You can read about a procedure and think you understand all there is to know. Sometimes though, it is easy to feel prematurely confident. That is why I am here to tell my Body Lift story. At 32, I knew I was in trouble. I had lost over a hundred pounds, a huge feat. Unfortunately, this left me with an unbelievably saggy body. I was more embarrassed by the inches of lose skin around my waist, over my thighs, and dragging down my breasts than I had been when I was known as the ‘chubby lady’. It was time for an intervention; my surgeon suggested the Body Lift to remove extra skin and tighten my butt and boobs. I couldn’t wait. My Full Body Lift procedure took about six hours. It was an extensive procedure; I spent one night in the hospital before going home. Oh, the first few days were very uncomfortable. Luckily my doctor was proactive at providing pain medication. Having help around the house was vital. Eventually, though, my strength returned and the pain eased. And now, here I am, a year after my surgery, feeling pretty good. I still have some dark scars, although I hear they will continue to fade. The area around my scars is still numb. At first, I hated the odd sensations around my incisions; I couldn’t even let my cat sit in my lap! This has gotten so much better, and I understand it will keep improving, but the numbness is still aggravating. My body looks amazing, though. After years of being overweight, I can finally slide into size 6 skinny jeans – without my stomach pouring out over the top. I have also put in a lot of hours at the gym this past year. This was difficult, but it was time to tone up and build muscle. Finally fitting into workout clothes, I knew I no longer had any excuse to be a couch potato. The moral of my story: a Body Lift is not easy. There was a lot of pain and more recovery time than expected. It was not cheap either; my procedure cost close to $18,000. In the end though, I would not trade a thing. I love my new body and thank my cosmetic surgeon everyday for suggesting this life changing procedure.