Why I had Total Body Contouring Plastic Surgery after Weight-Loss - My Bariatric Life

by Cheryl Ann Borne Patient Advocate

This sharepost is part of a series about total body contouring plastic surgery that My Bariatric Life underwent following massive weight loss.

my bariatric life, dr. joseph f. cappella

My Bariatric Life "before" and "after" plastic surgery, 50 inches and 40 pounds gone forever!

I had been contemplating body contouring plastic surgery after having lost more than 100 pounds from gastric bypass surgery in 2003. I expected my flesh would shrink with the weight loss as it had done in the past.
But after massive weight loss, my loose skin, excessive fat, and relaxed muscles did not respond well to diet and exercise and instead hung on me like an ill-fitted suit.

I met with my plastic surgeon in 2006 and from that initial meeting I knew he was the one whom I wanted to perform my surgery.

I had met with several plastic surgeons but this doctor stood head and shoulders above the rest. He had the surgical skills and expertise to produce optimal results on massive weight loss patients, as evidenced by his extensive online gallery of before and after photos. I still recall the photo that I fell in love with all those years ago. I thought, if he could do that for her, imagine what he could do for me!

There also was something special in that he seemed excited to take care of me and I felt immediately comfortable talking to him. That's not only nice, but also it's important that I be able to talk to him about my concerns, like I would a friend, and not hold anything back. Little did I know how vital a role that would come to play in our relationship.

But I am getting ahead of myself. The one thing that I remember from our conversation during that long ago consultation is this: I told him about the body I wanted to achieve with plastic surgery but said I knew I'd never get be able to wear a bikini. And he giggled and asked me "why not?" That must have been meaningful to me because I distinctly remember the details of the encounter to this day.

Years after that fateful encounter, I had a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and mons lift on April 18, 2013. And that Summer I wore a bikini at the beach. I had been about twenty years old that last time I did that. Truly, my tummy looked like it was that of a twenty year old woman. It was wonderful.


But I noticed there was a mismatch. When I turned around my back looked like the back of a forty-nine year old woman who was once morbidly obese. As did my thighs, my buttocks, my arms, and my breasts. And, to be brutally honest, so did my once pretty face.

I imagined how nice it would be if my thighs did not rub together when I walked. I would not get a wedgie when wearing shorts. I thought how wonderful it would be to wear sleeveless tops and shorter dresses. And I fantasized about looking good in a bikini from the front and the back.


The rear torso and buttocks are not contoured during an abdominoplasty.

So thrilled was I with the results of my tummy tuck that I moved forward with my long-held dream to do a total body transformation. This decision was made at a time in my life when I had come to the keenly painful awareness that life is short and precious. And since we never know when our last day on Earth will be, I had better stop procrastinating and do the things I wanted to do. On October 10, 2013, I underwent surgery that combined an upper body lift, lower body lift, and medial thigh lift.

It was not on a whim that I committed to spend $19,000.00 to have my body incised in multiple places around my torso and on each and every appendage, and leave permanent scars. To arrive at this decision was an emotional rollercoaster that I rode from mid-Summer when I did my first consult up to the night before my surgery.

**Read My Bariatric Life's Total Body Lift - Part 2 The Emotional Roller Coaster

Cheryl Ann Borne
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Cheryl Ann Borne

Cheryl Ann Borne, writing as My Bariatric Life, is a contributing writer and Paleo recipe developer. Cheryl is an award-winning healthcare communications professional and obesity health advocate who has overcome super obesity and it’s related diseases. She publishes the website MyBariatricLife.org, and microblogs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Cheryl is also writing her first book and working on a second website.