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  • Lower Body Lift, Pictures, Photos

    For four years Lisa (member name: futuremsw) exercised and ate healthy by using Weight Watchers to lose a sensational 160 pounds. After losing the weight, her skin did not drape over her new body and she experienced considerable sagging in her skin. She contacted exercise trainers and plastic surgeons to find out what she could do to mold her skin to her new slim body contours. Ultimately, plastic surgery emerged to be the best option for her and in July 2007 she met with Dr. Gary Hall in Kansas City, Kansas to have a lower body lift.

    See Lisa’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

    With the loving support of her boyfriend, family, doctor, friends, and the support of Plastic Surgery Message Boards Make Me Heal‘s Plastic Surgery Message Boards, Lisa recovered wonderfully with minimal pain. Today, she is still an inspiration to others as she continues to transform her body with an upcoming thigh lift in December of this year.

    Lisa’s advice for anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:

    “If you consider doing plastic surgery, think long and hard and consider that everyone does not have excellent results like I did. I know that I am blessed. I did not smoke or drink while healing. I did what I need to do and I helped my body by resting and following medical instructions. Find the RIGHT doctor and if you feel a professional trusting bond with him/her, then go for it!”

    Please join us for an inspirational interview with Lisa:

    See Lisa’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

    Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?

    Lisa: I was walking for exercise one night and realized that I could and should have the surgery to remove the massive extra stomach skin.

    Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have the procedure?

    Lisa: My motives was the fact that I worked very hard to lose the weight naturally but still was not happy with what I saw in the mirror. The procedure was purely for me and a reward for losing the weight.

    Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?

    Lisa: It was easy because I had looked at the extra skin for a couple of years and tucked it inside of my jeans in an effort to conceal it. The extra skin prevented me from seeing the success I had worked for.

    Make Me Heal: Did your family, friends, and any other people in your close circle give you support, opposition, or did you make this decision without considering them?

    Lisa: My family supported my decision. My family did not know how bad the skin was until I had already booked the surgery. I selected the few people I got naked in front of and allowed my belly to hang out. I was ashamed and embarrassed but they loved me belly or no belly. I loved me belly or no belly, but with the trust I had in my surgeon I could not come up with a reason why not remove the remaining reminder of how large I once was.

    Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?

    Lisa: I researched plastic surgeons and when I found Dr. Gary Hall, I allowed him to suggest the best procedure for my body. I knew I did not want to do too much at one time. I knew that I had plenty of extra skin and the only place without extra skin is my feet, so I would take the job in bits and pieces. I thought that if something went wrong, no one would see the area since it is hidden under my clothes. Dr. Gary Hall did such a wonderful job, I went back to him for my breast and arms which are more visible and I am equally happy with his work. He is aware that I am not done with removing extra skin and he and I have been in contact since my last surgery. I feel very comfortable calling him or his nurse with any questions. This level of comfort is what makes me refer him to anyone needing plastic surgeon in Kansas.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you used any of Make Me Heal’s resources such as the message boards, pictures library, doctor directory and doctor reviews, and any recovery and preparation products that you used.

    Lisa: I used the message board to blog my experience. I met several people on the website and I have become very very close friends with a Make Me Heal user. We met during my LBL and we have become close friends ever since. There has not been a day that we have not talked to each other and I recently went to visit her out of town at her home.

    Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?

    Lisa: I did 4 consultations with plastic surgeons. I chose Dr. Gary Hall when I went to visit him and his nurse Shawna. I researched the internet and found his website. I did not know of anyone who had plastic surgery and I did not want to tell anyone of my procedure until it was scheduled.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor?

    Lisa: No — I trusted God and the doctor. My work was done by losing the weight. I left it up to the doctor to decide the way to remove the skin.

    Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?

    Lisa: I prepared for the surgery by talking to many people on Make Me Heal and reading and looking at lots of posted pictures on the site.

    Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?

    Lisa: I was nervous, but I felt comfortable because I did not want to live with the extra skin another day. I took before pictures the night before and said good bye to my extra belly. It was no longer a friend of mine and I was glad to lose it. In regard to my breast lift and arm surgery, I was so excited the night before because I always wanted breast that did not look like empty socks.

    Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?

    Lisa: For my LBL, the recovery was okay now that it is over. I am still in shock that I allowed my entire body to be cut in half. I hated the draining tubes that he left in after surgery. My help came from my family and primarily my boyfriend who took total care of me. I think that my healing is based on how detailed he was with helping me through the healing process. I could not have healed as well without him. He totally took care of me.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?

    Lisa: I was not in much pain. I did not finish the pain meds for either procedure.

    Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?

    Lisa: Top recovery tip…………take time to do nothing but heal. Don’t rush back into life. Don’t pick at the scabs, and listen to your doctor.

    Make Me Heal: How long did you take off from work? What did you tell your co-workers about taking this time off? Did anyone notice your cosmetic procedures at work and what did you tell them if they asked about it?

    Lisa: I took off 2 weeks for the LBL and I didn’t have to tell people anything, it was obvious that I lost my stomach. I took off one week for the breast surgery and no one knew I had arm sleeves on from the arm lift. I did not show my arms off until they were healed. Then I told my co-workers to “look at my boobs………dont they look perky.”

    Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?

    Lisa: There are no adjectives to fully express my level of happiness with my plastic surgery results.

    Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?

    Lisa: My surgery has impacted my personal view of the success I achieved from the weight loss. I can see the results of my hard work. I am happy I did not stop working toward losing weight even when I did not see the results because of the extra skin. I am still working out and my thighs are super flabby. I will still work on my legs even though I cant see the muscles. I know after I have the extra skin removed from my thighs, I will see the results of my exercising.

    Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?

    Lisa: NO!

    Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?

    Lisa: If you consider doing plastic surgery, think long and hard and consider that everyone does not have excellent results like I did. I know that I am blessed. I did not smoke or drink while healing. I did what I need to do and I helped my body by resting and following medical instructions. Find the RIGHT doctor and if you feel a professional trusting bond with him/her, then go for it!

    Make Me Heal: Was Make Me Heal beneficial to you along your journey?

    Lisa: Make Me Heal was a way for me to express myself in a way that I was not judged. I was able to make a friend through Make Me Heal. I was able to fully document my journey because of Make Me Heal. I am glad to have the opportunity to help others realize that plastic surgery is a good thing if fully considered.

    See Lisa’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

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