Lost almost 200 lbs but left with painful, heavy excess skin everywhere. Seeking help. Feels beyond uncomfortable (Photo)
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Body contouring after weight loss
Congratulations on your impressive weight loss. Its common after significant weight loss to experience skin laxity and associated discomfort. The good news is that body contouring surgery including body lift surgery, combined with breast lift, arm and thigh lift surgery can transform your body. I am unaware about your options in your local area but many surgeons offer finance packages.
When unable to truly afford extensive surgery
Congratulations on your weight loss!
First of all, congratulations on doing what you had to do to lose all that excess weight. Fat people do not live long! Your trainer is right - exercise is very helpful for toning muscles and burning calories, but does not tighten skin. In this country, even if you had the best insurance, you would have to pay for the surgery because removing excess skin is not considered medically necessary. If you do not have money for the procedure, you might try a resident clinic at one of the local universities (Loma Linda would be closest to you, could also try UCI, UCLA or USC). Good luck, you will feel a lot better about yourself after you get rid of the skin excess!
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Thank you for your email. Congratulations for achieving massive weight loss. Well done !! I am not aware about the medical system in your country. In U.K , patients are assessed in NHS against set criteria and if they qualify, the procedures are funded by the NHS. You will require skin reduction procedures e.g. Lower body lift, breast lift, upper arm lift, thigh reduction , face lift and upper body lift. All these operations will be done in stages. May I suggest you that you get an opinion by a plastic surgeon in your area who specialises in this field. Best wishes