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NMK1980's Photo NMK1980 Posts: 34
9/17/10 9:29 A

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I'm still near the beginning of my weightloss journey, but I've already considered it and am strongly leaning towards "yes!"... I have carried two full term pregnancies along with all this extra weight so I have what I learned is called an "abdominal apron". LOL

I know that this apron thing is never going to go away, and the main reason I'm losing the weight is because of my self-esteem and feeling comfortible in my body. My tummy flap is already a strong reason I don't like my husband seeing me unclothed and avoid intimacy. I'll be ready to get it cut off asap! Of course, it will be a couple years... I'm figuring about 1yr to lose the weight, then wait the 18 months to 2yrs for the shrinkage while saving money for the surgery.

I feel like, for me, its something I will need but as someone else said- its an individual thing.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ~Ferris Bueller


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9/17/10 9:10 A

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I called a plastic surgeon. To lift my breasts up would cost between $6,000-$8,000, a tummy tuck is $8,000 to $10,000. Insurance won't cover anything. I got a new minimizer bra and that did the trick for $65, I'll just have to live with the squishy tummy! I went shopping and I am fitting into smalls and size 8. I have lost 90 lbs. now. I bought a small Black jacket on sale, it was great!
Kris

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9/3/10 3:51 P

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I am thinking it may be a possibility for me, too.

I have read it can take up to 2 years for your skin to shrink back. I am planning on waiting for at least that long. But it's a definite possibility, especially the girls and the stomach.

I have also heard hydration, good moisturisers, good oils (like evening primrose and omega 3's) AND strength training will help. Have been doing those things, and I do notice some changes. Let us know, though.

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9/3/10 3:38 P

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I could totally understand why someone would want to take that extra skin off. I have never even breast fed and my boobs are not even close to where they used to be and I still not 27 (2 weeks). I imagine that there will be a time I would want to consider some options. However, I do fear scars.

Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Pick your hard.

If you're not growing, you're dying.


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CD3726810 Posts: 1,064
9/3/10 1:33 P

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Congrats to everyone on their weight loss!!

My belly was the last place to gain weight but now it kind of pouches over. oh who am I kidding? It doesn't just kind of, it does. So, I imagine it will sag when I've lost the weight. I will look into a tummy tuck for that. But like mentioned, research research research!

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9/3/10 1:23 P

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Congrats on your weightloss thats awsome!

I do plan on having some things done when I meet my goal my boobs will not perk back up on there own after weightloss and breastfeeding 3 kids and I don't see all my extra skin just going away so I'm all for it!

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9/3/10 1:05 P

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WAY TO GO !! Good luck--whatever you decide.

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9/3/10 10:32 A

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Congrats on the weight loss. The skin doesn't ever go away easily does it? I have plenty of extra rolls. I've been told to gain the weight back and lose it slowly this time. AH no thank you! I didn't lose the weight fast in the first place. Still I use the skin as a reminder not to fill it up again!

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9/3/10 10:28 A

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I feel for ya KRISCAT!
I have the same problem. After losing 93 lbs my skin is literally dripping off of me- really bad!
I lost 100 lbs 10 years ago and my skin shrunk back somewhat, but I guess a body can only take so much abuse (as mine has).


**LINDA**

Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.


A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?






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ADALAI's Photo ADALAI Posts: 1,488
9/3/10 9:00 A

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Most of the other's have said what I have found out about it. IE how long you have to be stable at the weight, what you can do, most have said hydration hydration, and to make sure you give it time to shrink in on its own.

Flat out though, the tummy one is one I already consider once I reach that goal and maintain it. My lower stomach, is that 'plague' spot for me.

Congrats on your loss though and please if you find out any more info, let me know too.

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9/3/10 8:58 A

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emoticon on the weight loss! That's emoticon


Ug, the cost, and the sag!! I have given birth to 2 full term babies in less than 18 months, and I have the full-on mommy bread-dough stomach thing, even though my baby is 16mo! I'm about 10lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight, but my belly is no where near what it used to be. And I breastfed my kids for a combined 2 years, so I have boob sag too. And stretch marks....horrible, horrible stretch marks.....

I want one more kid, so I'm not looking at anything yet, but I just might consider something afterwards.

Strength training will help with some of it, but like everything, it takes time to see results.

Keep us informed!

Peace, Rachel

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results."- James Allen (the quote I get my screen name from!)


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9/3/10 8:30 A

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I don't have anything to add but I am curious what you find out if you decide to see a doctor about this, so please keep us up to date! Congrats on the weight loss!

Starting Weight 286
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PUSH ME! PUSH ME!


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MEL_UNRAU's Photo MEL_UNRAU SparkPoints: (136,892)
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9/3/10 8:10 A

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First off! Congratulations on all your success!!! Unfortunately, with lots of weight lost, comes sagging skin. Skin has some elasticisty and will shrink up over time. It may not bounce back completely, but it will shrink up. Everything that I have ever heard says that it will take up to 2 years for the skin to bounce back as much as it will.

Supposedly, strength training and training such as yoga and pilates will help with skin tightening up. I don't know if it is true, because I am lousy at ST, but I am in the process of trying to get that part of my routine in gear... so, ask me in a couple of months if I think it is helping.

Keeping your skin moist will help, good lotions and the such. But "skin firming" or "tightening" creams will only help "tighten" skin while they are on the skin. They don't effect your skin at the cellular level which would actually help your skin shrink up.

I've not had the surgery, but like you, I would consider it. But, any reputable surgeon will ask you to wait at least 18 months from you "final" weight loss before agreeing to do the surgery. They need to make sure that 1) your skin is as shrunk as it is going to get and 2) that you aren't gaining the weight back. (Imagine having all your excess skin removed and then gaining weight back... ouchy! on your skin!)

So, that's what I know.

Edited by: MEL_UNRAU at: 9/3/2010 (09:03)
Imperfection is important. If we were all perfect, then there would be no such thing as growth, and everyone would be extremely boring, which is, paradoxically, not that perfect.-- Dr. Matt


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9/3/10 8:00 A

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Congratulations on your amazing weight loss!! :)

Plastic surgery is certainly a very personal and sometimes, tough decision. I personally am not against getting the excess skin on my belly taken care of at the end of my journey... but ONLY if I have been successful in maintaining the loss for a couple of years and I was definitely done having children. It would be expensive and painful, and as with any surgery... could have complications. This is a topic I have discussed with my husband a few times, and he would not be against it, if it would make me happy. I am pretty certain my excess belly skin will be an issue, and I know it's not something I would be happy "carrying around" for the rest of my life, if I had the option not to. With that said, I will be sure to thoroughly research the surgery prior to making a final decision. The more you (and anyone considering any type of surgery) know, the better you can feel about your decision.

Again... this is a personal decision, and you ultimately should only do what will make you happy, and decide whether the pain and potential risk of complications is worth it. For some it is, for others it isn't.



"You may wait, but time will not. "

"We are NOT guaranteed a "tomorrow", so let's make the most of today!"

"Fake it until you make it!"


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9/3/10 7:31 A

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That's a decision only you can make. The operations shown on TV showing "tucks" look pretty gross. It would take a lot to make me think it was worth it.

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9/3/10 6:27 A

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I've lost 80 lbs. and am enjoying fitting into my medium size clothes, but my sagging boobs and extra abdominal skin is discouraging me because my clothes don't fit right. Will abdominal exercises help or has anyone tried plastic surgery?

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