Body Image and Issues after Weight Loss - Plastic surgery?

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09-20-2013, 10:41 PM
Who's having what done where and for how much?

09-22-2013, 03:38 PM

09-22-2013, 04:32 PM
If I weren't afraid of surgery, doctors, and meds like I am, I would consider having a few nips and tucks done after I lose all that I want to lose. But alas, I'm too chicken.

09-22-2013, 04:59 PM
Once I am at goal, I would like to get my tummy done. It all depends how I look at that point. BUT a girlfriend just had her tummy done and the whole healing process looks so painful, so we shall see....I may chicken out.

cosmic wisdom
09-23-2013, 08:05 PM
Tummy tuck and Brazilian butt lift... moving that fat from the tummy to my backside in Dec 2014.

Already have 3 consultations scheduled in Nov 2013 and will have 2 more Dec 2013.

I figure if I'll be at goal around this Christmas and if I can maintain it will be an award for myself.

09-24-2013, 12:12 AM
Cosmic is it ok if I pm you? I was wondering who you are going to

cosmic wisdom
09-24-2013, 08:53 AM
Go ahead....I'll have more info to share after the consultations though. I can give you names now. But make sure you do your own research as well :)

09-25-2013, 05:28 PM
I went to a few doctors here in the SF Bay Area and am planning a tummy tuck for late January. I know the recovery is going to be hard - my mom is flying in from New Jersey to help me through it.

I can't live with the extra skin on my stomach - it is a pain to deal with when exercising and clothes don't fit me right!

09-25-2013, 06:08 PM
I had a brachioplasty (arm lift) in July. I'm in Massachusetts and it cost just under 5K (includes hospital fee, surgeon's fee and anthesiologist fee).


Having A LOT more done, but not til next year.

09-30-2013, 08:50 AM
I cannot have cosmetic surgery, but if I could, I would love to have some work done where the arm meets the body. (Like the arm pit) I had a weird conglomeration of fat there that bothers me relentlessly.

09-30-2013, 09:05 AM
MauiKai Have you considered one of those laser treatments, where the laser melts off the fat, but it is not surgery? A friend of a friend had it done on her arms and they are looking fabulous!

09-30-2013, 08:11 PM
i would LOVE to have fillers done in my face because for some reason i really have a hard time with what i look like after so much weight loss but i doubt i'll able to come up with the $$ :(

10-01-2013, 07:25 PM
I had a lower facelift (really mostly to get rid of the turkey neck) and lower eyelids two years ago. Cost was about $12,000.

Just had a tummy tuck four weeks ago. Cost was $6,800 (incuding a $440 discount for being a frequent flier!).

Both done by Dr. Martin O'Toole in Pasadena, CA. Super happy with him, his staff, and my results.

I think I'm done now. It's not cheap and it's not easy. But I feel like for me, getting my skin issues taken care of was the last piece of the puzzle and I'm really glad I was able to do it.

10-01-2013, 11:16 PM
Mlk58 how are you feeling after your TT. I'm planning on one 4/22/14

11-08-2013, 07:34 PM
I can't live with the extra skin on my stomach - it is a pain to deal with when exercising and clothes don't fit me right!

I was in the same situation. I had a TT done in Feb of 2013. It was difficult, costly, yet the best thing I have ever ever done for myself. I went thru a depression after dropping tons of weight, I still had skin, fat, stretch marks etc. I am not on that normally would do plastic surgery. I suffered from the pain of carrying around 10 lbs of skin hanging from my ab area, got constant infections under the flaps, couldn't find clothes that would fit my shape...and depressed for years after losing all that weight still hating the way I looked.

I would do it again in a second. I didnt have lipo, or any other things done. I ended up having to have the extensive surgery to repair several issues from abdominal prolapse and such I had the huge T incision. It was the scariest decision I made, but trusted the dr.

It was difficult physically but for so emotionally. I admit I also got the depression after surgery. You look at pics and want doesn't happen. You don't come out looking like a model, just a better you. I am just learning that. I have never been comfortable with my body but now I don't hate it.

