I did a consultation last week for an abdominoplasty. I am 90 percent sure I want to do the procedure, however this first doctor did not impress me. He didn't have any before or after pictures of past procedures. I also don't think he had any experience doing male abdominoplasties, based on his conversation. I've got five more consultations coming up in the next few weeks, with doctors that have great reviews. I look forward to hearing what they have to say.
I was thinking that there is one thing that was actually good about my loose abdominal skin... it pushed me to go plant based. I'm sure I would have eventually anyway, but my quest for a tighter belly led me to start eating as clean as I possibly could. My thinking was if anything could cure my skin, it would be the healthy veggies and fruit.
Plus, I knew meat causes inflammation, and that would not help my belly. If anything, it might make it worse. So I went whole food plant based almost 22 months ago, and became vegan too, a few weeks after giving up animal products. Now, I'm ready to shed the loose belly skin and keep eating clean. I have dreams of being a vegan bodybuilder and the loose skin is getting in my way.
There's such a feeling of discouragement after working out hard and seeing that loose skin. It's not vanity but a constant reminder of my obese days. It makes me feel like I am still heavy, even though I'm not. My weight is right where it should be but that loose skin has got to go.
I do have great self esteem and an happy with other areas of my body, especially my arms. But my belly will never, ever be flat without the procedure. It's been over 5 years now and it took a long time for me to come to that conclusion.
I'll keep blogging as I do the other consultations, as I hope to help others who are dealing with the same problem. I want to write about what the experience is like, from the consultation to the actual surgery... if I do decide to do it.