Patient Stories

Tummy Tuck Story - submitted by Vaneliz

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Share your story about why you considered and ultimately had cosmetic surgery.

I had 3 children and 2 C-sections, and I was very displeased about how my stomach had recovered. The skin was very stretched out, and as I aged I started accumulating weight around my middle, even though I exercise regularly and am otherwise in good shape. Finally, I decided to go for it and went for a consult. When I saw the photos that Dr. Sherman's staff took, I resolved to do it immediately since they so graphically showed how extremely distended my tummy was.

How did your friends and family feel about your decision to have a procedure?

My family was a bit scared since it is surgery and carries risks as all surgeries do. But they were mostly supportive and helped me tremendously afterwards.

How did 1800MySurgeon help you through the process of finding a qualified plastic surgeon?

1800mySurgeon pointed me towards Dr. Sherman and presented his credentials, showed his clean record, and I ended up using Dr. Sherman without seeing another doctor. His practice and his manner reassured me that he was the right choice.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

The pre-surgery procedure, including a full exam and the consult was very helpful. I opted to hire a nurse to help out for the hours immediately following the surgery and it was entirely worth it. The surgery went smoothly, but the surgical counselor did not fully reveal the amount of pain and discomfort I would experience afterwards. One really needs 24 hour care afterwards for at least 4 or 5 days, mostly to get out of bed. The muscle pain is considerable, but certainly not unbearable.

What advice would you give to another person considering your same procedure?

Prepare for considerable discomfort, make sure you have help afterwards and someone to care for you, and definitely take advantage of the nurse option. Mine was wonderful - sweet, patient, and completely professional.

How do you feel about your result?

I love my stomach now, and though the scar is pretty long and dark, I am hoping that with the silicon scar cover that it will fade alot. Also, for the first time in 40 years, I have a bellybutton!

find out more about this procedure: tummy tuck