I had already been at my goal weight for years when I decided to do the surgery. This latest increase in weight has come from health problem, bad back and my own eating. While I have gained from 150 to 172, you don't see much change at all. I just wish I had real expectations when I had the surgery and due to the weight loss and the way my body was after it I don't have perfect summitry.

11-09-2013, 02:30 PM
Mainecyn are you comfortable sharing pics?

11-09-2013, 03:34 PM
I would be, but I don't have my before and after pics from my surgeon yet. She took the before pictures at the hospital that day, and has taken pics at each visit.

I went every two weeks for several months for a visit. I see her again in Feb, it will be a year. I should be getting those pics. I do have a pic on my old phone taken before surgery, looking horrible, and then with my bandages. I can try to get those on to my computer.

I've kept them off the computer because I never wanted my husband to see the before pic.

I do have one side that to me is noticeably larger. It doesn't have extra fat or anything like that, its just fuller, and its on the left side at hip level. I had a fold in the muscle, a huge crease. It was noticeable before surgery as well and no matter how much she removed she could only do so much. I don't have "rolls" of fat standing, but that side poofs out a little more.

In all honesty, I hit a major depression after my surgery when I didn't see the results that I wanted to see, the one side being slightly bigger, not all stretch marks gone, not making it washboard tight. However, they can only do so much, skin will tear so will muscle, my age, the amount of weight lost. I am thankful and definatley would do it again but let me tell you. I had been at goal weihgt before surgery and stayed at it for months..then depression hit and I gained 30 lbs. All because I have obsessed over this one side not being as small as the other. I learned my lesson and woke up accepting the fact that some things can't be totally fixed but improved. I had this issue before surgery, the one side being larger than other. Is it still there, yes, is it anywhere like it was, **** no. Does anyone else really really notice it? Probably not. But it drove me over the edge.

I have spoke with a friend of mine from another site. She had hers done two years ago. She went thru the same thing, major depression when didn't get the results she dream t of, still had the issue of the skins over all appearance.Also, she didn't have the type of surgery I had, she had a basic tummy tuck. She still has loose muscle up and down her stomach. I got the T cut and while it scared me it is the best for people that have lost a great deal of weight. I also had two c-sections and a complete hysterc. done so I had already been cut across hip to hip three times.

I no longer have the back pain, can run and jump around without pain or flapping. I will never be a beauty queen, but I am 100% better than I ever was. It gave me self confidence I never had, has opened me up more with my spouse. I never ever would have had the surgery if I didn't have so much medical stuff going on due to hauling around that skin and the pain it gave. I also only had it because I had received money from a settlement. If I hadn't I never would have spent the money.

I would do it again in a second, for sure. It has changed me, made me the real me. I had lost all that weight and yet I still looked horrible and no one understood I was still hiding me in clothes and crying, depressed when i looked at myself.

The first night in the hospital wasn't too bad. The drive home, I went to Utah and I live in Wyoming, was horrible as well. I did ok when got home as long as I kept taking the pain meds and didn't let it wear off Those prescription pain meds will run out before the pain does. The first several days after I ran out of pain pills I cried, I sat in that stupid recliner chair and cried thinking I'd die. The drains, hurt like heck. I had two. They left scars but they do fade a bit. I had already had my kids, was married, and never a beach gower wearing bathing suits, so the scars really eventually didn't matter to me. I also told myself I could carry around those scars, of the 10 pounds of skin the dr removed..10 entire pounds.

My start weight really was similar to yours, I was 220+ and was 147 when I had my surgery. I had kept the majority of weight off for several years. Thats why I knew it was ok to go ahead with surgery.

11-09-2013, 04:07 PM
Mine is scheduled and dep has been paid $2100 still have 6000 to go before 4/22. I've stalled and I'm so worried I won't make it to goal weight before surgery. I think I have realistic goals. I by no means hope or want to be "skinny " I've always loved the slightly "thick" look. I just don't want the apron it's disheartening

11-09-2013, 06:39 PM
Yup, the apron is what I had removed as well it was horrible and gross

11-09-2013, 08:27 PM
I'd love to see pics. You can inbox me if that's easier