Body Image and Issues after Weight Loss - Excess skin removal surgery scheduled!!!

03-29-2012, 06:00 PM
I have scheduled my surgery to have the excess skin removed!!! I am so excited and so nervous! I will be have a full circumferential, which means they cut all the way around to not only get the skin on my abdomen and hips, but it will also mean a butt and outer thigh life (although I have very little extra skin on my outer thighs - my body just does not carry it that way).

The doc expects to remove 8-10 pounds of skin and will be lipo-ing more.

03-29-2012, 06:21 PM
I am so happy for you! I can't even imagine how excited you are. I wish you the best experience and the speediest of recoveries! Please tell us all about it when you are done! :)

03-29-2012, 06:27 PM
Congrats!!! That is amazing! Make sure you come back to tell us how it went!

03-29-2012, 06:36 PM
So great!!! I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible, with as easy as possible a recovery as well!! and then onto a whole new you!
I remember reading your 200-pound post and just read your blog... Thank you for sharing your story there, what an incredible couple of years it has been for you!

04-04-2012, 01:34 PM
So glad for you, hope everything goes well!!

04-17-2012, 11:35 AM
So basically, you're at goal!! CONGRATS!

04-17-2012, 11:38 AM
That is so exciting! Hope you have a speedy recovery and see the results you want! Good luck!

04-17-2012, 11:50 AM
Come back and tell us all about it. We want facts !

04-17-2012, 01:59 PM
Best of luck for you and hopefully you'll have a quick healing process!!!!

04-17-2012, 03:10 PM
Congratulations! I read your blog and must say you're an inspiration.


04-17-2012, 03:11 PM
So happy for you - all the best!

04-17-2012, 10:08 PM
Thanks everyone! The surgery is tomorrow! I'll let everyone know how it goes. The doctor has repeatedly told me that I'll have a completely flat stomach. That is so hard for me to believe!

I still see myself as weighing over 200 pounds. My brain hasn't yet caught up to my body!

04-18-2012, 05:22 PM
wow i am breathless reading this! I am also considering this... I have gone from 260 to 160... I also notice a lot of loose wrinkly skin on my boobs (but I think that surgery is harder to do...)

anyways I might schedule a consultation... I would be interested to hear how yours goes. I hope you are doing ok!!!


04-19-2012, 02:37 PM
Just letting everyone know that surgery went off without a hitch. I'm very uncomfortable and sore but not in severe pain. The pain pump helps that.

Details will follow...

04-19-2012, 03:01 PM
Just letting everyone know that surgery went off without a hitch. I'm very uncomfortable and sore but not in severe pain. The pain pump helps that.

Details will follow...

So glad it's done and went without a hitch. Continued healing vibes being sent your way!!!

04-19-2012, 03:29 PM
Have a swift recovery! Glad things went well :)

04-20-2012, 09:55 AM
So glad it went well! I hope that you stay out of pain and enjoy your new belly :)

04-20-2012, 03:48 PM
Anyone who wants updates and gross pics, please check out my blog.

Pacifica Bee
04-26-2012, 06:19 PM
Thanks so much for posting this and blogging it. I have a consultation in a few weeks. I'm terrified. I don't know if I am actually going to go through with surgery or not, so this is my first step. I appreciate being able to see what I might be getting myself in to.

04-26-2012, 09:57 PM
Oh wow! Good luck at the consult. By then you'll have seen before and afters of me - I think I'm am just realizing what an incredible difference this is going to make in my body and my life.

Hope my blog is giving you an honest picture of what it's like so far.

04-26-2012, 10:44 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Huge congrats to you!

04-26-2012, 10:50 PM
Hope you are sleeping better and feeling better and better. It's hard to look at pictures, but it's good you are sharing them as this is a reality many of us have to decide on - excess skin or not.

04-27-2012, 08:20 AM
Wishing you a continuing speedy recovery and thank you for sharing :)

05-02-2012, 11:49 AM
I just posted before and afters of the surgery on my blog if anyone is interested!

05-02-2012, 12:03 PM
You look so completely amazing! AMAZING and look great in that bikini!!! You got it so flaunt it!!!!

05-02-2012, 12:13 PM
I agree! You look amazing! Rock the bikini! :)

05-02-2012, 01:24 PM
Thanks for posting so much detail on your blog! You look amazing :)

05-02-2012, 01:25 PM
You look wonderful! Really, thanks so much for posting the pictures and experience, you are helping a lot of people to understand what to expect when they're making their decisions. That's awesome of you!

05-02-2012, 10:41 PM
Cherrypie: I went to your blog and saw the pictures and the transformation is incredible not just the surgery but also your weight loss you should be so proud of yourself because losing that amount of weight is truly astonishing. You also said that you don't have a bikini body but I disagree even with stretch marks you look amazing and I think the suit you chose is really well suited to your new body shape. I think you look amazing and should flaunt that body like no tomorrow because you have worked hard for it!

05-03-2012, 12:47 AM
You look incredible...truly. And happy! :)

05-03-2012, 03:22 AM
You look gorgeous in your bikini! and SOOO happy! Thank you for sharing this journey with us. You are a strong, brave, beautiful woman and you are gonna be making all the boys drool at the beach this summer :p

05-18-2012, 12:06 PM
Thank you for sharing your blog. You are such an inspiration!

Smart Girl
05-19-2012, 11:27 PM
Congrats CherriePie! I followed your blog all the way to the day of my surgery. 10 May 2012. I'm home healing but feel I've known what to expect all along the because of you. I had a massive hernia & that is causing greater discomfort. I took your lead on the pain pump. So glad I did.

All this hard work is even better.

Smart Girl
05-19-2012, 11:33 PM
I didn't have the the 360. I was scheduled for a panniculectomy with hernia repair & muscle tightning. When I woke up from anesthesia my doctor told me that I ended up pretty much have a full abdominalplasty as my hernia was so big he had to remove additional skin to compensate for the abdominal skin. I looked 7 months pregnant because of the hernia. 10 days out & I'm still having trouble getting up. I tire easy & am quite uncomfortable right before the meds.

05-23-2012, 08:27 PM
Hi Smartgirl!

How is your recovery going? I am so glad you were able to get the hernia repaired - tht is going to make such a difference!!


Smart Girl
05-24-2012, 09:36 PM
Hi CherryPie! Recovery is going ok. It's 2 weeks out today. I still have two of my drains, a center one and a left one over my left thigh. Saw doc today. He removed some staples but left about half. I am still 50 pounds away from a normal weight so they take different precautions. I feel like in these past two weeks I've been living in a different world.
How are you doing? Your belly butyon looks good.
Smart Girl

4 keeps
09-16-2012, 11:34 PM
Cherrypie...I just read your blog posts and saw your pictures! Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us!

09-18-2012, 12:14 PM
I don't think of myself as inspirational, but I'm so glad you found value in my blog!