I recently noticed something
And I was not happy
This week I have been explaining some issues that I have been facing recently. Bad issues that temporarily turned me away from blogging here.
A few weeks ago, I was looking in the mirror after taking a shower (yes, I was naked), and I saw something that horrified me. I mean it literally horrified me. It angered me. It made me wonder if I should even continue my weight loss journey.
I had a ton of loose skin on my legs (inner thighs). It caused me great anguish when I noticed this.
Hey, I have lost more than 200 pounds, so I should expect to have loose skin, right?
Well, I thought I would not have loose skin.
I closely follow Dr. Jason Fung, and Fung has said on several videos that I have watched that his fasting/weight loss patients rarely have loose skin even after massive weight loss.
The reason that they don’t experience loose skin is due to Autophagy. Autophagy is the process where the body consumes cells that are unhealthy or no longer needed.
It has been my hope and my expectation that I would have either no loose skin or a very minimal amount of loose skin after my massive weight loss. My aim is to lose at least 250 pounds from my peak. Right now, I have lost about 215 pounds already, so something like another 35 to go.
Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic. I don’t blame Dr. Fung or anything, and I believe that the information he gave regarding autophagy eliminating loose skin was accurate. I have indeed seen much of my loose skin being eliminated.
However, it has become apparent to me that I am going to have loose skin. A lot of loose skin.
I have accepted that fact. I am not happy about it, though. In fact, while I have accepted the fact that this will be a problem to me, I am still horrified and embarrassed about it. I still have to put my head around accepting the loose skin in terms of how I think about my body.
Yes, there are options that I have.
- Loose Skin Removal Surgery
- Just accepting the loose skin and living with it
I have to decide which one to do.
Surgery is a natural decision
Is it natural to just go for surgery? Well, probably not, at least in my view. I have several reasons why I am leaning against having skin removal surgery.
- I have watched videos of this type of surgery being done, and it is very scary. In 2016 I had a quadruple bypass, and I was less scared of that surgery than the loose skin removal after watching videos of both procedures.
- I have talked with a doctor friend of mine in the USA. He is an anesthesiologist and has participated in this surgery. He advises me to not do it unless it is absolutely necessary.
- In most cases, this is a cosmetic procedure. Do I want to go through the danger, expense, and pain for a cosmetic procedure? I have researched and found that in some cases there are medical reasons for this, but mostly it is only a cosmetic procedure.
- After my heart bypass in 2016, I told people that I had learned to “respect the scalpel”. It is a serious thing to cut your body open and mess around with things. I prefer to not have surgery and heal things in a natural way.
So, yes, I have reasons for leaning toward avoiding this. But, I also still have some interest, and consider it as a possible option. If I were to find it to be medically necessary then I would most certainly have the surgery.
I have been watching some YouTube videos of people who have lost massive amounts of weight. The people I have been watching have, or had loose skin.
There are two crowds here. Some had the surgery, and others did not. Right now I am undecided and still in the middle. I don’t need to decide right now, because I am not finished with weight loss anyway, but I should be soon.
One YouTube channel that I am following is called ObeseToBeast. This is a young guy, John, in his 20s who has had massive weight loss. He did not lose weight in the way that I am, but, hey, he was successful so thumbs up to him. You gotta do what works for you, and obviously, it worked.
Anyway, he has a fairly large amount of loose skin, but he does not want surgery. He says that he “owns it” and he is actually proud of it.
Proud of it?
Yeah, he is proud of his loose skin. I talked with a friend about loose skin a while back. He advised me not to have surgery unless it was necessary, and he told me those same words – “You should be proud of your loose skin.”
How could I be proud of it, and why?
My friend said that the loose skin was a sign of where I had been and the achievement that I accomplished by loosing more than 200 pounds. I should be proud of that, he said.
It will take some thought and eventual acceptance for me to be proud of loose skin, but I do hope that I can make it to that point. I would prefer to avoid the scalpel.
What it comes down to
It all comes down to this…
I have to finish my weight loss journey. Next, I need to give time for my loose skin to recede. After giving it proper time, I need to decide if I am willing to accept that, or if I need to take the steps necessary to remove the loose skin.
I cannot and will not decide that now. That decision needs to be made after I have completed the steps that I outlined above. That is the right time to make a decision.
I discussed this with my wife, she is the most important person on this topic, other than myself. I also talked with friends who are important in my life. Most of the important people that I have discussed this with have all told me to just live with my body as it is and be proud of the weight loss accomplishment.
Of course, if there is a medical reason why I need to have removal, that is different. If it is only for cosmetic reasons, though, I feel currently that it is probably not worth the risk.
I would enjoy hearing what others think, so chime in with a comment.
Thanks for your support!