Lost 175 lbs: Skin Removal Surgeries

A lot of people are frequently on here asking about skin removal. I was updating an old r/WTF post and right I might be able to post the update here and answer questions if anyone had any. Be aware that the pictures marked graphic show surgical incisions or removed tissue so you can get an idea of what the process has been like for me, but they are graphic.

Starting weight: 331lbs End weight:150ish lbs (10-15 in excess tissue remaining) Height: 63″ Time to lose the bulk of weight (170lbs): 2 years

Some of you might remember me from a few years back. I posted the original picture and answered a bunch of questions about losing 175lbs (yes, without bariatric surgery) and all the skin it left me with.

Original post: https://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/1oio5g/i_lost_170lbs_naturally_and_now_have_8lbs_of

I was asked to follow up but never got around to it. Here are pictures of the most recent revision to remove the excess abdominal skin. Surgery was on 12/14 and I took the after picture today 12/17.

I’ve had excess skin removed from my abdomen twice, my inner thighs, my back, butt and hips, and my chest*. My chest needed two surgeries to repair damage from a mass I had removed so wasn’t technically focused on skin removal, *however removing extra skin became part of the revision so I included it here.

Other picture (after original skin removed from abdomen, before skin removed second time from abdomen/thighs): https://imgur.com/a/4jz2PR3 Original versus current picture graphic: https://imgur.com/bc5xzD6

Skin and tissue removed from back/hips area graphic: https://imgur.com/a/mC8nDwA

Skin and tissue removed from front graphic: https://imgur.com/a/Na7coO1

Skin removed from back showing where on back: graphic https://imgur.com/a/b9FJNhF

Total weight in removed skin and attached subdermal fatty tissue has been over 20lbs so far. The most recent removal of excess skin from my lower back looked like 4 bricks of tofu.

It has been fun. Hope this allays the curiosity of anyone left wondering!

Yes – Diet and exercise

Yes – Exercise. I joined the Army. Exercise became my life.

Yes – Insurance paid for it due to medical issues and complications

Yes – I had a breast reconstruction due to a left breast mass that saw half of my breast gone. Thankfully not cancer, but we didn’t know that for awhile.

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