I had a tummy tuck and mons lift with Dr. Joseph F. Capella on April 18, 2013. My results were amazing. You may read about it here. So now I've decided to do a total body transformation. I am scheduled for a 6-hr surgery on October 10th. Dr. Capella will revise my tummy tuck to a lower body lift, do further tightening of my mons, and perform a medial thigh lift, arm lift, flankplasty, and breast lift. I am super excited! You may follow my journey on realself here.
My Bariatric Life "Thighs are Almost Model-Like." 4 Procedures w/Dr. Joseph F. Capella, THE Master of Body Contouring after MWL
I had a tummy tuck and mons lift with Dr. Joseph F...
Bra blubber, fat thighs, etc pre op
A first look at my thighs, one-month post op
Recovery of the thigh lift has been quite easy for me so far, just a small opening in the right groin and some swelling and skin tightness issues... No big deal.
My before thighs
My 7-mos total body transformation from FAT to FAB
Love to all!
Right leg no longer has a range of motion issue
Low rise slim fit size 4 Lucky Brand jeans
The money shot!
Even though I have good skin, my elasticity is poor owing to so many decades of morbid obesity. So unfortunately my scar migrated. You can see it in the second pic. Dr. Capella will revise it for me, but I hope it doesn't migrate after that.
When Beauty Is Not (Exactly) Truth
Should we be more forthcoming about what we do to enhance our looks?
Labia spreading? No thanks!
I addressed my concern about potential labia spreading with Dr. Capella a few times. The primary reason for my concern was that I had very little mons area above my cleft left after the mons lift that was done with my tummy tuck. And during the thigh lift, Dr. Capella was going to tighten the mons medially. I was concerned that pulling the mons and labia to the groin would cause me to spread open. Dr. Capella assured me it would not. However, because he did not "show" me, I remained concerned.
It was not until my markup that while I was lying on the recliner that Dr. Capella showed me. He said something to the effect that this is how he will pull me and he spread my mons with his two fingers. And as soon as he did that, my labia popped open like a clam - even making a "sucking" noise. That part was sort of gross. But what was important to me at the time was that Dr. Capella's demonstration of how he would pull me to tighten my mons confirmed my fears of labia spreading. I wanted to say, "Look, I told you that's what would happen" and in my mind I think that I did say that. But I was petrified going into surgery and could barely utter any words that morning.
Everything turned out remarkably well. Dr. Capella did magnificent work on my mons. I have no labia spreading whatsoever, and my once hideous and disfigured mons is beautiful and sexy. I don't know how he was able to accomplish that, but I have my suspicions that he used a magic wand instead of a scalpel. LOL
Thighs and incision at 3.5-mos post op
I jumped on the scale this morning and I am down to an all time low since gastric bypass surgery of 161. I am thrilled because I was afraid I'd gained weight. So I snapped this pic of myself just to see my transformation. And I like what I see. I like it very much.
What do you think?
Old pix of thigh incision at 1-mos post op
4-mos Post Op with Dr. Capella
My ultimate results to date from body contouring (stages 1 and 2):
I lost 46 inches
I lost 38 pounds (11lbs and 1 liter of fat removed during surgeries)
I went down 5 sizes, from size 14 to size 4
Here's how that plays out:
4” lost from bust
2.5” lost from chest
8.5” lost from waist
10.5” lost from lower abdo
6” lost from hips (and FUPA)
4” total lost from thighs
2” total lost from knee top
6” total lost from upper arms
2.25” total lost from arms just above the elbow
I am gobsmacked and so stinking happy!!!
Correction: body contouring after WEIGHT LOSS
My "before" thighs in jeans, per request
My "after" thighs in leggings
The pic was taken on my spree today -- I am messing around in the Abercrombie & Fitch dressing room, the store that makes clothes super tight and only up to size 10. Here I bought three tees size XS and a hoodie size M. The leggings that I am wearing are LOFT size S. Just last April my size 14 Gap cargo pants were tight on me. I am thrilled with my results.
