So, I saw the plastic surgeon on Thursday.
It was a strange kind of visit to a dr. office...at least for me.
I was immediately struck by how attractive ALL of the staff and Dr's were in this office....WOW! "Nip/Tuck" has nothing on reality!
As soon as the Dr walked in, he looked me up and down and first said .."hey, I have the same running shoes!", and then broke into..."I remember you, we finished the Arnold 5K in almost the same time, early in March!" I had to laugh, because he was right! I had caught up to him through the race and I finished a second ahead of him! LOL!!! He was a bit annoyed with me at the race, because I had a better finishing kick than he did! LOL!!!
So, he had me get undressed and examined me and took some pictures (nude but headless) to help document the issues for the insurance company. He then took the images and had some software that allowed him to essentially interactively reshape my body and would show how I would look post surgery and after all of the healing....this was some IMPRESSIVE software! He proposed a "paniculecomy"....a modified tummy tuck to remove the excess abdominal skin, along with some lipo to give the understructure a smoother surface for the skin to lay on. He told me that the proceedure would take about 2 hours. It would cost about $16K, would need me off work for about 10 days and away from lifting and running for about 6-8 weeks, although I should WALK, ASAP. He said I could also have some lipo and a very minimal amount of surgery to "tighten" my chest. Said this chest work would not be touched by insurance, so it would be all on my dime and would cost about $3400 and would take about 1 more hour. He said the rest of my body didn't need any work.
I did enjoy talking with him and it was a real boost for my ego when he looked at my pictures from the old, fat me to who I am now. He said that he was very impressed with how well I have done without plastic surgery so far and said that 99% of people never do as well as I have. As he was examining me, he was making audio notes to himself as he was running his hands all over me and kind of "kneeding" (like a bread maker) to find the muscle... and he kept saying, "...VERY muscular and very lean, good form and build, very tight!" He told ne that this surgery would transform my build as much or more than my original 240 lbs weiight loss.....OMFG! All I have to do is wait to see how much my insurance will cover...