Plastic Surgery

After a year of maintaining 100+ pounds lost, I decided to go for a plastic surgery consult. I was interested in getting a tummy tuck, and even though I knew I couldn't afford the surgery, I figured it wouldn't hurt to see if it was covered by my medical insurance.

It turns out that I meet the qualifications:  1) Lost 100+ pounds; 2) Kept it off for at least 6 months, and 3) Have rashes caused from loose skin on my belly.

I was shocked when I heard part of it would be covered. Here, I will link to the posts that talk about my experience start to finish. The surgery date was November 14, 2011 at 6:30 in the morning.  I got a lower body lift (also called a belt lipectomy or circumferential tummy tuck). My insurance only paid for the tummy tuck part, so I have to come up with about $4,300 on my own.

**A lot of those posts contain pictures from before and after my surgery. DO NOT POST THESE TO PINTEREST or anywhere else. I will report it as copyright infringement, as I had to do in the past. Please understand that I was extremely self-conscious of my stomach and posting these photos was VERY hard for me. Seeing photos of my stretch marks on Pinterest was very embarrassing, so I hope that you will respect my wishes. Thank you!**

The scary first step
Appointment with my general practitioner
First plastic surgery consultation
The big phone call!
Pre-Op Appointment
Three weeks out 
The surgery and hospital stay
Day 2 post-op
Day 3 post-op
A trip to the ER (on Day 5)
Day 7 progress
Surgical drains, and other TMI
Removing surgical tape (eww)
Day 9 (humor and medication talk) 
Trying on jeans Day 10
Feeling depressed and annoyed from the surgery
Swelling on Day 12 
Things I'm looking forward to 
Day 15
Last drain is removed
3-weeks post-op
First run after surgery
4-weeks post-op
5-weeks post-op
6-weeks post-op with photos
Skin Removal Surgery: Part 1 (all the steps if you're considering surgery)
Skin Removal Surgery: Part 2 (The good, the bad, and the ugly)
One Year Later (an update)
Five Years Later (an update)