Finally fulfilled my thigh highs wish
My thighs have not been this nice since I was a skinny 16yo. I don't know how Dr. Capella did it, but I am so glad he did. I love my thighs. Jass28, get ready to love love love your thighs! Good luck next week. You are in the very best of hands.
When fantasy becomes reality...
Dr. Capella charges ~$6-7k all-inclusive for a thigh lift
A selfie taken yesterday shows me in a mini skirt. Never did I think I would ever be able to wear this and look nice. I am so tickled to now be able to do so. Dr. Capella did an amazing job on my thunder thighs, turning them into beautiful thighs.
Size 2 Lucky Brand Skinny Jeans!
Incision 6-mos post op - per request
Views of My Bariatric Life's Thighs 6-mos Post Lift
Dr. Capella does really nice thighs.
My Bariatric Life thigh lift incisions 6.5-months post op
Dr. Capella does the best thighs ever! Recovery was pretty easy. And his prices are good.
Thigh Incision at 7-mos post op
"You and your legs just made my day!"
A jeweler in Carmel, not too shabby... If I was not married I may have taken him up on his offer.
I was wearing a short, fitted B&W dress and a pair of black thigh highs and black vegan leather jacket. I love my legs!
Dr. Capella has given Me a Body to Rival the Body I had in High School
The before and after photos show me last April 2013 shortly before my tummy tuck -- my first plastic surgery -- and me at 50-yrs old taken about a year later in March 2014. I don't think it gets any better than this.
I am convinced that very few plastic surgeons can do what Dr. Capella has done for me.
Thighs no longer rub together when I walk
So yesterday i was wearing a skirt and thigh highs and I noticed I think for the first time that my thighs no longer touch when I walk. Yahoo!
Dr. Capella does the absolute best thighs ever!
Running + PALEO = Amazing!
My daughter has always been athletic, whereas I am a recovering couch potato. Hahaha. I asked her to help me work on my running while I was out there and so she did. We ended up running a 3k with my granddaughter in April and it was a great moment for me on so many levels. My daughter also did her first half marathon - wow!
She and I also did Whole30 and then went PALEO after that. I already eat super clean but this it up a few more notches. I got dairy and added sweeteners out of my life. It was the only place left for me to tighten my diet.
So the combination of running and PALEO has made a huge difference in my weight. Prior to that I had been working out at the gym and just could not drop any significant weight. I would teeter back and forth from the high 150s to the low 160s. Now I am steadily losing weight and not having any bounce back. As of this morning I am 154 pounds.
That may not sound like a lightweight to some people but it is the lowest weight I have been as an adult (over age 21). I am wearing size 2 jeans and I look and feel fit and sexy. My BMI is in the normal range. What I hope to achieve is to loose my excess visceral fat and whittle my waist. I do not want to loose from other parts of my body... They are perfect just the way they are.
I've lost about 50 inches and 45 pounds since last year before my tummy tuck surgery. The transformation has been nothing short of amazing! I am so very happy!
Not Running + Not PALEO = Weight Gain!
Life got really busy. I did some travel and also on-site at a client 3 days/week. So after crew ended I did not make the time to go back to the gym regularly to run. All was fine but then I was going away for 4-day road trips along Route 66. And I had some cheat days here and there. My weight remained stable. When I would see a 3lb gain I would diet. THEN...
I had a few bouts with emotional eating. I guess my metabolism finally went back to normal after 2-mos of not running (or anything really). And I guess those cheat days caught up with me. BECAUSE...
I gained 10 pounds in the blink of an eye (at least that is the way it seemed). I know. I know. I was so lame! Life got busy and I did not prioritize myself and my health. SO...
I put time on my calendar for exercise. Right there next to my office hours. The errands I have to run. And other various commitments, is time booked for the gym. And it works. I can fit it into my schedule. And if I have to move it because something really comes up that is truly a priority, then I move the block of time to a different time slot or day, just like I would reschedule a meeting at the office versus canceling it. But WOW...
I cannot run like I was prior. I am slow and I cannot go the distance and my legs and knees hurt. So I am doing other cardio classes and rowing to build my endurance back up. And I make sure I run as much as is possible. I ran a mile the other day, albeit slow, but at least it is coming back to me more quickly than it did when I first joined the gym, which was around this time last year. UNFORTUNATELY...
