What can i do about my excess skin on my stomach that hangs down to my knees

on 6/7/21 6:11 am
DS on 03/17/19

What can i do about my excess skin on my stomach that hangs down to my knees that makes it hard for me to walk and enjoy life

Janet P.
on 6/7/21 10:56 am

Work with your primary doctor to start documenting problems (rashes, hard to walk, etc.) Then find a plastic surgeon who specializes in bariatrics. They can also start documenting issues (rashes, etc.) and work to help you get insurance to cover a tummy tuck (mine did).

They generally want you to be at your goal weight for a minimum of 1-2 years before plastics.

Janet in Leesburg
DS 2/25/03
Hazem Elariny

on 6/10/21 10:41 am
RNY on 04/15/19

You should ask your surgeon to refer you to a plastic surgeon. Often your WLS doctor works closely with plastic surgeons that they trust.

on 6/11/21 5:07 am
RNY on 01/01/14

And please start saving money for the " plastic " half of the operation.

The insurance company will only cover the absolute basic skin removal - which is great but .... you also ( realistically) want and deserve to be super attractive afterwards ... and to actually ( for the first time probably ) to like and admire your own ( somewhat skinny ) flat and small midsection .

it's only costs a couple of thousand dollars more

Cathy H.
on 6/11/21 9:24 pm
VSG on 10/31/16

Really, Eva..."only" a couple thousand dollars? Do you have any concept how unreachable that is for most people? Her focus should be on her HEALTH, not her looks. Smdh...

5'3", CW: 165 Ultimate Goal: 150 ............. Livin' La KETO Loca!!
134 lbs lost since surgery, 195 overall!! Initial goal reached 9/15/17, (10.5 months)!
SW*: 299 GW: 175 HW 3/2015: 360 PSW* 5/2016: 330 *PSW=Prog Start Wt; SW=Surgery Wt

M1 -31, M2 -10, M3 -15, M4 -16, M5 -8, M6 -6, M7 -11, M8 -8, M9 -8, M10 -4, M10.5 -7 GOAL

on 6/12/21 5:16 am
RNY on 06/03/15

not to mention the fact it'd likely cost a lot more than a couple thousand dollars for more complete body contouring. I spent around $40K for everything. Even if insurance had covered the panniculectomy part of it, I still would have had to pay quite a bit out of pocket, even if I'd have only had a lower body lift (that $40K also included a breast lift and arm lift). They do a lot more with that than just remove the "apron" when they do a lower body lift - and I doubt insurance would have covered the extra work they do.

White Dove
on 6/12/21 7:41 am

One of my friends had tummy tuck, lower body lift, breast augmentation, and her arms fixed. The cost was $35,000 and her husband said he enjoys it a lot more than the car he was going to buy. You need to talk to plastic surgeons, discuss fees, have a plan to save or borrow the money. Most people will spend $40,000 on a car, but not invest in themselves.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

on 6/12/21 12:39 pm

Congratulations on losing so much weight your skin sags. It's a great accomplishment! Now comes part 2 whi*****ludes maintenance, loose skin and working in simple daily exercise.

Many people doing plastics go outside the US for about 50% less cost. You can also do the stomach now and other things later. Anything after a year should be ok.

Good luck on what we've all learned is a long evolving journey.