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How many sizes dropped after body lift?

Just Me
on 10/21/07 10:32 pm - Happy Place, TN
Hi, Taking a poll here... how many dress/pant sizes did you drop after having abdominal or tummy tuck, or body lift? I'm thinking  1.5 pant sizes is a proper expectation... would someone like to comment? (Of course the reduction in size must be due to SURGERY not to diet)   Wondering how much skin/fat is removed and how it changes body contour/fit. Thanks!
Just Me
on 10/21/07 10:34 pm - Happy Place, TN
PS... forgot to mention....   What is size reduction AFTER swelling has gone down and you are settled into a regular fit/contour.
Monica B.
on 10/22/07 2:38 am - Emery, SD
I went from a 16/18 to a 10/12 pant size. I had 12 lbs removed. PS and WLS surgeon worked together to for a BR; BL; ventral hernia repair; TT, and panni removal. The girls went from a 48DD to a nice small perky high sitting 38 B. Somehow my huge butt shrunk and lifted up. During the last year since my PS, I lost 37 lbs, including the 12 lbs of skin removed. I am amazed at how flat my tummy is. My incisions are all healed and thin. Somehow the PS removed all the other 9 surgical scars that were on my body. I am thrilled with my results and was age 59 last Sept when I had the surgery. The pain and discomfort was FAR less than I had expected. The valium medication really helped with muscle spasms post op. The drains weren't too bad either. I relied on the binders and wow did they help. I wore one from under my breasts to my waist and one from my waist to my mons. I wore these for many many weeks and helped with the swelling and healing. The only problem I had was not wanting to eat. I really had to force myself to eat and get in more protein to aid in my recovery.  Hope I answered some of your concerns.

Tanya L
on 10/22/07 9:32 am - Carpinteria, CA
I'm glad to hear someone else had problems eating after surgery. I have to force myself to eat, and I drink a protien drink of 45 gm for good measure as well...

358/163/185  5'6" -195 lbs &172+inches Lost
10/05/07 LBL,lipo on thighs,rear augmentation & BL 
1/11/2008 MTL, BA, and Brachioplasty
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Jane M.
on 10/22/07 5:28 am - Williamsburg, VA
RNY on 09/08/04 with
After my TT/BA/BL I went from a 12 to an 8. After my Buttock and thigh lift I went from an 8 to 4. I'm not an average person. I tend not to have an appetite after my surgeries and drop 10-12 lbs rather easily. I just have my medial thigh lift and I'm still hanging on to about 8-10 lbs of wter weight even after 3 weeks. It sucks but I knew that lymph node damage can cause this. I would say that most people loose a pant size, maybe 2. More than anything else it depends on your new body shape.
Jane~~RNY w/Silastic band 9/8/04
328 highest/301 Day Of Surgery/155 goal/137lbs
and below goal and maintaining for 2 years!!!!
BA/BL, Fleur-di-lys TT 11/2006
Buttock/Outer Thigh Lift 2/2007
Medial Thigh Lift/Breast Implant Revision 10/01/2007

on 10/22/07 6:22 am - Long Island, NY
RNY on 12/09/04 with

I went from a tight 14 to an 8 in pant and 10 in skirts.


5'6" - 302/155-158 

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on 10/22/07 7:03 am - San Diego, CA
From an 8 to a 6 in most sizes.  But as of tomorrow I'm only 8 weeks out so I'm still swollen - I might get one more size but I'm not counting on it.  I had an LBL
on 10/22/07 7:17 am - NY
None.  Zero, Zilch, Zip.  I was a 14/16 going in, I'm a 14/16 coming out.  I had only skin, he didn't remove a whole heck of a lot of poundage.   However, everything fits much better, if a little bit oddly.   It's really all dependent upon so so many things.  How your weight is carried, where distributed, etc. Good luck!

