100 lb. Club - Has anyone considered having any tucks after??
07-23-2003, 03:46 PM
Has anyone else thought about having a tummy tuck after they are at goal? I am worried cause i had so much to lose that my skin wont shrink back enough to look reasonably normal. I know that some insurances will cover skin removal after weightloss surgery but i dont know about after dieting weight loss.
07-23-2003, 05:12 PM
Hi! I definetly want to have something done when I reach my goal. Now, being able to afford it is another question. But if it is at all possible I will get it done because no matter what I do I will never be able to get rid of this extra skin on my own. Time to start saving!
07-23-2003, 05:13 PM
its hit or miss in terms of insurance. i already have loose skin and i know it is only going to get worse.
i'll probably get the surgery at some point down the line...most doctors would require that you maintain your goal weight for at least 6 months before they perform the surgery.
I remember there being a few threads about this in the past on this forum (with lots of usefull information and links).
07-23-2003, 06:46 PM
I would like to but I don't know if I ever would. I'm married and my wife does not care about such things so the motivation is not as great as it could be. I just want to look decent in my clothes. As long as I can do that I'm fine. I don't know if I would be willing to take the risk involved with any surjury just to get some excess skin removed.
07-23-2003, 07:07 PM
I think that I will have to have some plastic surgery after I am done my weight loss journey. My highest weight was 413 and, although with exercise I am toning quite a bit, I see some extra stuff not coming together. I still have quite a bit to go but thinking practically I will most likely need this.
My sister just told me that most insurance companies will pay for plastic surgery after extreme weight loss because you can have health problems from hanging extra skin. She read it in her new Blue Cross/Blue Shield manual. So, it may be something to check out with your insurance company.
07-23-2003, 07:34 PM
Just to start you off, Julie. Or you can do a search on Excess Skin or Loose Skin, up at the top where all the buttons for journals & stuff are.
07-23-2003, 07:35 PM
Oh Gosh i hope so cause i dont want to lose all this weight and look hot is clothes then look like a elderly basset hound when naked if my skin doesnt shrink on its own!
07-23-2003, 07:42 PM
Yeah, I don't want people calling me Shar-Pei behind my back, hahahahaha
07-23-2003, 07:54 PM
Thanks Aimee! I still have a long way to go and a long time to think about it. My sister is having WLS on september 3rd and she is looking at info on it too. I just hope before then insurance approval will get easier to obtain so that if i need it i wont have to pay for it all.
I'm not going to kill myself losing weight and then look like a Sharpei (one of those wrinkle dogs) afterwards. I want to be able to wear one of those little crop tops and show off my flat belly.
In Ontario the health care system will cover a tummy tuck IF you keep the weight off for a year.
07-24-2003, 04:24 PM
Tummy tuck - Yep!!
Arms & thighs - If necessary.
Boob lift - Oh ya!!! ;)
When I make it, I don't care if insurance covers it or not. I will hock the house to have it done!!
07-24-2003, 04:38 PM
I would love to have it ALL done!!! I can already tell that I'm going to have lots of extra skin, but our insurance doesn't cover it, and it's WAY expensive. I'll just have to live with it, but I know my DH doesn't care (he hasn't even noticed or said a word that I've lost over 130 pounds!!), and I'm sure I'll still look better in my clothes and definitely be healthier. I'll have to settle for that.
07-24-2003, 05:06 PM
Ok - none of my business, but your telling me that you have lost 130 lbs and hubby has not said one word. I'm sure there is no way he could have not noticed. You've lost a whole person!!
What does he say about the fact that you eat differently that the rest of the family??
07-24-2003, 05:12 PM
He doesn't say anything at all. He gets frustrated because he wants to go out to places like Carlos O'Kellys, and I'll only go to Applebees because I know I can get a half a chicken salad there. He knows I'm dieting and working hard, and I tell him how much I've lost, but he never says a word.
It's frustrating to me to say the least, but he doesn't seem to care. I even said to him the other day, "I've lost 130 pounds and you haven't even noticed," and he said, "I've noticed," but that's it.
I don't what it will take any more to get his attention, but my teenager daughters are really supportive and helpful and of course you guys are all great, so I don't feel like I'm in this alone.
