I can’t believe today I’m 1 year post op from my arm lift!!! The skin I was left with on my arms affected me loads didn’t have confidence to wear strapless of sleeveless tops with out a cardigan, I would have to buy clothes 2 sizes too big just so my arms would fit, then my fab surgeon done the operation and I’m soooo happy, best thing I ever did!!!!! #excessskin#excessskinremoval#weightlossjourney#weightloss#brachioplasty#newarms
Here it is. The only picture I can find of me at my peak weight. Looking at this photo makes me feel all the things at once. Looking at this photo reinforces that I had been far bigger than my offical weigh in of 210kgs (463lbs). To be honest, my guesstimate of 240kgs (530lbs) may even be an underestimate 😭 #throwbackthursday 130(Ish)kgs (310lbs) difference. Thanks for being such a trooper, dude.
My tummy tuck journey began today! Since it's a topic that interests a lot of people, I'll be posting updates as I go along.
A little on my backstory if you don't know. I was overweight my whole life until I joined WW in Jan 2015 after baby 1. I lost about 25lbs before I unexpectedly got pregnant with baby 2. Luckily I only gained about 5lbs with him. After his birth in April 2016, I joined WW again and lost the rest of the weight for a total of 92 lbs. I made Lifetime in April last year so I've been at my goal weight for a year.
After losing all that weight and having two kids, I was left with significant excess skin on several parts of my body, my abdomen being the most problematic. My breasts and thighs are saggy also but I'm not sure yet if I'm having any work in those areas. It will depend on the cost.
I thought getting 3 different opinions would be helpful so today I went to see the first surgeon. He said with me being at a healthy weight and having zero health problems (I'm so fortunate), makes me an ideal candidate for surgery. He told me that I don't even need any tightening of my abdominal wall, so that'll save me a little green and make recovery easier.
The person who figures up the pricing was out on vacation so I won't have any numbers until next week.
I'm so excited to get the ball rolling on this! I'll post a "before" photo or maybe even a video sometime before I have the surgery the end of April.
Right at 6 weeks post-op and I can finally wear jeans again. It can be a bit uncomfortable because my lower back and stomach are still swollen, but mostly it’s not bad and I can wear jeans fairly comfortably. I’m sure you’ll still see me rocking dresses and leggings for a while too though. 😛
Before surgery I wore a size 2 or 4. I was at a weird spot where a 4 was too big for my hips but fit the excess skin and a 2 fit my hips but was too small for the skin. It was no fun!
After surgery I’m super happy to say I’m wearing the same sizes, just trying to figure out which jeans accommodate my new booty and body shape. I see some jean shopping in my future!
In the pic I’m wearing a size 2. You can see the difference surgery made with the skin. It went from spilling over to giving me a much smoother silhouette (which is what I wanted so yay!). But I’ve always wanted to wear jeans that just fit me, you know. No love handles, no covering up skin or FUPA or whatever else, just fit my hips and laid flat. I finally got to experience that and it’s fantastic!
Aujourd'hui, j'ai revu mon chirurgien après 9 mois sans pouvoir le voir (imprévus en tout genre, de son côté comme du mien).
Le bilan que nous avons établi ensemble était très positif, et lorsque je l'ai remercié à la fin du rendez-vous, il m'a dit : "Je n'ai fait que vous enlever un morceau d'estomac. Tout le reste, vous l'avez fait vous-même. Vous pouvez être fière de vous." _________
Prochaine étape : 1er juin, première visite chez le plasticien pour la chirurgie réparatrice. Nous verrons ensemble si je commence par la brachioplastie (chirurgie permettant d'enlever l'excédent de peau au niveau des bras) ou par l'abdominoplastie (même chose, mais au niveau du ventre).
En attendant, on se motive à fond pour avoir la meilleure santé physique possible, car la convalescence sera longue !