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COFFEEQUEEEN SparkPoints: (17,057)
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1/29/13 4:36 P

Oh, and if you're like me, you've tried firming lotions and discovered they don't work. Well, I FINALLY found one that does help. It smells like a nursing home and terrible things happen if you get it in your belly button or "lower" but it actually (slowly) smoothes the skin. I'm seeing results from using it, exfoliating, and drinking plenty of water. Thought you might want to give it a try. : )

Palmer's Skin Therapy Lotion
Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E
Intensive Relief

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
1/29/13 3:48 P

Well I think surgery is risky, but it's your choice. I know 4 years ago I put on a bikini and my sis thought I looked hideous and I am sure she was right. Ha Ha! At Christmas the same sis said you look absolutely amazing. She also said I remember when your stomach was a mess and fat and flabby now it looks flat and fabulous. This is even after 3 kids. I still do have some stretch marks and a tiny bit of flabby skin, but weight training has done amazing things to my body. It has just taken a long time to get there.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

COFFEEQUEEEN SparkPoints: (17,057)
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1/29/13 3:29 P

I know just what you mean. I looked into it, but the pictures of the scars left behind from the "apron removal" really turned me off. I decided the skin is my prize for having been blessed with four beautiful children and I'm working on accepting it as part of me. Good luck to you!

HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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1/29/13 3:19 P

I'd like to see what members who have lost considerable amounts of weight through healthy eating and exercise but chose to undergo some sort of surgery for their last bit of really stubborn fat or loose skin have to share about their experiences?

I'n not talking about any type of lap band or other stomach reduction surgery for weight loss, but more about abdominoplasty with or without lipo. I have quite a bit of loose skin around my middle that hangs over my legs as well as some really stubborn abdominal fat that doesn't seem to want to budge after 2 full years of diet and exercise and I'm very curious about this option. For one thing, I am sure that I would not have any insurance coverage, so I'm very interested to know a bit about the pricing structure as well as the recovery time. I mean I don't want to be out of commission so long that I lose the strides I've made in my fitness level.

Any feedback from the voice of experience here would be really helpful.

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