I replied, “What is the stigma?” I had never heard of this.
She explained, “Many people judge those who underwent facelifts and view them as vain. This applies to all plastic surgery stigma in general.”
I considered this. Am I vain for having plastic surgery after massive weight loss?
Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
What most people do not understand is that there are both psychological benefits and functional benefits that only can be achieved through plastic surgery after weight loss.
In my interview with Joseph F. Capella M.D., the plastic surgeon who performed my body lift, we discussed in depth how after massive weight loss, patients are left with substantial folds of redundant skin that cause significant functional and aesthetic impairments on the trunk, buttocks, breast, upper arms, thighs and face.
These disfigurements cannot be resolved by diet and exercise. Rather, through plastic surgery after weight loss the face and body can be restored to their normal natural contours.
Patient Opinions on Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
I asked my fellow patients if they thought they were vain for having plastic surgery. Their replies underscore how profoundly the surgery has impacted their lives:
“We are not doing mommy makeovers for esthetics or cosmetic surgery for celebrities, but a plastics procedure for medical reasons – with risks and possible complications and consequences for continued and better health. Plastic surgery after weight loss surgery in our case is not cosmetic but done to bring a body to a sense of normalcy. I feel more in balance as a person and woman of value and have confidence to stick up for myself and not feel only like the fat blob in the middle of the room that someone stares at and thinks OMG.”
“I considered my plastics as “reconstructive” surgery (anchor cut TT and arm lift). My body in those places looks normal now. I don’t see that as vain. I cannot think of any use for the money I spent that could possibly give me greater satisfaction and happiness!”
“Bariatric surgery saved my life, plastic surgery saved my soul. Dramatic maybe, but here is why I say that. Pretty much for 30 years of my life, I hated my body. I always knew I was the fat person in the room. I never felt pretty, I had confidence in my brain but none in my body or looks, All in all, when I looked in the mirror, the best I could hope for was “not bad”. That eats at a woman in so many ways that I don’t have enough space on the whole internet to fully capture it. But after my lower body lift, things changed… I CHANGED… I started to feel pretty. I have a confidence in my body that I have never, ever, EVER had… I am not doing this for my vanity. I am doing it for my sanity.”
On the other hand, I and several of my fellow patients do admit to being proud of our looks. And while vanity may be one of the seven deadly sins, vanity also may have its upside.
The desire to look good and stay that way can be a powerful motivator for achieving health and fitness, reports the LA Times. In other words, if you’re vain, say the experts, you’re more likely to make the lifestyle choices that will benefit your health — even if health is sort of a side effect or added bonus of plastic surgery. Read, “Finding a Plastic Surgeon after Weight Loss.”
It took a long time for me to grow up and take on the challenge of my obesity. I have been free of obesity and my obesity-related illnesses for more than a decade.
Bariatric plastic surgery was the completion of erasing the sins of my past, getting rid of the telltale skin that was a constant reminder that I was a failure with regard to respecting my body for so long. Not only did it shame me to look at my naked body in the mirror, but also it kept me from fully being present to living a life I love.
I am so very happy nowadays. And I take such good care of my body, working out several times a week and eating super healthy. I know how easily I can fall back into old patterns of behavior and ruin all the wonderful things I have achieved for my health and my life.
I never want to backslide. Spending all the money that I did on plastic surgery after weight loss is a powerful motivator. And, yes, I guess a little vanity is helpful, too.
You may find plastic surgeons near you using this online business directory.
You may wish to further read on My Bariatric Life a few of the inspiring Patient Stories of people who’ve overcome obesity. I wish you the highest and the best on your weight loss journey.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life
Photo: Dr. Peter Fisher