Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss…

First I would like to apologize for the lack of postings in the last few weeks. I had a new class start up at work that requires a lot of prep work and combined with the other classes I am teaching as well as taking care of my family and exercise I am all out of energy to blog at night. I am sad that I have even posted my weekly food prep and menu for the week. I knew this week was going to be just as busy so I kept my menu super simple but so far it has been delicious!

Menu:

  • Weight Watchers Turkey, Zucchini Quinoa Meatloaves (Weight Watchers Power Foods Book)
  • Weight Watchers Crock Pot Chicken Tika Masala – So delicious!
  • Spicy Pineapple Chicken Burgers - This recipe is from Laa Loosh one of my favorite blogs and I cannot wait to chow down on these.
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - This recipe is from Skinny Taste another fantastic go to blog for healthy meals with weight watchers points already calculated for you.
  • Chicken Fajitas – This is just a super simple mix of grilled chicken breast sliced into 2-inch pieces thrown in a large skillet with onion, bell peppers and garlic. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of black beans (drained and rinsed). I used low sodium black beans. Simmer with a table spoon of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and a teaspoon or so of cumin. Add any cayenne or chili pepper you want. I can’t go to heavy right now because my daughter eats all of the same meals as us. So delicious and simple.
  • Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries - I am dying to make these this week. I am obsessed with green beans and could eat them everyday. I’m thinking these will probably get paired with the pulled pork for dinner.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad - Saturday we are celebrating my best friends birthday so I am bringing this tropical fruit salad from skinny taste.
  • Leftovers – one night this week will be leftovers to use up the remaining items in the fridge.
Lunch prep with turkey, zucchini quinoa meatloaf, frozen green peas and strawberries

Lunch prep with turkey, zucchini quinoa meatloaf, frozen green peas and strawberries

Chicken fajitas with steamed green beans and an apricot

Chicken fajitas with steamed green beans and an apricot

Green Smotthie Pancakes from Kiss my Broccoli Blog. These were so good!

Green Smoothie Pancakes from Kiss my Broccoli Blog. These were so good!

So now to the real topic of this post…plastic surgery. Today I had my first plastic surgery consultation regarding an abdomonioplasty which is otherwise known as a tummy tuck. After losing over 130 pounds your body just doesn’t bounce back, I don’t care what age you are. I have been heavy my entire life so my skin has been through a lot even though I am only 30. A lot of people ask why I want to have surgery and I have had to do a lot of thinking and soul searching. When I first started losing weight I was very realistic in my expectations that I was not going to have a model thin body when I finally met goal. Honestly I did not know how my body was going to react and change at all since I had never really lost very much way before. Overall I have to say I am very pleased with how I look. My arms and back have some loose skin but I know I can keep exercising and toning and these areas will continue to improve. Also my chest has shrunken down, luckily I was not large chested to begin with and my skin elasticity is still pretty good there. However my stomach is a whole other story!

My husband and I shortly after our engagement around 285 - 290 pounds

My husband and I shortly after our engagement around 285 – 290 pounds

This was taken two years after we were married in 2007. We eloped so we took anniversary photos a couple of years later. :-)

This was taken two years after we were married in 2007. We eloped so we took anniversary photos a couple of years later.

Lets just say I have quite a bit of loose hanging skin (Eew sounds gross when you write that out) ;-) I have it above my belly button where my pants used to fit and below that which if I am correct is kind of like an apron. No matter how much exercise I do this skin is not going to go away. It sure has improved and gotten smaller and spanx and compression workout pants are a girls best friend. Working out would be incredibly uncomfortable if I did not have the compression pants to hold it all in. People are often surprised and don’t believe me when I say I have that much skin until I show them because you can hold it in with these items. So why not just keep wearing them?

Well honestly I will admit I am vain as most people are. I have worked so so hard to transform my physically and mentally. It is hard to have all this skin and know that it is not going to go away on its own. Also because it makes me feel deformed in a way because you bend over the skin just hangs from my body. I would love to have it gone and experience what it feels like to not have this large mound of skin on the front of my body. I want to put on a bathing suit and not be so self conscious of what bathing suit bottoms I have to find to help cover up this area. And yes I will admit I would like to put on a bikini for the first time. See I told you I was vain.

Taken this past weekend in my first pair of size 8 shorts.

Taken this past weekend in my first pair of size 8 shorts.

Also taken this weekend before we headed off to the beach to celebrate Father's day.

Also taken this weekend before we headed off to the beach to celebrate Father’s day.

I will say I am not taking this process lightly. I have been researching all the various procedures and doctors that I can in my area. I am making multiple consultations with board certified surgeons so I can try to find one that is the right fit for me. I have another consultation next week and I am planning to set up a couple more before I make an official decision. I am nervously excited to pursue this and can’t wait to share my progress with you all as I go along. If I decided to proceed with the surgery it will probably be scheduled for the end of the year when I am able to take a longer period of time off work. This allows plenty of time to get my ducks in a row and continue to exercise and tone up my body. Luckily for me, this particular surgeon stated that my stomach muscles seem to be in really good shape and have not separated which means he does not have to stitch them together. So really this is the removal of the excess skin which hopefully will help me recover to recover a little quicker.

Questions for you: Has anyone out there that has lost a significant amount of weight had any plastic surgery to fix problem areas?

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Comments: 6

  1. Angela June 19, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    Your honesty is much appreciated! I too hope to one day need this surgery. To me the surgery is the last step, saying you have made it and there’s no going back. Extra insurance to keep you on the right path, and when I say “you” I am talking about me.

  2. Bethany June 19, 2013 at 11:27 am Reply

    I’m sure you probably have heard of her but Jen at PriorFatGirl.com lost a lot of weight & had 2 skin removal surgeries-1 of which was for her stomach. She also seriously considered it & I think is pleased with the outcome. Can’t wait til I get to that point! Check out her posts on the topic at http://www.priorfatgirl.com/category/popular-subjects/skin-removal-surgery. Best of luck on this phase in your journey!

    • Tessa June 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm Reply

      Bethany I haven’t actually read her post but I definitely am going to head over there now and check it out. I really appreciate the heads up! Thank you for your support. :-)

  3. Lauren June 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm Reply

    I have definitely missed your blog posts:-) but I definitely know how busy you have been!!! I so glad you are meeting with doctors and figuring out where to do it!!! You look amazing now:-) we will be rocking bikinis next summer!!! Can you believe how far we have come with our weight losses!!! You are my inspiration girl and definitely keep me going with mine!! I feel like I look the best I ever have and have you to thank for help pushing me to go to the gym:-) love you girl and I will be here for any help you need in picking a doctor and any help you will need after surgery!

  4. Kristi June 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply

    I don’t know if you’ve hear of this tumblr:
    http://funeralformyfat.tumblr.com/tagged/tummytuck
    She’s lost over 100lbs and is at the end of her recovery from a tummy tuck. Could be helpful…

    • Tessa June 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply

      I haven’t read this one yet so thank you so so much for sharing the link. I can’t wait to check it out!

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