Well, I did lose weight, 40 POUNDS, then gained it back. It's now harder than ever before to lose weight and I try so hard but I'm having zero luck. I am just sick of being embarrassed and feeling ugly. I hate looking at myself in any photos except from the front, and in the last year or so even the front view is bad and I'm starting to see the fat and sag under my chin.
I consulted with three doctors and have decided on Dr. Mizgala. I liked all the doctors that I met with, and I think they all seemed talented and experienced, but Dr. Mizgala is the only one who didn't recommend slicing and dicing up other areas of my face (the other two docs combined recommend upper and lower blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift, fat transfer to cheeks). While I'm sure these areas could all use improvement, I'm not utterly embarrassed by them like I am my chin fat.
When I was nearing the end of my consultation, I blurted out "do you think we could do this area" and started rubbing my enormous gut. She said "show me." I was so freaking embarrassed, I hate my gross fat stomach. But I forced myself to stand up and lift up my sweater and compression undershirt that I always wear. She said she could do it!!
So the chin area is $1500, the body is $8800, with a $300 discount for doing both together.
I was worried my skin won't shrink back into place, and while that is a possibility, she feels confident that it will. I am supposed to wear the neck strap 24/7 the first week, then only at night the second week. I can take it off for a bit here or there to shower, walk the dogs, grocery shop, etc. The body compression I'm supposed to wear 24/7 for 6 weeks.
Supposedly there are NO activity restrictions. Sounds too good to be true, but that's what they're telling me. I have a trainer at the gym and told her I'd be out for one week for sure, and then I'd try to come back the week after. I am really trying to lose weight and I know I could technically use lipo for my entire body, but that's just craziness, not to mention massive amounts of money. I really feel that by getting these areas lipo'd, it will give me back the confidence I've been missing for years, and help motivate me to work harder and eat better. The other areas of my body are not AS resistant to diet and exercise, and anyhow, they are easier to cover up ;-)
About me: I'll be 48 in November. I'm 5'6", 160 lbs. No health issues other than hypothyroidism, for which I take 100 mcg of synthroid.
Oh, one other very cool yet WEIRD thing about this surgery, I will be AWAKE the whole time. I'll be taking a few drugs beforehand to help me relax. They said to bring headphones and my music to listen to while she performs the surgery. So weird, but I'm not squeamish, and I like the fact that I'll recover more quickly than I would with general anesthesia, not to mention a ton of lab work and tests were not required.
I can't drive home, though, so my hubby will be picking me up. He's supportive of me, but does feel like this is a crazy amount of money to spend. I do too, especially when I realize how $10K would make such a difference for so many peoples lives, and here I am using it to suck out my fat. I get depressed and feel silly and frivolous when I think about it too much. I'm trying to stay positive, because the other side of that coin is I get depressed looking at myself in the mirror or photos and don't even like my husband to touch me and feel my fat (even though he loves me and for some weird reason thinks I'm still sexy). I do believe this surgery will really improve our love life, too.
So tomorrow will be busy while I prepare and make sure I have all of my supplies, food, etc. Starting to get a little nervous.