Body Lift & Breast Lift with aug - in Process (Haven't Had It Yet)

I had my first consultation with a highly...

I had my first consultation with a highly recommended weight loss plastic surgeon in my hometown. He has over 13 years experience with body lift and post-weight loss surgery, and has a stunning office only thirty minutes from my home. My initial consultation was on 3/17/14, and I was greeted and seen quickly. I was also treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity, as dealing with issues of the body is quite personal.

Let me rewind a bit...I lost 105 pounds on Weight Watchers, I was 250 pounds, and I'm now 145. I have been at my goal weight since 8/9/09, and I am active, fit, and healthy. I am 32 years old with no serious medical history as well. I gave myself a few years to see what would happen, if anything with my skin...of course, nothing has tightened up, in fact, because we all tend to age (even me), my skin situation has become worse, I believe. I also have, what I perceive to be, very heavy fatty skin/tissue deposits on my hips and butt. My stomach skin is extremely loose and saggy, and the fat deposits on my side make it nearly impossible to find waist is itty-bitty, and my butt is very large.

Aside from the sheer terror of going under the knife, I'm really ready and desperate to see these unnecessary saggy, fatty pieces of me go away for good.

I am uploading a video and several can see my weight loss transformation as well as my current skin situation.

I would really appreciate any feedback from medical professionals or those who have had the Body Lift procedure. I deal with extreme anxiety, so my fear of surgery is probably more pronounced and unreasonable than most. Hearing from real people in the community will definitely help me!

Also, I work a high-end retail job and will have plenty of time off work (at least three weeks)...that said, what can I expect when I return to work? I am on my feet most of the time, but my job will be more than accommodating for me to sit on a stool with clients (I sell high-end, designer jewelry and diamonds).
I had an LBL two weeks ago. I have worked the last two days, 5 hours one day, 6 the next. I am slow, and thankfully they have recently shifted me so I don't have to deal with customers out front or stand more than I feel comfortable with. I would tell you that the recovery for me has improved rapidly in the last couple days. By 3 weeks I may feel great but right now, I still know that I had work done pretty much every minute of the day. It is tolerable, but still healing for sure.
That is so encouraging!! Thank you for posting! Oddly enough, I love my job! I love the fast pace, the creativity, the product I sell (I work for a local jewelry designer), and, most importantly, I really love my co-workers! It will be hard for me to slow down and recover, but I don't want to risk my results, so there really isn't a choice. There's so much I take for granted at work - bending down, lifting, reaching, standing, wearing high heels, etc.. I'm going to need a lot of help from my team when I return! It will be a weird adjustment for a while - they, too, are used to the "go go go" version of me! Good luck with your continued recovery!!
I am at 3 weeks and went back at 2 weeks it was brutal with 3 hr commute rebound trip in car and sitting vs standing for long periods of time. I had a long planned vacation planned so am in warm air and resting a lot and walking . I still feel like my lower back is falling off and the scars kind of make me sick to look at, lots of Advil. They really tightened but one side of butt is lower than the other due to some fluid that hopefully will resolve. I have no butt to sit on. Pain I hope goes away soon. Good luck to you!

Second consult and financing options!

So, just a quick update...I've been emailing back and forth with the AWESOME patient coordinator at my surgeon's office (at least the one I'm most likely to use at this point), and I'm feeling better mentally better about this process and the procedure. I think that, once I finally come to grips with the fact that I'm doing this for ME, I'm taking time away from work for ME, and I'm going to take as much time as I need to heal properly, everything will become easier - I'm really getting there. I'm one of those weirdos (or lucky ones) who absolutely LOVES work - I love my job, and I'm kind of attached to it, so being away from my clients and co-workers will be hard.

That said, my patient coordinator has helped alleviate so many of my fears and concerns, and, while I won't be pain-free or superwoman, I am feeling SO much better about the healing process and the incredible post-operative care this practice provides.

Also, my parents, wonderful and amazing people, are covering a HUGE portion of the cost of my surgery. While this wasn't necessary, it sure does help alleviate financial stresses - they are just so proud that I've lost the weight AND kept it off for nearly five years!

I don't think anyone ever WANTS to go under the knife, but I want and deserve the body I've worked so hard for...most people who are naturally thin who have never lost any significant amount of weight don't even work out and eat right the way I do, and they look great - I deserve it too!

