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11/25/12 1:42 P

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I agree, PRAIRIELAKELADY! I, too had a breast reduction and tummy tuck, and now I see the back fat, and the upper arm batwings, and the hanging inner thighs and have to tell myself "Whoa!" I am never going to be 25 again, or even 50. Jacking up my retiirement account is more important (as an Illinois state employee). My sister just got her lips plumped up a little, and her daughters have given her NO END of grief. To do cosmetic surgery to get rid of extra, post weight-loss skin is somehow okay, but to look better...that's just vain.

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11/25/12 9:43 A

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I think it is also a topic that seems pretty taboo. The only problem I see is that I have had a tummy tuck and a breast reduction, and now the turkey wattle on my neck is very prominent as it is the thing that is sticking out the most. And I see back fat that I never saw before.

I have to say stop to myself, as apparently I will never look like the 25 year old that I wish I would have looked like when I was 25

I think if it is something that has bothered you for a long time and you can afford it, it will be money well spent.
Be sure to take a lot of before pictures-I don't have any good ones, and now I can't recall how I looked before.



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11/2/12 12:49 P

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Here I am discovering this thread a little late. I am a big believer in looking the way you want to look as long as you don't starve your family to do it. Why is it only OK to have cosmetic surgery to remove skin? We all have the right to look the way we want to look. I just got on the surgeon's schedule for a facelift and I am excited. I have taken care of my husband and my mother through their illnesses the last two years, now it's my turn.

We are certainly subject to God's will, I have no problem with that. But I have no problem with the idea of interfering a little here and there. What is wrong with a little vanity if it doesn't hurt other people?

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AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
8/22/12 12:04 P

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Or maybe there is the thought that it's just a vanity thing. As opposed to a real health issue.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,932
8/21/12 11:32 P

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You know, I think it might actually BE a taboo subject.

When I was hunting around on the site for more information (and for people who have opted for it so I could ask about their experiences), I noticed that the only community who seemed to openly discuss it was the bariatric community.

Perhaps they're more comfortable with the idea of surgery in the first place, having used it to help them lose the weight? Maybe the idea of getting cut isn't so scary if you've already dealt with it once?

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8/21/12 11:00 A

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This is the one thing about SparkPeople that bothers me, the fact that there isn't more talk about this; as if it is a taboo subject. Sure perhaps people who have had massive weight loss through diet and exercise may not need some kind of procedure done but there are going to be plenty who do. Being overweight all my life meant that I had quite a bit excess skin and some fat deposits that wouldn't go away even though I was exercising regularly. When I wanted help from the place that got me to this point it was mysteriously and eerily quiet on the subject.

I have had a couple of procedures, one for the ring of excess skin around my waist and another for the excess fat and skin on my chest. I am very glad I had them both done because it has helped me to feel worlds better about the thinner body I am now inhabiting.

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AEBROWNSON's Photo AEBROWNSON Posts: 409
8/21/12 9:26 A

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Thank you for doing this! I started this team because there was nothing like it on SparkPeople, but I knew there must be SOME people who had questions about it. When you have massive weight loss, especially if you are a little older with less elastic skin, there really is no other way to not be incredibly saggy, not to mention the potential health problems of skin breakdown from folds of skin. I had a breast reduction and a tummy tuck about 6 weeks apart and I'd do it again in a minute! I couldn't get them done at the same time because insurance paid for the breast reduction but not the tummy tuck.

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8/20/12 7:47 P

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Hi There,

I asked three of my friends who I know have had skin removal to join, because I'd like to see an active place where I can find them (and others with similar experiences) and ask questions. And I think the idea of this team is fantastic, because there really ISN'T anywhere else to ask about this stuff, or find people who know about it.

I myself have lost 186 lbs (as you can see from my homemade trophy icon), but am kind of chicken to consider the surgery so far.

I'm also a team leader over at At Goal and Maintaining, and people over there now and then ask about saggy skin, etc. and I had nowhere to refer them. I'm going to revive that thread right now and mention this team over there.

The topic also comes up with some regularity at the 300+ team, and I think I'm going to add a team link over there back to this team.

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