Skin Removal

After losing 350 pounds naturally with diet and exercise, I was left with a lot of excess skin.  This is a place where I share my experiences of living with the skin and my journey through skin removal surgeries.

Reflections on My First Skin Removal Surgery, One Year Later.

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         I cannot believe that it has already been one year since my first skin removal surgery.  One year ago today, on July 28, 2016, I was walking into the hospital.  I was nervous, scared, excited, and happy.  I knew my life was about to change.  I just never realized how much it was about to change.  Having my skin removal surgery is the best decision I could have ever made.  It is hard to really talk about the final result, since I am still a work in progress and still need several more procedures.  But I can 100 percent say with absolute confidence that the decision to have my excess skin removed was the best thing I could do for myself.  A lot of people have different opinions on this…and that is ok.  Everyone is different and you can think and feel whatever you want.  I just wanted to come on here and share. It is so crazy to think that this was one year ago.  Time really does fly by.  I feel like last year I was counting down the months, weeks, days until I would have this surgery.  And not too long ago I was counting down the months, weeks and days for it again.  To get me back to this exact day, one year later. I remember wishing at the time that it was all over with and that I would be here, one year later.  All recovered.  I am filled with so many emotions today.  I…


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Surgery 3 Update and Surgery Number 4

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        So I know what you are all thinking…wait didn’t you just have surgery last week? And the answer is YES!  I pretty much had an upper back lift and my surgeon, Dr Beck, removed a good amount of excess skin from…well my upper back.  I had that surgery last Wednesday June 21 and it was done under local anesthesia.  So yes I was awake for it.  I did feel a little pain and discomfort, however I was a little shocked at how calm I was.  I had my check up with him yesterday (June 26) and will briefly share wth you how that went before we get into what I will be having done tomorrow! So to begin, it would not be a post surgery check up without me almost passing out.  I don’t know what happens to me, or why this always happens.  Every time I go in after surgery and he is checking out the incisions, I begin to get really hot and I feel my eyes rolling to the back of my head and begin really sweating.  So he will lay me in the chair, lay the chair all the way back and we will all wait for me to calm down and join everyone else again.  It doesn’t matter if he is just examining the incisions, removing tape, or removing the drainage tubes…I am very predictable and this has happens…all the time.  Dr Beck will usually just hold my hand, tell me stories to calm me down, and…


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Skin Removal Surgery Announcement (Surgeries 3 & 4)

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        Where does the time go? Seriously how can it be 6 months already since my second skin removal surgery and 10 months since my first surgery!?!?  I feel like I blinked and here we are.  Although I have to admit, while I was going through the healing, time definitely did not fly by…time actually stood still haha. There is a lot of talk and debate regarding the whole skin removal surgery process.  Some people are all for it, while for others they choose not to have their excess skin removed.  There are also those who think its not right and not needed and consider it a “cosmetic procedure”.  Don’t get me started on that one…I will save that for another day and another blog.  Whether you choose to have your excess skin removed, or not is a very personal decision and it is completely up to the person going through it.  For me, after losing over 300 pounds, It was very much needed, my skin caused me a lot of physical and mental pain. So whatever your decision is on it, or wherever you stand its ok.  I am just sharing with you my experience and my journey of going through the process of having my excess skin removed because it is the right choice for me. Period. So I am just going to give a little background about my weight loss and the surgeries I have had so far.  I have a few other blog posts where I go into more detail…


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3 Months Post Skin Removal Surgery 2 update.

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        I can’t believe that it’s been 3 months since my second surgery! For those of you who don’t know, on November 28th 2016 I had my second skin removal surgery.  My surgeon removed excess skin from my upper body, back and arms.  As far as recovery goes it was pretty rough.  Everyone heals differently, everyone has different amounts of skin to remove from different places, and every doctor has their own way of removing skin.  This affects people differently and makes recovery different for everyone. I wanted to share with you guys how I am personally doing 3 months out from my second skin removal surgery.  Again this is how MY BODY is recovering.  Keep in mind that I had my first skin removal surgery on July 28th, 2016.  I had two major surgeries really close together which also played a role in how I have recovered. My recovery so far: My incisions have become thin and are not as red in color. I still have some sensitivity on and around my incisions. I still have some pain under my breasts and on my back incisions, especially when I bend, turn or twist. My arms are still a little stiff and I don’t have full range of motion yet. I still have a hard time reaching all the way up with my arms and reaching down to try and touch my feet. I am a lot weaker than I was before surgery.  I am doing physical therapy to try and get…


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