07-24-2003, 06:21 PM
I haven't noticed much loose skin, but then I have only lost about half of what I need to lose. I figure saggy skin comes with the age anyway. :) Plus my DH doesn't care.
My son was telling me that he and his wife are starting the Atkins diet. They are both 30, and, yeah, she gained a bit after having a baby, but she's maybe a 6 or 8 instead of a 2 or something like that. And my son has always looked great. So I told him that I was miffed because nobody noticed I'd lost 47 lbs., and since we're seeing him Sunday (he lives out-of-state, but is coming to a city near us), he better say something! He assured me that he would start working on his speech right after we hung up. He better!
I know my DH doesn't say much because he's afraid to. I think it's the thing about if he says I look good now, then he'll be implying I didn't 47 lbs. ago. It's kind of funny to watch him squirm around that! :)
07-24-2003, 06:26 PM
funny that this should come up... i saw the plastic surgeon last friday. and he agrees that every thing i want to have done is 'functional' and not cosmetic. i'm getting infections in my belly button because the skin just hangs... sorry to tell the truth here. [and note to howie: it's NOT about cosmetics when you've lost as much as you will - it's about infections in the skinfolds!!!!]
and my thighs have that shar-pei thing going on, and the left thigh is bigger than the right, with a wad of skin that overhangs my knee [another infection site] and let's not talk about the south-pointing breasts that make my back and neck ache so badly that i've learned to ignore the pain until i see either the chiropractor or the massage therapist!!!
so the answer is YES. and the issue is insurance coverage. it'll be easier for me because i've had the bypass surgery, but that's no slam dunk by any means. the surgeon said that getting as many docs as possible to write letters will help.
so, bottom line, i want to lose another 20 pounds, and then start the process. i figure that i'll be close to the total of 30 i have to lose, and then with the 20-25 that the surgeon estimates will come off, I'LL BE AT GOAL!!!!!!
07-24-2003, 06:37 PM
mthergoose-i wonder if you hubby is uncomfortable with your weightloss like mine. He doesnt say much to me about mine and he gets mad that i dont buy all the junk i used to but the real reason he isnt comfortable with it is he is afraid. He is a fraid if i look good then other men will pay attention to me and i might start to like one of them more than him. He doesnt talk much about my weightloss but he has gotten more jelouse of other men talking to me.
07-24-2003, 07:45 PM
I can't afford it and I don't believe in surgery for vanity. If something was to go wrong how could I ever forgive myself. However if there was a medical reason that I would need such surgery I would then take it under advisement.
07-24-2003, 07:52 PM
Sorry to here you are having infections in your belly button Jiffypop. I have skin hanging now so I don't imagine I will have a problem with infections just because I have less weight. If I were going to have that kind of problem I'm sure I would have it now. I just don't see taking a risk if I don't have to.
07-24-2003, 11:28 PM
the elasticity of the skin is partly due to genetics. Some people can lose massive amounts of weight and their skin come right back, other people end up with nasty hanging skin. I have LOTS of weight to still loose, but the skin is all wrinkly on my inner thigh and whats left of my stomach hangs down really low. I would estimate that there will be about 20 pounds of excess skin when i loose all of the "real" weight that i need to loose.
Adding muscle is good for you for several reasons, but that will not tighten up the skin. All of the lotions just moisterize the skin but will not permanately tighten it up. To look "normal" again, i think surgery is the only option. But for me, this is something that i will have to deal with a long time down the line...
07-25-2003, 12:39 AM
also, elasticity is very very age dependent. if i had done this when i was in my 20s or 30s, i probably wouldn't have this saggy baggy thing going on. of course, i was also normal size throughout most of that time....
howie... i started at 506. i'm now 233 or so. very much like your stats... i didn't start having infections or any other problems until about 2 months ago.. the good news is that you are so much younger than i am that you might not have the problem.
another issue is that we don't lose weight uniformly over our bodies.. sometimes whatever fat we have left settles in one spot.. and we look disproportionate and can't get any clothes to fit.
once again, this is not a decision to be made lightly. and one never knows what lies ahead.