I had bariatric surgery 5 years ago at 341lbs (I’m only 5’3) and after losing about 170lbs I had a lot of excess/saggy skin. I always had the thought to have reconstructive surgery but it was always later in life but then my grandmother went in for a procedure. Suddenly I realized I didn’t want to wait anymore! I wanted the body that I thought I should have after losing all that weight.
I spent a lot of time reading in forums to prepare for my surgery, I even watched a couple surgical videos (I don’t recommend this) and I really feel like it helped set my expectations. I was actually prepared for my recovery to be worse than it actually was and even though there were parts that were hard it was totally worth it!
Only thing I caution people about now is doing the arm lift at the same time as a circumferential abdominoplasty. When I was setting consults some doctors would not do these two procedures at the same time. Before surgery I didn't really understand why, now I do. I don't regret doing it all at the same time but if this is something you decide to do be prepared that it won’t be easy. You are losing basically your entire upper body when doing them at the same time. I wasn’t able to use my arms to help lift and move myself but thankfully I had help so I was able to do it.
I am MORE than 100% happy with my decision. Seriously I can’t believe that I waited this long! If this is something you really want, you should go for it and not put it off!