When I toppled 330 pounds at the age of 29, I knew something drastic had to be done. There is a strong history of coronary disease on both sides of my family and I knew in my heart, I would not live to see 40.
On my 30th birthday, I underwent gastric bypass surgery, a procedure that literally changed my life. Within a year, I had lost 140 pounds and gained a world of confidence as well as a deeper understanding of self -image. I could now wear smaller sizes, but with an abundance of loose skin around my stomach, it was difficult to find anything that fit properly. I tried to contain my ‘apron’ of skin with body suits and girdles, but I always felt it was just masking the problem and the bulging skin remained. I researched abdominoplasty and tried to find a doctor that could help me. I even considered returning to Sioux Falls where I underwent gastric bypass, to find the right plastic surgeon. However, it was Dr. Mukerji’s name that emerged time and again as being one of the most highly recommended and trusted plastic surgeons in the area.
After my initial consultation with Dr. Mukerji and staff, I knew this was the right place to be and immediately scheduled the abdominoplasty. Dr. Mukerji warned me of a large scar due to the sizeable amount of skin being removed, but I felt it was a fair compromise just to be free of the skin and finally look normal in clothing.
I remember being scared the morning of my surgery, but was soon comforted by a nurse who showed me her own tummy tuck scar and her report that it was Dr. Mukerji who performed her surgery. I felt wonderful after the surgery and was ecstatic to look down and see my new flat tummy. I now have a strong, tight core (something I didn’t even know I had!) and renewed self-confidence. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to undergo such a successful procedure.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.