After losing 240 pounds through diet and exercise...
15 Jul 2014
2 months post
After losing 240 pounds through diet and exercise over 2 years, and completely changing my life to insure my weight loss was permanent by becoming a personal trainer and nutrition coach, I had done all I could with exercise to tighten and tone the skin left hanging around when I went from a 61 inch waist to a 27 inch waist. I had 3 consultations with 3 different plastic surgeons, and felt the most comfortable with Dr Bruce Mast in Gainesville, Florida and underwent the lower body lift in May 2014. I was quite surprised at how minimal the pain was, considering I had the incision that went all the way around me to lift the buttocks, outer thighs, pubic lift and tummy tuck. My surgery was performed at an outpatient center, and I went in to surgery at 7:00 am, and was out by 1:00 pm, and home by 4:00 pm. I had two drains left in place that were emptied twice a day but there wasn't a lot to empty thankfully, and the drains were removed within my first week postop. I had a problem with swelling in my legs and abdomen after I decided to be up on my feet day 3 after surgery to show off how good I felt, which landed me in compression stockings and bed rest for a week, but after that I was allowed to slowly resume working back into my normal routine. I ran for the first time 3 weeks after surgery and began working back into my full training routine. The only complaint I have is the stretching feeling in the new belly button but its slowly becoming less obviously sensitive as I continue working it. Its great to finally wear low rise pants without the muffin top effect from the lose skin!
Before weight loss and post op
17 Jul 2014
2 months post
First picture is before I lost weight. Second picture is 4 days post op and you could see I was quite swollen. Third picture is 2 weeks post op with swelling going down and last picture is close up at 6 weeks post op.
6 Months Post Op
I'm 6 months post op since I had my lower body lift done. I did end up having bilateral brachioplasty and breast augmentation done 8 weeks after my lower body lift, so my recovery period was extended before I was released to resume physical activity. My surgeon is very pleased with my progress and the fading of my scar. I've been rubbing it twice daily with coconut oil mixed into Eucerin lotion, and it's fading nicely. I've resumed my full time position as a personal trainer and boot camp instructor, back to running 17 miles per week, muscle training, cross training and no pain or swelling. I still wear compression when I am weight training but otherwise I am completely out of compression garments. I still have some numbness along my incision but overall it has been well worth it to rid myself of the 33 inches of skin that hung around me. I couldn't have ask for a better surgeon to finish my last leg of my weight loss journey!
8 months post op and loving my body
I am still wearing my compression when I am exercising because otherwise I notice that I will swell, and that bothers me, but I run, do cross training, weight lifting, absolutely no problems physically, and in fact I believe the skin removal gives me the confidence to not be awkward with jumps or movements that would make it flop around. My surgeon is very pleased with my results but is recommending we do a revision right above the pubic line to get me perfectly flat as I so desire.
Working on me
It's hard to believe it's been almost 18 months since my body lift. I am still uncomfortable showing my belly uncovered, but yes it looks much better than it did before I had the surgery. I have no problems, no numbness, no swelling. I train 6 days a week without any problems and love how I don't have to tuck loose skin into my pants anymore!
Nearly 2 years later and STILL blown away!
Here I am, almost 2 years after having the lower body lift, and 18 months after having the bilateral brachioplasty and breast augmentation, and I'm still getting used to the reflection in the mirror. I was given an opportunity to compete in an amateur fitness figure competition in October 2015 and I could finally look in the mirror and say "I WAS PROUD!" That was harder to do than all the pounds lost, all the weight loss maintained, and the rehabilitation after surgery to regain ALL my strength and definition. The most priceless moment for me was hearing not that I was beautiful but that I was one of the strongest and most inspiring people that any of the competitors or judges had met. Short story long is that 6 years ago, I set a goal JUST to weigh less than 350 pounds by my 30th birthday, but a higher power said "Don't settle for just good enough, be better than just okay, motivate and inspire those who say I can't to believe they can because they WILL after they see YOU DID IT!", and I did it; I am maintaining around 145 pounds, getting to share this journey and turn the nonbelievers into doers movers and shakers. Thank you for all the encouragement, may you all have nothing but blessings and prosperity moving and shaking into 2016! Here are my favorite pictures from October!