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Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery

Updated on May 25, 2015

Should I or Not?

Currently, I have lost 104 pounds. That is a lot of weight! I am so proud of this accomplishment, but I still have days when I feel fat.

I think having excess skin is the culprit. When I was obese, I carried most of my weight in my mid-section. This is now where I carry most of my extra skin. My stomach is dramatically more flat, but it's 'lumpy'. I don't like the way it looks. At. All.

Most of the time I wear Spanx to keep everything in it's place. I like the way they make me look and feel. On some days, however, I don't want to wear them. I want to be free.

This is when I start thinking about cosmetic surgery.

Spanx! Shapely, Sexy, and Yes, Comfortable!

What procedure is best?

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to cosmetic surgery. The potential patient would need to decide just what surgery to have. I have thought about a tummy tuck, but would a full body lift be a better fit for me? What about liposuction?

Let's get the details on the options.

Tummy Tuck

This procedure is known as an abdominoplasty. This is where the excess skin around the mid-section, or pannus, is removed and the skin is tightened. Usually a scar is placed low in the bikini area.

Sometimes the muscles in the area are tightened and the belly button is moved. Keep in mind, though, sometimes the belly button is simply removed! I don't know how I feel about this. It reminds me of a YA book I read years ago called The House of the Scorpion. Anyway...

Lower Body Lift

A combination of thigh and butt lift is known as a lower body lift. This surgery can actually be done at the same time as the tummy tuck. The inner thighs are lifted and the incisions are along the groin crease. This surgery is far more extensive and takes quite a long recovery time.

Arm Lift

I would LOVE this one! This is known as the brachioplasty. Sounds like a dinosaur.

Loose skin is removed on the underside of the arm. The results I have seen from this surgery look great, but the scar will be visible. The scar runs along the upper inner arm to the elbow, but cannot be seen from the side or the back.

Breast Reshaping

I have to admit, I like the girls being smaller. No pain the neck, shoulders, back, etc. But, the loose skin bothers me.

There are several ways to reshape the breasts.

A breast reduction operation removes skin and breast tissue while moving the nipple to a higher position.

I would want breast lift, or mastopexy. This removes only skin and preserves the existing breast tissue.

Women with very little breast tissue left may want breast implants to achieve a fuller cup size.

Decisions. Decisions.

I don't know if any of these surgeries are right for me, honestly. There are so many things that factor into making a decision like this: the idea of more surgeries, time off, cost, and risk.

What would you do?

What would you do?

Would you have cosmetic surgery to correct excess skin?

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Which One?

If you chose 'yes', what surgery would you have?

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