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.
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.
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.”