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Lower Body Lift and Male Breast Reduction with Free Nipple Grafts - Albany, NY

During high school I lost about 130 lbs through...

During high school I lost about 130 lbs through diet and exercise and was left with some excess skin around my waist as well as on my chest. I tried a bunch of different things and waited about a year and a half hoping that the skin would shrink back on it's own but of course it didn't. In August I started going to consultations with different plastic surgeons in my area for a tummy tuck, but they all recommended that I instead get a full lower body lift (belt lipectomy). I had my surgery on January 8th so today I am 10 days post op.

The operation went well and took about 5 and a half hours. During surgery my doctor removed a 10" wide band of excess skin from my waist and tightened the skin on my chest. Originally my areolas were much larger and I wanted them made smaller, but because of the extra skin my doctor thought doing a nipple graft would be the best option. After the operation I was brought to the recovery room where I stayed about 11 hours. I could have spent the night at the hospital but I wanted to go home and was discharged around 2:30 am. The first few days after surgery were rough but the pain wasn't too bad. By day five I was feeling much better and getting around easier. The worst pain was in my ab muscles. Because they get stitched closer together during surgery it has been extremely painful to laugh, cough, and sneeze.

I had my first post op visit on day 8 where they removed all the bandages and I got to see everything for the first time. I was hoping they'd remove my 2 drains then too because they already weren't draining much, but he wanted to leave them in a little longer. Even though I was totally prepared for it to look a little scary it was still a bit shocking to see myself for the first time when they removed all the gauze and everything. They told me I could go ahead and start taking showers again so I tried this when I got home but it didn't go so well. What creeped me out the most was my "new" belly button. It had a lot of dried blood and scabbing and when I tried to clean it up the area was totally numb and couldn't even feel myself touching it. I ended up almost passing out and didn't end up showering until yesterday. Even then I tried not to think about it too much or look at myself, haha.

Right now I'm in a compression vest as well as wearing an abdominal binder. I noticed yesterday when I was putting the vest back on after my shower that my stomach has a bit of a vertical crease, kind of like a butt in the front. I'm hoping that this is something that will resolve itself once it's healed and is just due to the swelling? The vest is very tight so when I put it on it kind of folds my stomach in and my belly button ends up disappearing in the crease. I also noticed that my belly button right now looks like just a slit and I was wondering if that's normal. I've heard of people using marbles once it's healed a bit to give their new belly buttons better shape? I have my next post op visit on the 27th of January and they'll then remove the drains and the steri strips from the incisions. I'm excited to see how it all looks when it's healed! I'm hoping my scars will fade nicely, but has anyone had any luck with things like bio oil or scar strips to help reduce the appearance of their scars?

Before photo

4 weeks post op

I'm now a couple days past four weeks post op and am feeling much better. I didn't end up getting my drains removed until this past Monday, so they were in for just shy of four weeks. It's definitely a strange feeling having them taken out! I'm getting back to all my normal activities now and will be returning to work in five more days. The nipple grafts seem to be healing really well and the incisions look very thin. I've attached a couple pictures so you can see. The dark parts on the nipple are just the glue that still needs to flake off.
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Those pics are awesome! I love how thin the scar line is. Thats gonna be invisible with time. I've seen some that looked really wide and botched!
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I'm hoping so! The doctor has told me that I'll be surprised with how much the scars on my chest fade.
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You are looking very awesome there! Are you planning on using scar treatments? How are you liking the results?
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Thank you! I'm not sure about scar treatments yet because I've heard so many different things about whether they work or not. As of right now I'm just massaging the scars twice a day.
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Holy Cow! The difference in the before and after is AMAZING! So happy for you, what a transformation. I am a little nervous about your drains being in so long. I am scheduled for a LBL on the 12th of March and hoping to return to work in 2 short weeks. I really wasn't planning on returning with drains. Hhhhmmmm.
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Thanks a lot! I had to go back to school with drains in for a little while and it took some getting used to. The hardest part was just trying to figure out how to hide them so that you couldn't see them under my clothes. By 2 weeks mine weren't draining much at all so your doctor may take them out. My doctor just chose to leave mine in that long as a precaution.
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Thanks for the feedback, if you can go to school with drains I can go to work with them. It helps to know others have endured this as well. AND look fabulous as a result!
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oh, for scar treatment - thus far a fan of using "Mepitac" tape on my arm scars, but the "no brainer" for the mid section is the GelZone wrap as it is like a giant silicone lined ace bandage - it provides the silicone in tight contact with your skin + compression.
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Awesome, thanks a lot! I'll check those out.
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Hi there and welcome :). First apologies as this is a rough site on which to be a dude :-). I was curious as to why they could not just use your own nipples as they do with the ladies? Ya, the TT sewing of the muscles is the worst! I am 4 weeks out and still cannot lay flat. I also have that vertical crease as well in my tummy....i am hoping it is swelling and will resolve, but i have seen it before and part of me is wondering if I will need a fleur de lis (vertical incision) if i want it corrected? When we gain and then lose weight, our skin gets stretched both ways - horizontal and vertical. The docs get the vertical with a horizontal incision, but you may be left with some "floppy stuff" that would only be corrected by the vertical incision (i am also in the wait-and-see game on this one)
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I added a before picture so you can see how my chest was before. I wanted the areolas made smaller and the extra skin removed so the doctor first considered doing a donut mastopexy. That would have left the nipples in the same spot and reduced the areolas, but he wasn't sure if it would be enough to really tighten the skin on my chest. as for the stomach crease, mine seems to have gone away! I was a little nervous about needing a revision too but a few days after I posted this it went away on it's own.
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Ok I see...so for a graft, it is still your own nipples correct? They just take them off completely, then put them back on? Do they revacularize? Will you have feeling? Yay for the midline going away! Everyone keeps telling me to be patient....easier said than done!
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Yup, same nipples just taken off and then placed backed on a little bit higher up. Some of the feeling might return but from what I understand it's unlikely for it to ever return to normal.
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Hi there, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your very detailed review with us!

Congratulations on your weight loss. This surgery must feel like the final piece of the puzzle for you, getting the body you've worked so hard for. You look awesome in your after photo, we'd love to see a before photo, if you have any you feel comfortable sharing.
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You Look great!
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