The Doctors: Heather’s Weight Loss Story
Losing weight is an amazing achievement, but what if you were constantly reminded of your former self? This is often the case for people who lose 100 pounds or more. They may be much healthier and happier, but they’re left with pounds of loose, baggy, excess skin that won’t go away.
Heather is one of these people, and she shared her story on The Doctors. She had been obese since high school and continued to gain weight after giving birth to her two daughters. Two years ago, she was 367 pounds and had “gotten to the point of misery.”
In order to become a better mom to her children, Heather committed to an entire lifestyle change and became fitter and more energetic. She’s since lost 170 pounds and feels “amazing,” but there’s one giant problem that remains: her 30 pounds of excess skin.
Heather has to girdle her arms, stomach and legs every single day. The loose skin serves as a constant reminder of her former weight. Heather went to The Doctors in search of an answer to this embarrassing problem.
The Doctors: Excess Skin Removal Panniculectomy
First, a big congratulations was in order for Heather’s amazing weight loss. But she knows that no amount of dieting or exercise will allow her skin to bounce back. Dr. Andrew Ordon used a balloon to demonstrate how skin becomes loose and hangs after it’s pushed beyond its limit of elasticity.
Heather was a great candidate for a panniculectomy, which Dr. Ordon described as “a real advanced tummy tuck.” Her arms would require a separate arm lift. Heather explained that she’s looked into these procedures, but they are expensive and not covered by insurance. However, Dr. Ordon was so impressed by Heather’s story that he was willing to perform the surgeries free of cost.