From a women's 34 plus size stretch jeans to a size 4!!! Progress pic with LOTS of skin
OMG!!! I couldn't believe it! They fit AND zipped and I didn't have to lay on the bed with pliers to do it! I cried like a little baby!!! I also wanted to include a progress pic. It's a picture of me at my heaviest weighing 340 pounds and wearing my Old Navy 34 plus size women's stretch jeans and my new regular size 4! It also has 2 pics of all of my excess skin. I can't wait to get that crap cut off! I have worked too hard to be trapped underneath almost 30 pounds of extra skin!
Simply AMAZING......You look GREAT and have done so well!!!!! I just had my PS - I had a LBL and am so happy with results. You will be too. Congrats again.
They want to do a circumfrential abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, inner thigh lift, and mastopexy, and augmentation. The only problem is that it costs over $33,000. We're a single income military family, so I don't know that we'll ever be able to afford it. Saving a little at a time. Wish me luck!
I "upgraded" to what I call an 'advanced panniculectomy', which is having my belly button moved up. I have had 5 kids and was 52 years old and didn't care to have a tummy tuck (whi*****ludes muscle tightening), I just wanted to have the saggy skin gone. So now I have a pretty scar and lots of stretch marks, but they don't bother me at all. The bruises that you saw in the before photo were from my gallbladder removal that I had about a month before.
High 250/Consult Weight 245/Surgery 205/Now 125
Height 5'4.5" BMI 21.1
In maintenance since June 2009
My husband is active duty, so the Air Force paid for my gastric bypass surgery. Before I had the surgery, I asked my dr. about surgeries to remove the extra skin. He told me to lose the weight and my skin removal surgeries would be covered. Then we found out that Tricare had changed the rules and the skin removal surgeries were no longer covered. He kept trach of every sore, rash, infection, rip, and tear I ever got and said that he would write all the appeal letters it took to have the surgeries as long as I lost the weight. So that's what I've done. I'm literally working out a minimum of 17 hours a week.
Then he got stationed at a new base. My new dr is terrable! She said that the rules changed and there's nothing she can do for me. She won't even write me an appeal letter. I switched drs and have an appt. with him tomorrow. Hopefully he'll be willing to help or there's nothing else I can do.
Keep trying.....you'll find the right dr and you will get it done. I have no doubt.
on 11/29/12 6:17 pm
Have you tried going to referral management on base? Your new doctor is wrong. Rashes and infections are one of the few cir****tances under which TC will cover a panniculectomy. They won't cover the augmentation and the arm lift, though. If this new doc you see tomorrow won't help, ask to be referred off post.
What a wonderful job you've done! congratulations
You look fantastic! I bet you feel great too. Congrats!
I have been lurking on the Dr. Sauceda Group here, and wanted to mention it in case you weren't aware. He is an amazing plastic surgeon in Monterrey Mexico that does medical tourism. It is significantly cheaper than what it would cost here in the states - just offering an option you may not have thought of.
Congrats again - I am so inspired!
on 11/29/12 2:34 pm
Your results are fantastic and you look phenomenal! Congratulations on your hard work!!!! Keep persevering with your pursuit of PS through insurance - you'll never get it if you give up now. I hope your new doc will give you a better and more helpful response! Good luck!
Do you mind if I ask how tall you are? Our surgery weights and goal weights are similar, but I am pretty short - just 5'2" so I'm a little curious to know your height ;) if you don't mind sharing.