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I am depressed and I hate my body.  I started off weighing 330 and currently weigh 195.  My goal is 170.  I worked very hard to get to this weight.  My problem is from losing weight my body has so much skin.  Weighing 330 was not healthy, but my skin did not hang.  I know that I am going to need surgery, but my insurance will not cover this and I can not afford it.  I am depressed with the fact that my body will continue to look this way.  Any suggestion??

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I am sorry. I know the extra skin is a bummer. It will continue to tighten up a little. And, shape wear works wonders if you aren't already wearing it. Pre-op I read that the avg WLS patient saves $5,000 a year in food and drink. If I were you I'd crunch the numbers and see if you can save some of what you'd been spending on food towards skin surgery. 

 

 

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i hear you. even though i am considered a "light weight", i have pretty signifiant hanging skin on my arms and my butt.  my butt, omg.  there are times it bothers me so much i could cry.  i totally understand how you must feel.  i'm so sorry.  please don't give up. stephtay gave an awesome suggestion.  where there's a will there's a way.  can you take on an extra job and sock away the cash? vow to skimp everywhere you can so you can save up? I hope you're able to. you've done a crazy good job at this weight loss thing, i hope you feel super proud of yourself, at least sometimes? 

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I suspect most of us can relate to how you feel. I've never really considered plastic surgery not only because of the cost, there painful procedures put me off, but I admit now I'm thinking I might have to consider it in the future. Other than the pannus, plastics aren't covered here in Australia either, and the conditions under which even the pannus is covered are very stringent. I figure if I want plastics enough in the future then I'll find a way to forgo less important things to get it done even if it takes a few years to get there.

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I have read that many times you can go to a hospital that has a burn unit and get the skin removed for no cost. The key is that you must donate the extra skin to them to use on burn patients.

Not sure if this would interest you but, may be worth checking into.

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On 12/3/2017 at 9:21 PM, Readytobeme said:

I have read that many times you can go to a hospital that has a burn unit and get the skin removed for no cost. The key is that you must donate the extra skin to them to use on burn patients.

Not sure if this would interest you but, may be worth checking into.

If you remember where you have seen this - please post it here. Insurance rarely covers skin removal and many who want it cannot afford it. Thanks.

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There seems to be some question as to whether skin removed from a WLS patient can be donated.  It's my understanding that they don't use excess skin from WLS patients for burn victims because the skin is often thin, damaged and or stretched and generally, they need more skin for grafting than would be removed from a typical WLS patients so they prefer to use cadaver skin. 

https://plasticsurgery101.blogspot.com/2007/09/urban-legend-debunked-can-you-donate.html

http://www.traumaburn.org/who/skinbank/faq.shtml

SKIN DONATION FAQ

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  1. How can I learn about tissue donation?
    An excellent resource to learn all about organ and tissue donation is from an Internet site called: http://www.Transweb.org/.
     
  2. I recently lost a great deal of weight and I have a lots of excess skin. Can I donate my excess skin to a skin bank to help burn patients? Will a tissue bank pay for my skin reduction surgery if I agree to donate my tissue?
    These questions are asked quite often by individuals who have lost large amounts of weight and have excess skin folds. We appreciate your desire to donate, however, this kind of donation is unworkable. Allow me to explain why:

    Our center does not obtain skin from these patients for several reasons. First, this method of obtaining skin is cost prohibitive. The amount of transplantable tissue obtained from tissue reduction surgery is minimal when compared to the amount of tissue obtained from a cadaveric (deceased) tissue donor. The procurement costs would be much greater as it would require the services of doctors, nurses, anesthetists, and other health care professionals as well as the use of an operating room and other hospital services. Cadaveric donation requires only trained tissue recovery technicians, and they can procure tissue after the body has been sent to the morgue (rather than in an operating room), thus keeping expenses to a minimum.

    Additionally, cadaveric donated tissue can be used for transplant soon after recovery (as soon as quality assurance testing is complete), however, the FDA requires that tissues recovered from living donors must be placed into quarantine for six months. At the end of six months, all serologic testing (HIV and Hepatitis) of the donor must be repeated before that tissue can be used.

    It is extremely difficult to obtain a skin graft from tissue than has been removed during tissue reduction surgery. The usual procedure for tissue reduction surgery involves the removal of skin and underlying attached tissues, often several centimeters. Skin grafts used for transplant (burn patients) are only 15/1000 (0.015) of an inch thick and do not include these underlying tissues. Skin grafts for transplant are obtained by the use of a surgical device called a dermatome, which peels off a very thin (0.015 inch) uniform layer of skin.

    I do not know of any tissue bank that would pay for a donor's tissue reduction surgical expenses for the purpose of obtaining skin for transplantation. If you are interested in donating your tissues upon your death I would encourage you to share this information with your family. Your gift can save lives and greatly reduce suffering.

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On 11/28/2017 at 2:13 PM, healthbar99 said:

I am depressed and I hate my body.  I started off weighing 330 and currently weigh 195.  My goal is 170.  I worked very hard to get to this weight.  My problem is from losing weight my body has so much skin.  Weighing 330 was not healthy, but my skin did not hang.  I know that I am going to need surgery, but my insurance will not cover this and I can not afford it.  I am depressed with the fact that my body will continue to look this way.  Any suggestion??

Search the site - there have been some recent posts in the last few months on plastics. Agree with you this could be a bummer but am hoping for you that this is mixed with happiness that your weight is some much healthier. 

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Sorry, guys. I think that I read the thing about the burn unit at another WLS forum. I should have clarified that it was nothing that I knew as fact.

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