100 lb. Club - If you have excess skin will you have it removed?

05-21-2004, 01:23 AM
Why or why not?

Sometimes I think I would really like to have the extra skin removed when I lose all my weight. But then I think is the health risk really worth it and the expense. I was looking at the price and it seems to be around $20,000 for the arms, legs and tummy. I just don't know if I could justify the risk and price. How do you all feel about it?

05-21-2004, 01:48 AM
I'm fairly confident that I will indeed have extra skin when I near the end of this part of the journey. At this point, I have decided that I can dress around the issue. I'm not one for pain and the expense is huge. And any surgery is risky, so something optional like that just doesn't seem like something I really need to do. But that's just me.

05-21-2004, 02:00 AM
I feel exactly the same way Dana. I figure I where clothes now to try and hide some of the fat and I know that does not work but I figure when I get down to goal weight I ought to be able to look pretty nice with the right choices.

05-21-2004, 03:37 AM
I have lots of excess skin and I've still got over 30lbs. to lose, so it's going to get even worse. I'm realistic enough to know the elasticity isn't likely to come back at my age regardless of how much I exercise, but surgery...? Yes, I can wear a good girdle and hide a lot of it under clothes and no, I don't plan on wearing a bikini any time soon anyway. The expense is a huge consideration - if it came down to a choice between travelling to somewhere I've always wanted to go or skin removal surgery, I'd choose the former over the latter. The health risk is also big - it'd just be my luck to finally get to goal and then die on the operating table getting rid of the skin the fat used to be stored in!

05-21-2004, 03:47 AM
I'll have to letcha know when I get there. It's a lot of money.

05-21-2004, 10:16 AM
In a word...YES!!! If I'm going through all the hard work to lose weight I want to have a great body at the end of it. My understanding (currently) here in Canada that if you lose weight and keep it off for over a year then our health care program will pay for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). That is at the present time but who knows the way our government cuts back on stuff. I believe that it runs around $5000 or so. As long as you are in good health the risks are minimal. Yes of course there is risk with any surgery but I think it would be worth it.

05-21-2004, 12:29 PM
I feel like Jill. It would be my luck I would die on the operating table. I don't know what my healthcare rules are on something like this. If they used the 1 year rule as your goverment does Jen. It sure would be tempting. I think if my healthcare payed for it I might have to think it over really hard.

05-21-2004, 01:10 PM
I hope you all don't mind me jumping in here, but I'm very curious about the price, as I may end up having some "work done," at least the turkey wattles. How is the price determined? By the type of procedure? By the square inch? And what does the price cover-- just the surgeon's fee, or all the other stuff too, anaesthesiologist, supplies, hospital, aftercare, etc. I would love to find a site that has "hard" and "soft" costs broken down on an estimating chart, like we have in the remodeling industry. I haven't found anything like that on the internet-- in fact the surgeon's sites I've seen don't discuss costs much at all.

05-21-2004, 02:06 PM
Yes, Yes and...uh, yes!! WHEN I finally get all this weight off, the skin comes too. If it were just a tummy issue maybe not - but man, I know the girls are really going to need help. Mortage the house baby - moma need surgery!!!

05-21-2004, 04:00 PM
OMG, Sandi, you kill me!! Moma needs surgery!

As for me, if I ever find a way to afford it then yes. I have worked long and hard to get where I am now but I still won't dress the way that I would like to because of the excess skin. I want to feel comfortable in a tank top or swimming suit. I'm still young enough that I wouldn't mind letting my tummy show and maybe even get my belly button pierced if it wasn't all a big wrinkley, hanging mess. I also know that if I ever did get to do it, I would be scared to death and probably have second thoughts. But I'm sure I would go through with it because it would be worth it to me. I've never been thin before and I would like to fully enjoy it someday. So for now I'll keep on hiding it with clothes and try to pinch my pennies for "someday".


05-21-2004, 04:25 PM
Oooo....Howie you ask a million dollar question! I have been thinking a lot about this lately!

It is my understanding that in Canada, if you loose over 100 pounds and maintain the lower weight for over a year then you may be eligible for the tummy tuck.

My problem is that I am hoping to have children within the next 5-7 years. No sense going through the pain and discomfort of a surgery only to restretch everything out!

Then it makes me think....don't most women who have children have loose skin around their bellies? Isn't that just how the body is meant to "normally" be??

One thing that makes me think very seriously about having the surgery is my satisfaction in my own body....I sometimes find that I am more critical & self-conscious about my body 30 pounds from goal than at 100+ pounds from goal. Strange, huh? Maybe I'll just become more comfortable with time???

Guess that's my long winded way of saying....I'll have to wait and see....

05-21-2004, 04:48 PM
If there was a magic money tree somewhere then yes in a heart beat I would get the works done. since there isn't then WHEN I get there and maintain for at least a year (my own choice and just so I can see what might go back on its own) then I'll look at what area troubles me the most and raise the money for it (wonder how many cups of lemonade that would take? :coffee:. I'm pretty sure I'll have the bat flaps since my mom, her mom and sisters, etc all have them.

05-21-2004, 10:29 PM
I will cross those bridges when I get there. In a way the scars of my food obsession seem like a good reminder, but especially with my tummy it goes too far. The skin hangs into my lap, if I don't baby it EVERY SINGLE DAY it gets infected, then the skin splits and weeps. My doctor has told me that one I can stabalize my weight for a year we will discuss options. I am sorry body :(


05-21-2004, 11:23 PM
If money was no option I would definaltly have the excess on the abs, thighs and arms removed and the excess in the breasts "stuffed". I just dont hold enough hope that all this skin will ever shrink to something I can feel good wearing tight jeans in.

