Plastic Surgery...

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    Apr 01, 2008 6:36 AM GMT
    So I am seeing a Plastic Surgeon on Wednesday to see about getting extra skin removed from my chest, torso, back, and butt... all remnants of my former 400+ lbs body. I have many mixed feelings....I am terrified...hospitals and surgery scare the hell out of me! But I am also excited and want to "finish the job" so that I look and feel "complete" after loosing almost 240 lbs. I am scared of the pain and have been told it is MORE intense than what I went through for my gastric bypass and abdominal hernia surgeries...and they HURT ALOT! Still... this isn't all about vanity, I get alot of chaffing and abrasions from my activities and clothes rubbing me raw to the point of bleeding! I need to make this stop! I really want to be comfortable taking off my shirt and not still look like the "fat guy", even after all I have done and continue to do. Is it vain and wrong to want to have a 6 pack at age 50, that I never had at any other time of my life? Just alot of things on my mind.....icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 01, 2008 10:09 AM GMT
    I don't think it's vain at all to want to look your best. You're doing something good for yourself.

    And the pain...nothing to worry about. They give you drugs. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 01, 2008 10:25 AM GMT
    Wow... good for you
    400+? That's fantastic that you were able to transform yourself
    I know that the excess skin thing can be difficult and there's no other way to get rid of it
    Like everything else your body will heal
    Just give it time and think how much better everything will be soon
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    Apr 01, 2008 3:31 PM GMT
    I think after all the work you put into losing all that weight you should be proud to show off your body. If getting rid of the excess skin makes you feel better doing that then I think its a great idea!

    Congrats and Good Luck!
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    Apr 01, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    I am ALL for it and TOTALLY support you on your venture!! The aftermath will hurt, really sore feeling, but it will be TOTALLY worth it! MORE power to you!!! Also, CONGRATS on the weight loss, SO AWESOME!!!
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    Apr 01, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    I'm pretty close to someone who did this, sporty. You're going to be pretty happy with the results if you have a good surgeon. You should ask if it's possible to see some photos of his or her work. His experience was that the bypass surgery was far more painful than the skin removal. Certainly, his recovery time was longer with the bypass.
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    Apr 01, 2008 4:05 PM GMT
    This is fantastic news.

    To be sure I will be behind you at some point (having been 286 lbs. 130 kg. at my peak at a height of 5-5 or 165 cm.).

    After all of the weight I have lost (43 kg.) there are some issues with my skin. They come both from when I was big from bodybuilding and powerlifting and from when I was huge from excess weight.

    I am for any kind of procedure that gets the job done and helps to keep it done.

    Likewise, I have read your posts over the time I have been on RJ and I know that you have thought a lot about this, researched it well, and are prepared.

    So, just download some Chuckystud to your iPod for inspiration and go for it.

    All my kindest wishes for your project.

    Terry
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    Apr 01, 2008 4:13 PM GMT
    Congratulations on the weight loss, Sporty...you should be very proud of yourself. As for the procedure...there are very legitimate reasons (as you mentioned) for having the excess skin removed. Even if there weren't, and you were doing it out of vanity - as you mentioned fearing - so what? If doing it makes you feel better about yourself, to hell with the nagging naysayers. You have every right to enjoy the body you've worked hard to achieve. icon_smile.gif

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    Apr 01, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    Sporty_g saidSo I am seeing a Plastic Surgeon on Wednesday to see about getting extra skin removed from my chest, torso, back, and butt... all remnants of my former 400+ lbs body. I have many mixed feelings....I am terrified...hospitals and surgery scare the hell out of me! But I am also excited and want to "finish the job" so that I look and feel "complete" after loosing almost 240 lbs. I am scared of the pain and have been told it is MORE intense than what I went through for my gastric bypass or abdominal hernia surgeries...and they HURT ALOT! Still... this isn't all about vanity, I get alot of chaffing and abrasions from my activities and clothes rubbing me raw to the point of bleeding! I need to make this stop! I really want to be comfortable taking off my shirt and not still look like the "fat guy", even after all I have done and continue to do. Is it vain and wrong to want to have a 6 pack at age 50, that I never had at any other time of my life? Just alot of things on my mind.....icon_confused.gif


    Finally, at my age, I have a pronounced, clearly visible 6 pack stomach........lost 30 pounds, lost fat and am muscular and tight. It is the best feeling EVER! I get more compliments and attention now more than ever. Forget about the word "vain" and do whatever makes you feel good. If you keep your mind as beautiful as your body, you will be a very very happy camper....TRUST ME.
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    Apr 01, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    Vanity isn't inherently bad. If this makes you feel better physically and mentally, then you don't need anyone's approval.

