After losing 50 kilos (110 lbs) my body desperately needs a lift and no amount of exercise or lotions is going to put it back into place! I didn't carry my excess weight on my hips, bum, thighs or boobs, it was all on my stomach, so after weight loss I am left with an awful sagging apron stomach. I hate to be overly dramatic, but this excess skin has taken a huge toll on me both mentally and physically and so I always knew that I wanted to have the skin removed.
At the start of the year I saw a plastic surgeon about a tummy tuck who told me that I had too much skin for a tummy tuck and I need the more extreme surgery of a body lift. He referred me to a body lift surgeon who was fantastic, but the quote I got was out of my price range and so I was crushed that it didn't look like the surgery could go ahead.
I've spent the last 6 months thinking about ways to come up with the money and finally made the decision that I should just go ahead with the surgery and add the cost to my home loan. I am sure a lot of people will think this was a silly decision, but I couldn't keep putting my life on hold and being miserable for another second.
I went to see my chosen surgeon on Thursday afternoon and asked all my final questions and then when I was completely satisfied with it all, I booked in a surgery date. I will be going in for surgery on Thursday 22nd November, which is exactly 3 years and 6 months since I had the lap band! I wanted to have it as close to the Christmas break as possible so that I could have extra time to recover if I need it. So I'll probably have 4 weeks medical leave and that will run straight into the (almost) 2 week Christmas break.
The good news about my surgery is that it will be slightly cheaper than I first anticipated. The surgeon has decided not to do the upper torso suspension and hopes he can flatten my middle roll of skin with the body lift. I am not seeking perfection so I am sure I will be happy with whatever he can do to help! I have broken down the costs below for anyone interested in the body lift surgery.
|OUT OF POCKET||$14,625.65|
Please let me know if you have any questions about the surgery or advice to offer. I also apologise in advance for talking your ear off about the surgery while I count down the days over the next few months. To say I am excited about the surgery is a massive understatement!!!