More to come...
You will need 3 weeks! Surgery itself a piece of cake . Be prepared for afterward and take it very easy. You will be great and yes nothing wrong for doing this for yourself.
I'm glad that you are feeling more comfortable with your decision. And kudos to your parents:)
How exciting...I too am having a lower body lift sometime this summer and a long thigh lift...can't wait to get rid of all the extra skin!


Does anyone out there who has had a LBL deal with extreme anxiety? Normally mine is really quite tame, but considering this surgery and the actual procedure has really heightened my senses and made me freak out a little bit. Any advice or calming words would help! Thanks so much!
They may give you Valium prior. Afterwards you can take that to relax your lower back and other pain meds. I picture myself on a warm beach and take deep breaths plus working out a lot really helps prior to reduce anxiety .
Swelling/bloating seems to be my biggest issue right now, but both of those things are normal and not a sign of problems. I am still using an elevated toilet seat, makes getting up and down so much easier, just a cheap plastic thing left from my husbands back surgery years ago. Drink plenty of water, I don't think you will need that reminder, felt very thirsty following surgery. They did send me home overnight with a catheter, I was so happy to have it removed, but the nurse told me that lots of people beg her to leave it in so they don't have to get up and go. I have used a lift recliner and found it very helpful for the first 2 weeks, now I do OK getting up and down myself.
Loved that elevated toilet seat! I still roll in and out of bed. I came home on ambulance flat on my back 3 days later from hotel and they pulled my catheter the next day. I am almost at week 4 Monday.

Second Consultation

I had my second consultation with my surgeon yesterday - it went SO well, and I'm so excited! This is starting to become more and more's hard to believe, and still a little bit scary...but mostly exciting.

I was so impressed with how my doc answered all of my questions, took so much time with me, and really addressed all my concerns with understanding and support. I have two more consults next month just to shore up loose ends and make sure I'm getting the necessary, professional evaluations.

At first I really wasn't thinking about doing breast work because I didn't want to be under or deal with extra pain, but, after thinking and stewing on it for a while and finally coming to grips with the reality of anesthesia and pain, I'm pretty sure I am on board with a breast lift and slight augmentation now. Obviously, everything comes down to money and recovery, but my surgeon is beyond confident that he can safely perform both surgeries at once with very little added recovery time...I guess breast work is relatively simple - I'd sure appreciate any feedback on that subject.

I'm dealing with a little bit of push back from work regarding taking time off, which is frustrating and disappointing...on top of the fact that my personal medical records have been disclosed without my consent (not good), but I'm working directly with my manager to get things squared away and make sure we're doing what's right for me and for the business - I freaking love my job and the company I work for, so my health AND my career matter!

My surgeon is pretty confident that I'll want to return to work (part time) after about two weeks - I would really appreciate anyone shedding some light on that. My gut is telling me that I'll want/need three weeks, but if I can work shorter shifts after week two, that would be great! I work retail, but I have the option to sit and take breaks as needed. Any advice?

I'm still hoping to have my procedure done late August/early September. We'll see! I'm functioning on very little sleep after so much excitement yesterday, so it's hard to think straight!

Anyway, more to come as things progress...

Putting on my Patience Pants

So, I got some pretty major pushback at work for taking time off for my surgery, despite the fact that at least three HIPAA laws were violated. That said, it looks like we may have compromised on a January surgery date. I work for a high-end retailer, and Q4 is vital for the company and my paycheck. As much as I don't want to wait 8.5 months to get this done, I will gladly take the month of January off to avoid the post-Christmas returns!!

Also, I'm an actress/singer, and I was recently cast in a local production that will consume the next three months of my life, so really, the wait isn't that long!

I think I've always secretly wished to take January off, so it really is a blessing. I will just have to really focus on occupying my time elsewhere in the meantime!

259 days!
Well --- despite the skin -- kudos' on the weight loss!!! How exciting to have it removed -- you will look fab but don't over-due after surgery -- not worth it!

Lab work...