    I would ask for advice on this kind of procedure. And I would advise you to do as much research as you can and find a surgeon that's right for you.
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    Apr 01, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    Awesome to lose that weight. Skin can take forever to return and it can be a real source of body discomfort. Good Luck with the surgery. I had a friend do the same thing, but it was after lypo. I don't give peole recovering from PS any sympathy (same for people with hang overs). But, I think this will be much different. I will cook up a virtual batch of soup during your revocery.
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    Apr 01, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidAwesome to lose that weight. Skin can take forever to return and it can be a real source of body discomfort. Good Luck with the surgery. I had a friend do the same thing, but it was after lypo. I don't give peole recovering from PS any sympathy (same for people with hang overs). But, I think this will be much different. I will cook up a virtual batch of soup during your revocery.


    No sympathy for people recovering from PS or hangovers? How about if someone eats something spicy/too much and gets heartburn...or the guy who insists on going on that amusement park ride and gets sick?, or the guy who likes to swim in the ocean but nearly drowns because the tide changed....or the guy who goes out without a coat and catches a cold?..............the list goes on and on.

    We all make choices.....we are all human....we all make mistakes......we all need sympathy sometimes.
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    Apr 01, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    Sporty - Good for you! I have several friends who have had "work done" and my Mother-In-Law just had major facial surgery (in fact I'm taking her to the doctor this morning for a check-up). No one has complained about pain although in most cases there was quite a bit of swelling and redness for quite a few weeks. My Mother-In-Law has emphasema and had to have local anethesia for her 2 hr facial surgery and came through like a trooper - so I know you have to be tougher than a 77 year old woman! icon_smile.gif

    You will be fine - just think positive and you have my support!
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    Apr 01, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    I dont see anything wrong with it, i hope it turns out well for u
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    Apr 02, 2008 6:33 AM GMT
    Knowing that there are people here in medicine I wonder if there are any thoughts on how one goes about choosing a qualified surgeon to perform this kind of surgery?

    I would love to have information from people who are in the know.

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    Terry
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    Apr 02, 2008 6:40 AM GMT
    Sporty,

    Congrats! You are to be commended for all you've accomplished thus far. Providing you've got a competent surgeon, I would go forward and finish the job!
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    Apr 02, 2008 7:40 AM GMT
    Some plastic surgeries are just vanity. If you were 31 and want to liposuction your love handles, for example.

    Your case is not merely cosmetic. I would see it as necessary to have a fully functional life.

    Congrats on the big weight loss.
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    Apr 02, 2008 7:46 AM GMT
    Congrats on the weight loss! I think that surgery is a great idea and I'm sure you'll be very happy with the results.icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 02, 2008 8:06 AM GMT
    Bravo sporty,

    your weight loss story will certainly be an inspiration to many around you, dont worry about the surgery everything will be fine its just a matter of time. once you get back on track with the body that makes you happy there nothing better than that, good luck for the journey that lies ahead and keep smiling


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    Apr 02, 2008 8:49 AM GMT
    Sporty,

    congratulations on the weight loss!

    I think you deserve to have this surgery after all your hard work. Don't even think about the word 'vain'; if that's a goal you've always had, don't let what other people might say ruin it.

    Congrats again, and hope everything goes well icon_biggrin.gif

    keep us posted!
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    Apr 03, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    Thank you all for the support.
    I must be expeiencing a "senior blonde moment"!
    I thought the appointment was today, wednesday, at 930 am, so I sat in the Dr.s office this AM and waited for an hour and a half before I went up to the "receptionist" and discovered that my appointment is actually on THURSDAY 4/3/2008 ath 930AM! OOPS! LOL!!!! So I'm embarrassed, as well as excited and nervous, etc.
    I will let you all know how it goes....god, I felt about an inch high when I discovered that I was there on the wrong day....LOL!icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 04, 2008 10:39 PM GMT
    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...
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    Apr 05, 2008 8:22 AM GMT
    AWESOME!

    It seems like it's running pretty smoothly and the results sound promising! =D

    hope everything keeps going well; let us know what happens on your next visit ... but first make sure you have the right date for your appointment icon_wink.gif LoL!

    -r