Three days ago I had a thighplasty and posterior back lift to get rid of the remaining extra skin I had on my body after losing 125 pounds.
Three and a half years ago I weighed over 260 pounds. I lost 125 pounds and since then I’ve maintained between 135 and 142 pounds.
There have been a few seasons of regain and losing again as I’ve learned how to balance and maintain my weight for the first time in my life but for the last two years I’ve very consistently maintained my weight and lifestyle changes.
Warning: This post contains graphic images! If you get queasy easily you may not want to read this post.
I’ve learned that maintaining a healthy lifestyle really is about making long-term changes in order to see sustainable progress and lasting success. For the last three and a half years I’ve been dedicated to eating well, exercising, and making deep emotional changes to help facilitate these things.
But there are some things that just don’t budge… like skin.
(The above video was taken a couple of days before surgery.)
Excess skin is something that bothers some more than others. It was something that never really bothered me and when asked I would boldly say that I’d never electively choose to have surgery… 😏😂
And then I began working out. It was heavy, it literally pulls your body down, it requires binding to stabilize it, and even then if you bind often you’re more prone to rashes. It’s hot, it makes clothing fit strangely, and it can be a real turn-off in bed, for me, not Brady, he doesn’t really care (let’s get real).
I get messages almost daily from people telling me they’re afraid to get healthy because they don’t want to have to deal with extra skin and please hear me when I say, the freedom that getting well has given me outshines the few encumbrances I’ve had to deal with in the wake.
I would choose the extra skin over the extra 125 pounds any day!
But I got to a point in my journey where there was literally no real reason to keep the skin around any longer. I made the decision to continue my skin removal journey and have my back and thigh skin excised by my favorite surgeon Dr. Grant Stevens.
Headed into this surgery I honestly didn’t think I’d lose any weight at all. My excess abdominal skin only weighed 3ish pounds and I felt like my thighs and back had a little bit more but not much. Skin removal surgeries are not weight loss surgeries but repair surgeries. They improve quality of life by getting rid of the heavy, hanging, extra.
Most people want to know how much weight they’ll lose after the skin is gone and usually the scale doesn’t budge much. The scale didn’t move at all noticeably after my tummy tuck and I also stayed the same size after surgery.
Which is why I was in for such a shock on Tuesday when I had my final skin removal surgeries on my thighs and my back… they removed 11.8 pounds!
I am just absolutely flabbergasted! My back skin weighed almost twice as much as my tummy skin did. I knew it was heavy but I had no idea it was THAT heavy!
My lowest weight before surgery was 133 but on surgery day I had just started my period and was up a few pounds at 138.8.
Three days after surgery and I’m already 137.6 which is crazy because my body is so swollen and retaining fluid!
I plan to document over the next few weeks how skin removal corresponds with the scale as my body releases the post surgery bloat. In my mind once I get below 135 that is true skin loss and not just bloat from my cycle or surgery water gain.
Be on the lookout for more “after” photos coming soon!
I put off surgery for so long because I was concerned about what others would think but I’m glad I finally let that go. I made this choice for myself and it was the best choice for me! 🙂
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Brittany Williams has taken the weight loss world by storm with her best-selling Instant Loss Cookbook. After reaching a peak weight of 260 pounds and spending a lifetime struggling with obesity, yo-yo dieting, autoimmune diseases, and chronic fatigue, Brittany changed her relationship with food and lost an astonishing 125 pounds in a year through diet alone.
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