Woman Who Lost 282 Pounds May Need Plastic Surgery

MakenzieR on 13 Dec 2011 at 5:00pm

In a country faced with an obesity epidemic, massive weight loss is always highly praised.  It’s revered enough to earn folks like 20-year-old Natalie Strawn a segment on Good Morning America.  But what’s rarely talked about is what happens to your body cosmetically when the fat is gone.  And the results may make dieters just as self-conscious as the extra pounds.

Strawn’s weight loss story is truly impressive.  At 17 she weighed 562 pounds, but over the past three years she used Weight Watchers to lose 282 of them.  She still wants to drop another 100+ to hit her goal weight.

But what happens when she does?  (Aside from a big celebration, sans cake and ice cream.)  While Strawn is and will be healthier from the inside out, she’ll likely be left with a lot of sagging skin all over her body.  As anyone who’s been pregnant knows, you may lose the internal mass, but the skin that has stretched around it rarely goes back to normal. 

RealSelf member WhoDatGal​ experienced this: "I lost over 130 lbs from my weight loss surgery. I had all this loose skin and everything looked horrible even in clothing. I had lost my butt. I needed serious help."

What help is there for Natalie and WhoDatGirl?  

Check out this slideshow of 5 skin-sagging solutions:

The weight loss journey is difficult enough, but having to consider surgery afterward only adds an extra layer of emotion.  RealSelf member Yankee ME only decided on a body lift after "months of agonizing over whether or not I was 'just being vain.' "  But in the end she says she's really happy did it.

We're excited to follow Natalie through her journey to body she feels comfortable in.  It's a long road, but judging by the Worth It Rating of all these related procedures, the end result is, well, totally worth it! 

See Natalie's story on GMA

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Photo credits: ABC News; Dr. George Marosan; Dr. Michele Shermak; Dr. Lisa Sowder; Dr. Siamak Agha; Dr. George Yang