I had a physical with my PCP about two weeks ago to have some preliminary blood work done. My iron is seriously low, as usual. I'm really working on boosting my iron levels with Bariatric Advantage chewable iron tabs and boosting my protein, calcium, and B12 as a pre-op precuation (per Doctor's orders). Even though I'm still planning on having my procedure in January, 2015, there's certainly no harm in getting things where they should be now and going in to surgery as fit and healthy as humanly possible!

Has anyone had experience with Anemia or B12 deficient pre-surery? I'd appreciate any advice!

Thanks so much!
Hi! i was going to comment on the "two weeks" you can go back to a retail job? That seems like an awfully short recovery period - I was in no shape to return to work remote (and i work on a laptop all day) after two weeks! Your energy levels are just shot. I think for an on your feet retail job, four weeks IMHO...
I agree. Doc said two weeks minimum based on my age, health, and fitness level. I'm planning on taking four weeks with the option of returning earlier if I'm able - maybe on a part-time basis at first. I have the option to sit pretty often, but I do have to walk to the bathroom and get up to help clients. That's why I'm pushing my surgery date out until January - super quiet time of year and after the holiday rush. Thank you for your input! I had a gut feeling that two weeks was too aggressive.

So angry...

Has anyone else out there struggled with getting time off for their LBL approved through work? I work for a very small company with an unclear set of policies and procedures, so I'd sure appreciate your advice! At this point, my GM is only approving 15 consecutive days off...obviously not enough. Help! I'm so angry and discouraged!
I went back to work at 12 days. I did have wound separation, which may or may not have been caused by the stresses of work and commuting. At 7 weeks and counting my wound separation is still healing, but I have been able to work continuously since that 12 day mark. It has been a long slow path, and work still takes everything I have in me, but it is doable, AND the result is so worth it! I have my new body AND my job, both so very important.
Also I would add, I am in my 50's, you are so much younger. It will be tough, but it is doable. Work hard at getting yourself in the best possible pre-surgery condition you can, that will help to shorten the recovery time. Perhaps with time, your boss will soften on this issue, retail is about image, and you are making a big investment in your personal image, that does help sell their product. Perhaps some photos of exactly what you hope to get rid of might help?
How severe is your wound separation? That seems to be the most common complication. I'm glad to hear you're healing!

Second Surgeon Consult

So, I went to a second surgeon for another opinion, and I was blown away, and not in a great way. This surgeon comes HIGHLY recommended and is considered to be in the top 1% of surgeons in the country. He has an office in Denver & Beverly Hills. I was extremely impressed with his bedside manner, knowledge, explanations, and his entire staff.

The thing that is boggling my mind, and maybe some if you can chime in on this...this surgeon is saying my LBL (tummy tuck, outer thigh lift, butt lift) will take 10-12 hours!!!!! That seems crazy and excessive to me - under anesthesia for 10-12 hours??! Also, he won't even do a breast lift at the same time, as that will add another 6-7 hours! On top of that, the LBL alone was priced at $35k.

Folks, help me out here. This seems absolutely nuts and excessive. I loved everything about the surgeon as far as bedside manner, knowledge, & thoroughness was concerned, but I cannot wrap my head around the amount of time he quoted or the whopping bill. Not to mention, his before & after gallery is not mind-blowingly impressive. I'm so confused!!

How long were you all under for this procedure, and what did you pay?

Thank you!!
My Lift with butt augmentation via fat transfer, and hernia repair took 9 hours and 39 minutes yesterday so it doesn't seem impossible. Those fees are astronomical.
My surgery was long too, but so worth it. Last year my surgeries were much shorter and the outcome really showed it with sloppy sewing. This new surgeon took a long time sewing making sure my cuts were perfect, this is a surgery you don't want to rush. I had a twilight sedation which is one thing I really went looking for. I woke up a few hours after this very long surgery feeling joking
My price was under $10,000....If you read my review you will see why my surgery was longer than most, all do to something I did...ugh poor surgeon...

Got my surgery date!

So, as many of you might remember, I was having an extremely difficult time with my employer regarding this surgery request. Despite the fact that I've been a top-performing, loyal, reliable employee for the past four years, my request for time off had been denied...until the beginning of August. I finally had a heart to heart with the GM of my company, and I was nothing but honest about what and why...when I'm fully clothed, no one would ever guess I deal with the skin issues that I do. Needless to say, my GM was shocked and I could see the tears welling up in her eyes...she knew at that moment that this was something extremely important to me, and she made an exception. I feel extremely grateful.