The weight is not coming off quickly like it always has in the past. I assume my metabolism is slow and needs to be revved up again from continuous exercise. I am very surprised that my clothes still fit well. No one would really notice the weight gain -- except me, I see it in my waist. THE BOTTOM LINE...
I've learned not to play games with my diet and exercise. You all know what a slippery slope that is. I have worked hard to get to where I am and backsliding would be torture. It is not an option. If you happen to find yourself in the same boat, do not use the 10 pound weight gain as an excuse to admit defeat. Don't feel beaten. Don't think it is too much work to get back to where you were physically. DO NOT use this as an opportunity to make a 10-lb weight gain into a 20-lb weight gain. Just pick yourself up and start at the beginning. Stick with it and soon enough you'll lose that 10-pounds... probably in as much time as it would take you to gain another 10-pounds. Which would you rather have? It is your choice.
I am having my bod pod and fitness assessment done tomorrow. I am curious what the changes will be after one year. I still weigh less than I did this time last year. So I hope my body fat percentage shows significant improvement.
I still love my thighs.
Weight gain may be an autoimmune response
Right now I am recuperating from surgery with Dr. Catherine Winslow. I have to focus on that rather than eliminating even more foods from my already restrictive diet. I have been doing egg white protein drinks since I cannot do whey (I am lactose intolerant) and eggs are one of the foods not allowed on the autoimmune diet. Also not allowed are almonds, which I eat everyday, and nightshade vegetables such as eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes.
I also failed the functional strength and stability test. In some areas I was average but there were two areas where I got 0. Since there were only 7 areas, to fail two of them is not good. I failed because of my right arm that has limited range of motion from the brachioplasty (Long story see my brachioplasty review), and the tightness in my thighs from the body lift, and my rounded shoulders from sitting over a computer keyboard all of the time.
The trainer is going to give me specific exercises to build muscles to pull my shoulders back. He is the second person to tell me that I am going to be a hunched over old lady if I don't correct it now. That's a scary thought.
I wasn't able to do the bod pod assessment so I will be back to do that in January.
Old photo of my nasty thighs
The before photo above was taken on July 8, 2013, just two months before my stage 2 surgery that included the thigh lift. The after photo was taken roughly around April 2014. What a difference! Dr. Capella does very good thigh lifts -- many plastic surgeons cannot execute this procedure well and some are awful.
I honestly haven't seen a better thigh lift than those performed by Dr. Capella. I believe done alone it is a $6-7000 procedure, inclusive of surgeon, OR, anesthesia.
It is wonderful not to have my thighs rubbing together, and to be able to run, and wear short skirts, and leggings, and bikinis, and shorts without getting a crotch wedgie. Ha!
Scars 19-mos post op
Most plastic surgeons will tell you that the thigh lift is the most difficult of procedures, especially on massive weight loss patients. Some surgeons even say the thighs just don't come out good from the procedure. However, there is one plastic surgeon who is a leader in thigh lifts. Dr. Joseph F. Capella has the largest experience in the world doing thigh lifts -- and body contouring for that matter, having done more than 1000 thigh lifts and 10,000 body contouring procedures. He did an absolutely wonderful job with my thighs. They are so firm and youthful looking - all the cellulite is gone and so is the saggy skin and fat from my inner thighs and knees. All of the nurses and aids at the CareCenter where I rehabilitated kept running their hands up and down my thighs to appreciate them. My contour is perfect and my incisions are very straight. I was concerned with how my thighs might come out but they look like beautiful natural thighs, not surgery thighs. Recently a fellow patient on RealSelf wrote me, and he stated "Your thighs are almost model-like." Dr. Capella also did a monsplasty with the thigh lift and I've never looked better. Over and over I look at myself in the mirror and I love how my thighs and mons look. I cannot wait to put on a pair of sheer thigh highs and heels (and nothing else). I've always wanted to look good in them and now I will. You may read my full review here: http://www.realself.com/review/ramsey-nj-medial-thigh-lift-lbl-arm-lift-flankplasty-breast-lift-monsplasty