As a lap band patient at the clinic previously I lost quite a large amount of weight but was feeling like an old lady at 42 with a hanging flabby stomach and was constantly hiding. Almost 5 weeks now since surgery and still swollen but incisions are clean and still a bit sore but am glad I did it! I now want to get my ass and legs in shape..Its given me hope.
Pros - restores confidence, feel less like a whale, feel like I can wear a bikini again. lol...Cons. - sore for a while, scaring (but no one can see it and it will fade with the silicon strips), process doesnt happen over night despite operation. It takes time to heal. I knew what I was up against since I researched tummy tucks on the net for a few years. I liked the drainless approach the best so spoke with my husband who also pushed a bit and we agreed it was best. He was tired of seeing me always hide my stomach and it affects more than just your social life, but your personal life too when you are not comfortable within your own skin. I tended to most of the time try to hide my lower body in pictures that were taken out of embarassment. You could take a picture of my face and chest but not lower without me, later picking it apart and feeling rotten.
So in reality...low self esteem is the truth. I realize this surgery doesn't fix it, but helps to make me want to get myself in better shape and gives it a kickstart. At least now, I won't have people coming up to me and saying the usual "Such a pretty face" too bad you can't lose the weight!" You hear it enough and it does hurt and affect you in ways you can't imagine. When I first walked into the clinic, I felt elated since I wasn't being judged but understood!