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Post weight loss - tummy tuck/excess skin removal experiences?

pastelcarlypastelcarly Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
Hi everyone. I hope this is in the appropriate topic, as I couldn't find exactly where it fits in.

I am a 21 year old female whos lost about 35 pounds so far. Because of how big I was/am, I have always known that one day I will need plastic surgery to get my body where I want it to be (I know not everyone is a fan of it, but please don't post just to argue against it). I know that I am not yet physically ready, but I am also clueless to the process. For those of you who have gotten a tummy tuck or excess skin removal after weight loss - when did you start going to consultations? I would like to see my options, pick a surgeon, get an idea of cost, etc. but I also do not want to come across as wasting anyone's time seeing as I have not even lost all of the weight yet.

Also, I would love any tips on any part of the process as I have a lot to learn.
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  • SueSueDioSueSueDio Posts: 4,572Member Member Posts: 4,572Member Member
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 3,478Member Member Posts: 3,478Member Member
    I had a circumferential abdominoplasty--tummy tuck and butt lift.

    There are pretty significant consequences to the surgery that you will have to live with forever. It was a good fit for me now at this point in my life. But you need to consider scarring and numbness that will be there forever.




    Also, a note about what AnnPT77 posted above about true loose skin being thin like wrinkly fabric. As you can see my stomach is not like that but still clearly has sub-cutaneous fat in the before pic. However, the doctors said it would be very difficult to ever lose that fat to get to the fabric thickness. And he said if I tried I would look emaciated in my face and rib area.

    Feel free to ask away with any questions!

    @JulieSHelms Where do you feel the numbness? Does it last forever?

    I think I’m going to be I. The same boat with my stomach...have lost 60, legs, hips, arms look pretty good but stomach is still bigger proportionately. Am going to lose up to another 8 lbs and see if I begin to look gaunt. Thank you for posting this info!!!!
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 10,930Member Member Posts: 10,930Member Member
    I had a circumferential abdominoplasty--tummy tuck and butt lift. My circumstances are really different than yours, but I'm happy to share. I'm 51, lost 130 lbs over 2.3 years. I do strength training 4x/week which helped the appearance of loose skin everywhere except the middle. I started running and my butt and thigh skin would bounce like deflated water balloons. I hated it.

    I had my first plastic surgery consultation 3 months after I hit my goal weight. I had surgery 6 months later. I will post a pic from today, about 5 months post-op.

    You are young so I would not jump to surgery as quickly as I did. Your skin will be much more elastic and you should give it time to catch up to your weight loss. There are pretty significant consequences to the surgery that you will have to live with forever. It was a good fit for me now at this point in my life. But you need to consider scarring and numbness that will be there forever.

    So here is a side by side. The before pic is after 130lb lost, one week pre-op. The after pic was like 10 minutes ago, 5 months post-op. The scarring will turn to clear/silver by about one year. I am the same weight in both pics.

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    Also, a note about what AnnPT77 posted above about true loose skin being thin like wrinkly fabric. As you can see my stomach is not like that but still clearly has sub-cutaneous fat in the before pic. However, the doctors said it would be very difficult to ever lose that fat to get to the fabric thickness. And he said if I tried I would look emaciated in my face and rib area.

    Feel free to ask away with any questions!

    Edited: If you go to my profile page, there is a link to my personal blog that shows a lot more pics, especially right after surgery. Also, I should mention, I declined the muscle tightening typical with tummy tucks because my ab muscles were in good shape.

    This is really informative, Julie. Thank you for sharing so honestly!
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