I have been overweight my whole life, never under...
I have been overweight my whole life, never under 140 since I was 14 (except for one day at 139!), and 267 at the highest. As a college freshman, my weight ballooned to 250; I then lost 90 lbs. This pattern was repeated at least three more times over the years. My weight gradually crept up (steadily) to a high of 267. After all those yo-yo times, I decided it would be healthier to be heavy than to gain and lose major amounts, so I stopped dieting. That was all well and good, except my knees hurt, I couldn't do as much as I wanted, and I really didn't feel good about my body. About 6 years ago a friend (also overweight) laid down a challenge that we lose 5 pounds in 4 months. I do have a competitive streak and lost 30. I continued on to lose 60. Then 3+ yrs ago I became my mom's caregiver after she fell and fractured a vertebrae. Trying to get her to eat I gained 25 lbs back. In 2013-2014, I had both knees replaced and also had surgery for a badly fractured tibia. After struggling for 2 ½ yrs, I dug in again and (since November) have lost 65+ more for an overall loss of over 100 lbs. My mom died at 95 just 4 days after I started the Ideal Protein diet. My partner left in January. I could have caved in, given up, and gained who knows how much, but I didn't. I am proud of what I have done, but I know that the excess skin will be with me no matter what. That excess skin has been with me since I was 18 and has not gotten smaller with time! This time, that skin is going! I am scheduled for an abdominoplasty/panniculectomy and brachioplasty (both arms) in early October (my surgeon will work on my abdomen and his partner will do my arms, saving anesthesia time [and some $ too]). At 67, my attitude is it's never too late! I don't have any photos yet, but will keep you informed. I really appreciate reading everyone else's stories!
Dr. Michael Loffredo in Hyannis is absolutely the best! I sailed through surgery and recovery (I'm six weeks from surgery). Scars really minimal for this amount of time.
I'm finally posting before photos. I promise to take after photos soon.
Dr. Loffredo took 9-10 lbs of skin and fat but it feels like he took 50 or more.
6 weeks post op
Scars are amazingly not red, inflamed, anything! Already fading nicely. Difference in skin color on top/ bottom of arm incisions because summer tan hadn't faded yet! I don't look 21, but I'm 67 and I'm amazed at how I look now. Losing 120+ lbs was necessary to do this, but removing the skin was what absolutely made the best difference (and, no, I'm not minimizing the weight loss!).