Life after surgery question

on 6/10/20 10:46 am
VSG on 01/21/20

Does anyone have any ideas on how to become a model or some sort for representing your surgery? I am not at my goal weight yet but i feel my calling is to promote the surgery and help others. I have always been told I'm very beautiful and could be a model if I just lost the weight. I have seen people do the runway or be on billboards promoting their success. I am wondering how can I do something like that for a career. My surgical center is currently not spending any money on marketing. Melissa from my 600lb life became a speaker and helper for Dr. now's practice, and that's when the idea came into my head. I feel this is what I am meant to do and I just need to know where to start when I have reached the goal weight. Thank you in advance.

White Dove
on 6/12/20 6:51 am

While they will not pay for it, you can get experience by volunteering to speak and model at your surgeon's support groups.

Many people also need plastic surgery to tighten and remove excess skin after weight loss surgery. Perhaps you can find a plastic surgeon who wants to use you as a model and spokesperson.

Most plastic surgeons recommend that you be at your goal weight for at least one year before getting plastic surgery. So you have time to look into what is available to you.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

on 6/12/20 8:00 am
RNY on 08/21/12

I thought the same thing about 6 months after surgery. I checked around, contacted some agents, and found opportunities were pretty limited. I ended up going in the more obvious direction, and made an even better living doing porn. Maybe that's something that would suit you.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

on 6/12/20 8:21 am
VSG on 01/21/20

I would never do porn hahahaha I have way too much respect for myself but thank you.

on 6/29/20 6:02 pm

Ditto....... Thats gross

Citizen Kim
on 6/12/20 10:04 am - Castle Rock, CO

I think if you are going to represent your surgery to morbidly obese people you should make it a 5 year goal.

You'll need to get to goal and then maintain that weight for a length of time to have relevance in the community - although normies may be impressed.

Most WLS models start out with blogs or post A LOT of near naked pics on insta/tiktok etc. You'll need to garner 6 or 7 figure followers to compete with the models already out there.

Modeling is a hard profession because it's not about how pretty you are, it's about having "a look" and a certain body - even plus sized models need to look a certain way and saggy skin from extreme weightloss or surgical scars are not it.

There's nothing wrong with having lofty goals - as long as they don't define who you are or who you want to be. You will need a tough shell because you will face a lot of criticism and rejection.

Good luck!

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

on 6/17/20 6:47 am
VSG on 01/21/20

Thank you:)

Laura in Texas
on 6/17/20 6:41 am
RNY on 09/17/08 with

I had surgery back in 2008. A lot of people who had surgery around the same time had aspirations of finding a career to help promote weight loss surgery or work in a surgeon's office. Honestly, none of them were successful. I think many of us get excited about losing the weight and want to save the world.

If you have not already done so, reach out to your surgeon and volunteer to help his practice in some capacity- perhaps you can speak at their seminars, when they start back up again. You can ask your surgeon for suggestions on what to do to become involved and actually get paid- maybe you can go back to school to become a registered dietician or some other career that helps bariatric patients.

Good luck.

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 170 (BMI=27)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears."

on 6/17/20 6:45 am
VSG on 01/21/20

I am sure! Right now they said they are not spending any money on marketing and did budget cuts! I will be able to speak at the seminars. I am in school right now but for Human resources management, not dietician. I spoke to the dietician at my practice and she told me it wasn't worth it. I wanna help people though and give them the help I found after surgery and what helped me through everything. I feel like it is my calling though, but so many people have their Facebook's, YouTube's, Instagrams, and such maybe it is a dream. Thank you for your response.

CerealKiller Kat71
on 6/28/20 1:00 pm
RNY on 12/31/13

Believe it or not, being a paragon of beauty isn't what really helps people in obesity clinics. I mean, there are millions of examples of beautiful people surrounding us all day, every day -- everywhere we go.

It's actual experience -- and longevity with that experience that is most useful.

Why not concentrate on actually doing something, rather than just being something. That is what a true example is.

"What you eat in private, you wear in public." --- Kat

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