My surgery date is set for January 13th, 2015, and I will have a full three weeks off, if necessary, and possibly more depending on whether or not I have any complications. Feeling like I was HAD to go back to work after two weeks was very stressful for me, so I'm relieved to have the time I believe I will need to recover.

Also, when I had blood drawn back in the spring, I was severely anemic. I have been for years, and nothing has worked to correct it, until now! I started taking my husband's bariatric advantage iron & b12 supplements, and my levels are now off the charts! I'm so excited...the coolest thing about getting good lab results for me was that my surgeon gave me a personal phone call the day he got the labs. I was ecstatic to hear his voice on the other line - it was just so personal and reassuring.

I'm beyond confident that I have chosen an excellent surgeon for this procedure, and I'm very, very excited for my big day...albeit a bit terrified as well.

I'm still debating having the girls done as well - I'd really love to do it all at once, but it's all a matter of finances.

Anyway, that's the scoop...I'll be posting more as things progress!
Sorry I got here late. You were concerned about your 2nd consultation. My name is Peter Fisher. I specialize in post massive weight loss. Done so for 15 years and in practice for 25 years. May review my web site . Wanted to say that a well performed lower body lift which in my hands incudes a tt, mons lift strong lateral thigh lift, buttocks lift and auto-augmentation of the buttocks and hips to retain or gain a curvy look, takes about 6 hours. I will usually do a breast procedure at the same time. The recovery in general especially if you are acting is at least 6 weeks and could be longer. A small percentage of patients do really well and at 2 weeks are very mobile even though I discourage even moderate activity for 6 weeks. Good luck with your surgery. Peter Fisher M.D.
Congratulations on setting a date. You will feel so much better mentally and physically once you have it done.
Are you sure that you want to have the breast work done at the same time as lbl? I may have read this too quickly but you will need your arm strength w the lbl. I have had face lift neck upper eyes in one surgery then a second for beasts then a third for lbl. My md would not do both at the same time. I also had lipo 2 yrs ago. If you do then you will really need those 3 weeks is my personal advice.

Girls too!!

Hey all! So, I'm 99% sure I'm going to do the breast work at the same time as my LBL. I'd really appreciate any advice or recovery information from people who have done both. Thank you so much!

Date booked and down payment PAID!!!

I had my third and final consult with my surgeon yesterday, and I'm so excited!!! I'm doing the breast work as well - they only say about a week recovery for breast work anyway, so it's minor when combining it with the lower body lift. I will also have LOTS of help post-op. I will have a nurse with me around the clock for the first two days, in addition to my wonderful husband and mom! My brother will also be coming down from the mountains to make sure I'm okay (he's a paramedic/EMT/firefighter). I have the BEST care team on the planet, and I believe I have the best surgeon around!!!

This process has taken quite a bit longer than I anticipated going in to everything in March...I apologized to my surgeon and the patient coordinator (who have been unbelievable through all of this), and Dr. Nick gave me a big hug and said we just want to make sure it's right! He's a doctor, very matter of fact, but he has a soft side and understands that some of us crazy women need that!

Also, the patient coordinator and I were playing with implant sizers before Dr. Nick came in the room - I was feeling really awesome about the size I chose, and snapped a few photos. When Dr. Nick came in, he looked at me with a big smile on his face and said, "Are you stuffing your bra?" Having a great sense of humor is also tremendously important to me. I was so pleased with yesterday's appointment!

My surgery date is set for January 6th, 2015! I'm counting down the days!
Hi there, I was wondering if you are going to have whats called a "corset trunkplast". It's a modified TT/body lift, and the incisions are made across, just under the breast to the "fat back" area and down the center of abdomen, and across pubic area like a reqular TT? I am having this done in Feb and was wondering if your Dr say's it's cool to have breast augmentation done at the same time. I was told by one doc that becuase of the nature of the incision, it's not wise. Do you know anything about this?? Thanks in advance Eden
Hi! I'm so sorry, but I don't. My doc is doing a standard extended TT & butt lift. Have you had multiple consults with different surgeons? That would be my best advice! Good luck!
Congratulations on setting a date. What size breasts are you going to go with - the picture of you on the lower right look like a good size.
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