05-22-2004, 12:04 AM
absolutely yes. in fact, i'm starting the insurance process right now. the infections that miss chris described keep coming back. i can't find any clothes to wear. i'm one size on top, another size in the bat wings, a third size [about 3 sizes bigger!!!] in the belly and hips because of the excess skin, and another size in the legs.

i just want to be ONE SIZE and i don't much care what it is!!!!

this is NOT about cosmetics, but about functionality. the excess 20-25 pounds of skin i have now will not go away. and i can't lose it. the orthopedist wants to see every last ounce off of me because of my knees...

and believe me, i would prefer not to have another surgery, or actually series of surgeries, but it's the only way...

05-22-2004, 12:57 AM
I think my breasts will be worst when i go to my goal weight. Ill plan to have them removed.

Suzanne 3FC
05-22-2004, 10:59 AM
Many people have breast reduction surgery after a large weight loss, due to sagging, etc. Meg posted a GREAT thread on excess skin after weight loss in the Maintainers forum at http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36040


05-22-2004, 11:09 AM
can't you just put your name down as a skin graft doner for someone and get it free? there is always people needing skin grafts and well there seems to be loads of excess flapping around unwanted why not simply give it to the needy and save yourself loads by getting there insurance to pay for it

05-22-2004, 12:40 PM
It doesn't work that way. Tissue grafts are only taken from organ donors for some reason. Many people have tried to get cheaper or free plastic surgery that way, and the answer is always no. Too bad, tho.

05-22-2004, 12:57 PM
can't you just put your name down as a skin graft doner for someone and get it free? there is always people needing skin grafts and well there seems to be loads of excess flapping around unwanted why not simply give it to the needy and save yourself loads by getting there insurance to pay for it

Yup - that's an OLD myth, which seems to be floating around a lot of PS and weight loss forums - that you can get "free" PS if you donate your excess skin.

Trust me - they DON'T want stretched out skin with stretch marks, etc. Generally, from what I've read, skin donations are taken from cadavers.

Check this page out from the Shriner's Hospital website:


Many people do not realize that skin can be donated in the same manner as other organs. Techniques developed by Conrado Bondoc, M.D., and John Burke, M.D., at the Boston Shriners burn hospital in the late 1960s allow viable donor skin to be effectively frozen and stored for long periods. Their work resulted in the Boston Shriners Hospital establishing the first skin bank. In addition, the two doctors' techniques are now being used in skin banks worldwide.

In order for tissue to be useful, it must be removed within hours of death and the donor's age and health history must meet certain criteria. Only the outer layers are removed, leaving no more of a mark than sunburn. Skin removal is made only from areas of the body usually covered by clothing.

"We receive a lot of calls about skin donation," said Phil Walters, director of the skin bank at the Boston Shriners Hospital. He added that the two most frequently asked questions are: "Is skin taken from a living donor?" and "Can tissue surgically removed from a patient by procedures such as those performed to reduce obesity be donated?" The answer to both questions is no. "Skin is procured from a deceased organ donor, just like any other donated organ," he said.

05-23-2004, 04:36 AM
I always thought that was my million-dollar idea.

Donate my extra fat so that breast cancer survivors could have reconstructive surgery.


05-24-2004, 01:11 AM
if i could afford it, i'd do it in a heartbeat. we'll see. yes, i'm young (23) so it may come back with weightlifting and time, but i have to say, my breasts sag big time and i still have 35 lbs to go. they've also become a lot more sensitive - in a painful way that i don't like. =( so i hope someday i can have my skin be at least acceptable to me. i don't have to be a playboy model or anything. ;)

Goddess Jessica
05-24-2004, 02:37 AM
I'd have it removed if I ever thought I could afford it. My favorite is whenever this subject is breached with healthy weight people, they're all so suprised that insurance doesn't pay for it. And I do thing it's a bit of a sad affair that it's not. I mean, statistically, insurance will be used less by people who lose weight - wouldn't they want to encourage that? Oh well, I'm dreaming here. :)

05-24-2004, 06:26 AM
If you're seriously thinking about it, check out Meg's thread, but also watch the Discovery Health Channel. They do alot of plastic surgeries.

One show was called Trash Can of Skin. It was a Brit, Valerie, who had lost something like 309 pounds? She weighed 225 & had to have the excess skin removed due to infections.

None of the hospitals in the UK would work on her, so she went to I think Dallas to have it done.

Very interesting show.

05-24-2004, 01:05 PM
I actually had considered weight loss since Jan. but I am honestly afraid what my body would look like when I lost all my weight (180lbs.) But I decided I will cross that bridge when I get there. My arms are pretty wobbly and big and my stomach hangs, so I imagine those areas will be the worst. My legs, while big are pretty tight so I am hoping that they reduce, not reduce and sag. My mom offered to help pay for any reduction surgery, but I would like to just do it on my own.

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05-24-2004, 01:43 PM
michelle... one step at a time. and no matter what, you're still better off without the weight than with the sagging and bagging skin.

and i have another skin infection. broke out the cream to treat it.

it's not pretty.

05-25-2004, 01:26 PM
I am curious about what type/size of scar a tummy tuck would leave. Anyone know?

05-25-2004, 11:58 PM
Coleen - Here's a site that explains it in detail:


05-26-2004, 11:38 AM
Wow! It looks to leave quite a long scar. I guess one has to weigh the options....loose skin....or a large scar. Thank you for the website link. It's very informative! :)