"Accountability first to yourself, then nobody else matters"

on 10/22/07 8:51 am - Stockton, CA
I agree with Donna Marie...there as SO MANY variables like I dont and didnt carry my weight in my stomach...BABY'S GOT BACK!  lol...  Nor did I have the LBL.  I had a TUMMY TUCK w/ lipo to hips/flanks.  SEE BOTTOM OF PROFILE for results that LOOK like I went down many sizes. However, I was wearing a snug 16 and right now i'm wearing some 12's and some 14's only the 14's hang in the crotch and dont fit as well as the 12's but then some 12's are tight and i've lost about 10 or so lbs recently.  SO GO FIGURE! Just remember to NOT SET YOURSELF UP!!   I was thinking I was going to change so many sizes when in fact i didnt and it took awhile too!   I am 9 months post op from the tummy tuck! GOOD LUCK! Julie

~~ Julie ~~

Tanya L
on 10/22/07 9:31 am - Carpinteria, CA
I carried most of my weight in thighs and butt area. Dr thought he took about 15 lbs of skin(not confirmed yet, op notes not back), and I will be only 3 weeks out on friday, and already have gone down 1 size, and he said I have lots of swelling yet......

358/163/185  5'6" -195 lbs &172+inches Lost
10/05/07 LBL,lipo on thighs,rear augmentation & BL 
1/11/2008 MTL, BA, and Brachioplasty
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on 10/22/07 9:33 am - Mount Gilead, NC
I had anchor cut TT on 9/27. They cut off 11.5 pounds. So far I have gone from a 14 to a 10. Don't know where I will be when the swelling goes down. B
Lynne R.
on 10/22/07 10:14 am - Houston, TX
I had a LOT of skin/fat removed (if you watched Big Medicine you saw it) and I'm still wearing the same size clothes. My pants are too big in the hips, but they are too tight in the waist :(  I have absolutely no waist whatsoever - I'm straight up and down.


Julie L.
on 10/22/07 10:31 am - TX
I'm 3 months out of LBL/BL and went from a size 12 to size 6.  Doc removed about 7 lbs.
A Q.
on 10/22/07 6:41 pm - Houston, TX
RNY on 12/08/06 with
Hi, I am 4 weeks post op from tummy tuck/lipo on sides and muscle repair. I was wearing size 8 in womens pants before surgery, I could also wear some 10s. About 2.5 weeks after surgery, most of the swelling was gone, in my hip area and I can comfortably fit size 4 in womens and womens petite--they fit me very well.  I can wear size 7 in juniors, the juniors fit my short waist really well but I dont like the styles as much-too "hip hop" for my taste. I have noticed the most difference in my shirts.  Before, I was wearing a large shirt but now I can wear a small in womens and juniors.  I went the other day and bought a halloween t-shirt and was able to fit the XL 14/16 in GIRLS.  I could have worn the Large GIRLS shirt too, my top is extremely small now that I dont have to compensate for that stomach and spare tire around the middle. Of course, the size 4 in pants have to be with a belt too, if it werent for my hips/thighs, I could probably wear a size 2 in womens.   I also bought a suede jacket in size Small too. I am very pleased, and still swollen according to my surgeon.  He says that I will probably lose another inch or 2 off of my waist once the swelling is gone--I am measuring at a 31 inch waist 2 weeks ago. Angela


"What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you."

RNY - 12/8/06 ; WT 233.6 ; Goal WT 130 ; Height 5'2
Tummy tuck - 9/24/07;  breast lift/reduction October 2012

Angela in Houston


on 10/23/07 9:50 am - OH
I didn't lose ANY sizes, and my thighs are bigger around and look like crap. Went in as a size 8 and still am... Tonya
Tonya Lynette
Pre-Surgery - 365 lbs
Post-Surgery - 178 lbs
Post LBL/Inner Thigh Lift - (July 16, 2007)
-162  lbs with more swelling to get rid of!

on 10/23/07 3:47 pm - carmel, NY
i went in an 8/10 and at 6weeks out am a size 4/5 still swelled. will probally top out at 3/4
on 10/23/07 10:21 pm - MN
I went in a size 17/18 gain most of my weight in my belly after 5 lbs of skin and fat removed i wear a size 14/16 although i was able to buy a size 13 recently but my  weight finally went down 6 lbs, im almost 4 months out and i still swell up alot.