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What I didn’t know about skin removal surgery

I don’t know what I expected post-surgery. I had no clue what I’d feel like, and really could not imagine what I’d go through. There are some things though that I’ve realized but never knew before surgery.

It doesn’t hurt. I’m surprised at how much I am not in pain. I thought I was going to scream like a burn victim every time someone touched me. It isn’t like that. There is pressure. There is tightness. There is throbbing and uncomfortableness as my skin gets use to it’s new form but it isn’t unbearable. My right arm is more painful than my left. Women, if you’ve ever had your bra under-wire poke you in the arm pit, that’s sometimes what it feels like but you can’t move it. My stomach incision sting every once in awhile but I’m sure that will lessen over the next week or so.

*Related: Cost of Skin Removal Surgery

I checked out from the outside world. I thought I would be on my computer non-stop (Ebaying, Cyber Mondaying, Blog reading, etc) but the truth is, the computer is the last thing I wanted to look at. I blogged and scanned comments/emails but the reality is, I did nothing else. Being on the computer made me tired and is difficult. I tweeted a lot the first couple days but within 2 days (and probably by the time the surgery anesthesia wore off), I was done – I cut back on mu tweets a lot that first 10 days. I barely responded to texts, tweeted only a few times a day and only turned my computer on 1x a day, to blog to ya’ll.

No moving for 2-3 weeks. I underestimated this. But they really mean it. Stick with me as I try to explain this. When the incisions are stitched together, they are done so from the inside. So my body is literally healing from the inside. Think about it like a pair of pants – if you look on the inside, at the seam, you can see the stitches but if you look at the outside, you just see the crease. In my non-doctor description, my body is sending fluids to the incision sites to begin healing – because I wasn’t sealed up right away and only stitched up, the drains catch the leakage.

As my incisions completely seal, the drains can be removed. As I sit, I’m healing – but because healing takes longer than an hour, if I get up and move the “healing” that may have just happened could be ripped. That’s why it is so important to just sit and not move because every time I move, I’m ripping my the new “healing.” I was aware of this but it really didn’t sink in until now.

4-6 weeks recover means 4-6 weeks recover. No joke, I really didn’t realize the intensity of being down for 4-6 weeks. The swelling in my arms and stomach will take 4-6 weeks to go down and even then, it could take 6-8 months for my arms and stomach to be at their “new” normal size. The doctor told me this but I really didn’t understand it until now. I’ll wear the arm compression garment for about 6 weeks and will wear my stomach garment for 3 weeks. Even though I may be able to go to work within 3-4 weeks, I’ll be moving slower and won’t be able to do some things like carry a 8lb purse or pull open a stuck drawer or things of the sort. It also means while I may at some point be able to start walking on the treadmill or do light elliptical, no weights or anything serious.

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The cost of skin removal surgery

The cost of skin removal surgery? Skin removal surgery is scheduled for November. Since the post where I announced my decision to have skin removal surgery, I’ve been asked a lot about the cost of surgery.

I’ve been hesitant to share. Not because I think you’ll judge me but because me sharing my answer won’t be valuable to you… even though you think it will. I actually think sharing may do a disservice to some in that they may shy away at even considering it because of the cost.

In the bluntest of definitions, it is plastic surgery. An elective. The only way most insurance companies cover it is, in my own words, if you have so much skin it actual effects your quality of life in a physically debilitating way. Mine is more of an annoyance vs actually physically a “problem.”

If you are considering it even 10%, I highly recommend you go talk to someone yourself
and not compare your possible cost to what mine costs.

Consider skin removal surgery similar to the purchase of a car. There are SO many variables that it really is up to what a person wants & how much skin they are removing (not how much it weights but how many different places on the body), where they go, what region of the country they are in, and the doctor.

The estimated cost of what I’m having done is in the middle of that range because I’ll be having it on 2 separate days which means paying 2x for anesthesia, OR equipment, etc. It is on 2 days because it is too much to have all on the same day.

A possible change in plans: I haven’t discussed this with my doctor yet but I may have a change of plans in terms of the procedures. Here is what my current surgeries will correct:

  • Underarms
  • Breasts
  • Stomach
  • Back

Ok, So, How Much Does Skin Removal Surgery Cost? 

A car can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $50,000 and so can skin removal surgery, depending on the variables. Here’s a decent estimate of cost that I found online:

“Lower, upper, and mid body lift procedures generally cost between $5,000 to $8,000, while a full body lift typically costs $10,000 read more

I am numb

I am numb.
I am speechless beyond comprehension.
I am surrounded by family and loved ones yet feel nothing.
I am out of breath but breathing so hard.
I cannot begin to cry the tears deserved.
Memories are the only thing left yet they aren’t enough.
I will never understand.
I will never forget.
I will never stop crying.
I love you mom. I love you.

A little over twelve hours ago, my live was shattered. I lost my best friend, my confidant – I lost my pillar of strength, hope & courage. Forever gone is my coach, my cheerleader, my instructor. I lost my example of faithful, unconditional love, I lost my mom.

A little over twelve hours ago, my mom was hit by a car while on a walk and died on the way to the hospital. There were no goodbye’s. Please keep our family in your thoughts an prayers. Most importantly, please keep my father, who lost his best friend of 32 years in your prayers.