What Is The Best Way To Change My Body After Losing A Lot Of Weight?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am going through a divorce due to domestic violence. I have lost a little over 100 pounds since I left my abusive marriage with our son. I for so many years buried my head into food. Even though I have lost all of this weight I often look in the mirror and cry due to the way I look. I feel empty inside, I want to feel beautiful and content with myself. I want back all of that confidence that he took from me. I have a lot of extra skin from all of the weight I lost. I am only 30 years old but I dress like a 40 or 50 year-old due to my body’s look. I don’t want to feel like I am dying inside anymore, I want to feel alive again, confident, young, and beautiful. These are the goals I want to achieve. Most of all I want to be able to bring my son to a beach in a bikini he is so young I do not want him to miss out on things due to my insecurities, He has suffered so much due to this divorce and domestic Violence. I try to keep a positive outlook on everything. I have attached some pictures so you can see what you have to work with.
A: Thank you for sharing your very personal story and in losing in the weight. This is obviously a transitional period in your life and changing how your body looks would be a complementary component to it. The excess skin and fat represent both physical and emotional baggage. In looking at your pictures, I can see that you would get some good benefit out of the following procedures… a full tummy tuck, liposuction of the lower abdomen (prior to its removal) and flanks with transfer to the buttocks, and a breast lift. Together these would all make a significant improvement in the shape of your body and reverse some of the effects of your prior weight gain.. All those procedures could be done together with the tummy tuck as the foundation procedure which is the one that really involves any significant recovery. Breast lifts are relatively painless and fat injections to the buttocks only as minimal discomfort.
While all four procedures would provide the most benefit in terms of body changes, the most important one is the tummy tuck with flank liposuction. That is the foundational procedure that produces the best benefit out of all the potential body procedures.
Dr. Barry Eppley