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Does everybody who loses 80 lbs need that operatio to remove access skin. I

Sat. Jan 20, 9:58pm

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NO

Not if you take your time and lose the weight slowly, and do some exercise - even if it's just walking - in the process. The people who do need the operation are people who lose the weight really fast, like with gastric bypass surgery or crash diets. Your skin needs more time to contract, so you have to take it slow.

Saturday, January 20, 2007, 10:52 PM

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This is something I've worried about, too and I have about 80 lbs to lose. I'm 41 years old and I'm hoping if I lose no more than one to one & a third pounds per week (and exercise), my skin will spring back and NOT sag. I don't necessarily believe in plastic surgery (for myself) but I may think twice if I have a large abdominal "apron" after I've (sensibly) lost all my weight.

Anyone have any experience firsthand with this?

Saturday, January 20, 2007, 11:14 PM

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Kate does, you can look at her blog, I linked it below. She lost more than 80 pounds I think and she did have some plastic surgery last year, but I think she didn't really have that much to take off, just a couple spots she felt like tightning up.

Link

Sunday, January 21, 2007, 11:57 PM

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Kate had plastic surgery? When I clicked on the link I did not see that...

Monday, January 22, 2007, 9:26 AM

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She had a tummy tuck, but she did not have an "apron" before the tummy tuck. I think she posted some before/after pics, but I'm not sure, since she's a teacher and has to be somewhat discreet. The logs about her surgery were posted in July 2006; you can go to that month by clicking on it on the right side of the screen when you're looking at her log.

Monday, January 22, 2007, 10:34 AM

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go ahead, flame me but it's excess, not access.

Monday, January 22, 2007, 11:56 AM

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i was wondering about that when i first clicked on the thread-i was like . . .what's "access skin", a new skin treatment? bwahahah.

Monday, January 22, 2007, 2:12 PM

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I thought kate just had a boob job. she had a tummy tuck, too?

Monday, January 22, 2007, 2:27 PM

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is this a gossip column or what? why not direct your questions ABOUT kate TO KATE?

Monday, January 22, 2007, 2:30 PM

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Thanks, 2:30 poster...LOL...I guess that's my cue.

I don't mind the discussion. I just want to make sure the information is accurate, though. 10:34 poster, I didn't have a tummy tuck. I'm actually glad, too, because from what I understand about those from people I know who have had them, it is a very long and painful recovery. And to the original poster, one reason I didn't have to do that is because I did take my weight loss very slowly. What the 10:52 poster said is absolutely true: people who lose weight fast are the ones who generally end up with the excess skin.

I did have a breast lift, which is where the "boob job" comment is more accurate. I talked about it in our most recent Spotlight, but as the 10:34 poster tactfully pointed out, I don't get specific in my blog because I am a teacher and I don't need my students or their parents knowing that much about my personal life (if they ever do happen across the blog, which to my knowledge hasn't occurred).

And to address the original question, while my breast lift was in large part necessary due to the weight loss, there were other factors, such as the fact that I was breasfeeding for a year while losing weight. But yes, the bottom line is that losing a lot of weight often leads to excess skin - however, the slower you take it, the less of it you'll have. Like I said, I'm really thankful that I didn't have to get a tummy tuck. I have a good friend who had gastric band surgery and lost over 100 pounds in about 6 months; he has just tons of skin hanging all over his body. And he can't afford to have the surgery to get rid of it.

Please, never hesitate to ask me anything. I don't mind talking openly in the community or in groups or teams, I am just a little less candid on my blog, where my pictures are prominent on the page and it's just about me.

Kate (kissmekate02)

Monday, January 22, 2007, 9:09 PM

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