kelo-cote silicone gel for my scar, per his reccommendation. I asked him about Cocoa Butter, and he smiled at me and shook his head. He is not the kind of doc to make someone spend money when it is not necessary, I like this about him.

So, today I was also down 3 more pounds, but yesterday I was up 2, lmao....What a ride this is.

I just posted new pics, 5 weeks, 3 days PO and my...

I just posted new pics, 5 weeks, 3 days PO and my swelling is going down a little. I had a little scare last week, my doc thought I may be heading toward an infection, because of redness and some leakage out of my scar, so I was put on antibiotics for 7 days, and all is good now. I am please to say I do not have an infection. I just told my husband that next year, I am getting a BL, he just looked at me, no answer, just looked, lmao....

Today I am updating because I want everyone to...

Today I am updating because I want everyone to know that this surgery is a "Big Deal". Sure, I was not in alot of pain at all afterward, I expected much worse. It's the recovery that is a long and tedious process, especially if you are impatient like me. The first day after my surgery I came home, and all I could think of is what I looked like. Is my tummy flat? Is it what I envisioned in my mind. I felt swollen, big, and very uncomfortable. One week later, my drains were out, and I finally got to see what was underneath my binder. I was not happy. I was dissapointed. I read other peoples reviews on here, looked at pics, and thought, wow, they look great. WHY DON'T I LOOK THAT FLAT? Well Ladies, my PS said not to worry, it takes up to 6 months to see the final results. In my mind I was thinking, yea, sure, it's just my luck to have a tt, spend all this money, and come out still with a belly.

Well, it is not approximately 6 weeks PO, and I am finally seeing results. My doc was right, it takes time. I am so flat this morning, but I know come 12:00 this afternoon, little by little, I will become swollen again. The good part about it is I know it is not my final result, because every day that passes, I see a difference. So ladies, please be patient, if you are still swollen, not happy, give it some time, it takes time.

Well, I am a little over 6 weeks PO, and off to...

Well, I am a little over 6 weeks PO, and off to Sunny Florida tommorrow. I went to see my PS today, and he loves my results, and so do I, lol...I am still very swollen, but he assured me that within 5 months I will see a big difference. So, that was good news, now for the bad news, no hot tub, no swimming for the first week of our vacation, no bike riding, UGH....oh, and no sun burn. I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and New Year.

Swollen like I'm going to pop, ugh! I am 7 weeks...

Swollen like I'm going to pop, ugh! I am 7 weeks PO, and vacationing for the Holidays. The more I walk, the more swollen I become. I feel like I am going to pop. I still get very full after I have a meal, and blow up like a baloon, when will it ever end, lol...

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy...

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I have been on vacation for the past two weeks, and between over eating, and the sun, and my Sjogren's Syndrome, I have just about had it. My belly is so swollen from walking, my diet has been just crappy, and I am so, so tired. I followed doctors orders, I put sunscreen on my scar and tummy area so not to burn the skin around my tuck, I stayed out of the pool and hot tub, well I never really do the hot tub anyway, loaded with germs, lol...I am almost 8 weeks PO, and still swollen like a balloon, but I know that when I get home, and get back on track with my eating habits, I will look and feel fabulous, lol...I did buy a new bathing suit this year, but it was a one piece. I am really looking forward to buying a knock out bikini this summer.
I will post pics when I get home and deflate somewhat, lol

Well, It's official, I am a food junkie, lol...I...

Well, It's official, I am a food junkie, lol...I gained 6 pounds on my vacation, and I am so discusted with myself. I have an appt. with my PS in two weeks, and better be six pounds lighter, lol...I am still wearing my binder night and day, I feel most comfortable when I am wearing it. I will post new pics when I get rid of the extra pounds.
Lancaster Plastic Surgeon

I did alot of research on the internet, and I also asked my other doctors who is a good surgeon in the area, and they all said his name. Dr. Herman is the Chief of PS in my area, and also has an office on 5th Avenue in NYC. I was very comfortable with him, I found him very honest and down to earth. He did an excellent job on my tt, my scar is very low, perfect actually. He is a very caring doctor, and I would highly reccommend him. He is not one of those doctors that tells u to purchase all this high end stuff, he is down to earth and trully cares about his patients.

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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I had surgery by Dr. Charles Herman also. Found your review to be very helpful before I finally chose him. I had seen 3 other surgeons before going with him for my surgery. I had a breast lift done. Really happy. Like you said, it takes some time for the swelling to go down and healing. But worth it. Did a lot of research on this doctor too. I have referred him at least 3 of my friends. I know that 2 already had surgery with Dr. Herman and are really happy. One traveled from North Carolina and says it was worth it
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I am 10 days post op and have been nothing but depressed since surgery as I am not on the flat side. Your pictures and posts have given me hope that I too will get better and to have more patience and faith. THANK YOU for giving me back some sunshine and hope.....
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Glad to see you back and on track!
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Hi nanny, hope you are doing well, just thinking of you!
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Hi G! I am still swelling too by the end of each day. It was worse over Christmas when i was eating crappy. Every day is still getting better! Once you get back on your diet you will feel great!
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I ate so much junk I'm sick to my stomach! I think I need another tummy tuck, lmao....not in vacation mode anymore, I am going food shopping tommorrow and only healthy food from now on.
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What scar therapy are you using?
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I purchased bio oil and I rub that on, I also bought something my PS recommended, keylo something, o cant remember the name, I will post it when I get.home, it packed. It was pricy, but o had a coupon for $3.00 off and I re wives another $5.00 for being a great Wallgreens customer, lol...its a really small tube.
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I'm using bio oil and vitamin k it's working great! :)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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Just read this jjisott, thank you. I hope you also had a great Christmas
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Have an excellent vacation!!! Enjoy yourself and enjoy wearing cute clothes!!! Merry Christmas and happy and Healthy 2013 =).
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Thanks, nomorespanxs, I am leaving to come home tommorrow, and cannot wait to get back on track on my diet, ugh!!! I was good, followed the doctors orders and put sunblock over my scar and tummy area, wore a one piece, and stayed out of the water until the last day. Hope you had a great Christmas
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Hope you can have a yummy drink with an umbrella. Do have fun! I am 6 weeks tomorrow, will post pictures. Tonight I feel 3 months prego.
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Thanks BuffyR, I just ask for a Margarita without the salt, lol....I just had a slice of pizza, and also feel prego, ugh
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I know the feeling I'm swelling again I wonder if my surgery yesturday has something to do with it!!!!
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Sounds yummy nanny!!!
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Good advise! I will be 6 weeks po tomorrow and there are days i am flat and look great, but even still there are days that i swell and feel like my hips are big and floppy. It takes time. Activity, diet, water consumption all of it factors in every day as you recover! It IS a process!
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it sure is, nomorespanxs, lol...by the way, you look great you tiny little thing, lol
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Are you exercising already?
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Lol :)
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Thank you that helps ALOT!!
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Glad that you are feeling good and are starting to see the results. Yes, the final results should be in about 6 months. You are looking really good!!!!
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Life is good! Glad you are feeling better, and practicing patience! Hope to see more pictures soon.
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Sure is BuffyR, and you are 100% correct, it does take patience, alot, lol...and that's something I have to work on :)
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