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Extreme weight loss patients opting for 'tummy tuck' procedures

Claire opted to have the 'extreme tummy tuck' surgery after loosing weight. Credit: MEN Media

These photos show the astonishing results of an ‘extreme tummy tuck’ procedure, carried out by one of the few specialist surgeons in the world.

Gary Ross, based at the private BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Stockport, Manchester, is one of only a handful of specialists in the whole world to perform the procedure.

It is a form of abdominoplasty called the ‘Fleur de Lis’ - because the surgical cuts resemble a lily flower - and is particularly effective in removing excess skin after extreme weight loss.

Claire, 55, from Cheadle, Stockport, Manchester, opted to have the surgery after losing an amazing nine-and-a-half stone in 20 months.

“Everyone encourages you to lose weight, but no-one prepares you for what happens to your body when you shed such large amounts of it.”

“After my weight loss I ended up with vast rolls of excess skin around my tummy and large, loose bags under my arms.

“I was happy I was now a healthy weight but I hated the way I looked.”

– Claire

Claire says she even considered putting the weight back on, but eventually decided to pay £10,000 to have the Fleur de Lis surgery at The Alexandra.

“It’s made such a difference to my self esteem,” she added. “It’s definitely been a life changing experience.”

Mr Ross says demand for the procedure had increased by 200 per cent in the past five years, which he attributes to a rise in the number of ‘mummy makeover’ patients - women splashing out on operations to regain their figures after having children.

He said:

It’s essentially a procedure that trumps the standard tummy tuck by allowing a surgeon to remove even more excess skin and fat than previously possible.

“And it’s particularly good in the case of extreme weight loss patients, where there is excess skin and fat in the supper part of the abdomen.

“The rise in popularity highlights the fact that British patients are simply demanding better results from surgery, as more and more women opt for ‘mummy makeovers’.”

– Gary Ross, surgeon
Gary Ross says increasing amounts of women are opting for the 'mummy makeovers.' Credit: MEN Media

In August this year TV presenter Lisa Riley made headlines when she underwent the procedure after losing 12 stone.

The 41-year-old said: “It never occurred to me the loose skin would be so bad.

“I thought ‘why on earth have I lost all this weight?’. I looked worse than I did when I was obese.”