When Chaz Bono first appeared onThe Doctors in November, 2012, he made a commitment to lose weight and improve his overall health. And 85 pounds later, he has accomplished his goal!
Chaz, 44, grew up as the only child of legendary musical duo Sonny and Cher. He is the author of Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be , which recounts his 40-year struggle to match gender identity with the physical change from female to male.
Now, Chaz turns to plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon and his partner, Dr. Ritu Chopra, to complete his weight loss transformation. The Doctors will be getting rid of the one thing dieting can't touch — the excess skin.
People who lose a large amount of weight will often have excess skin that hangs off their body. That skin can be surgically removed, giving the patient a leaner physique. “I’m just hoping that I’m going to look that much thinner without the extra skin on me,” Chaz explains.
All about Abdominoplasty:
• Also known as a "tummy tuck."
• Can either be a "complete" or "partial/mini": In a complete abdominoplasty, the abdomen will be cut from hip to hip. The belly button will be moved, and the patient may need drainage tubes for several days. In a "partial" abdominoplasty, only fat deposits below the belly button are targeted. It requires less surgical time.
• Serves to remove excess skin and fat deposits and tighten the skin.
• Serves to tighten the abdominal muscles, if they have become stretched.
• Pain and swelling
• Bleeding under the skin flap
• Blood clots
• Insufficient healing
• Slims and reshapes certain areas of the body by removing fat.
• Sometimes performed alone, or sometimes in addition to a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck.
• Usually an outpatient procedure.
• Not a treatment for obesity.
• Two Techniques:
1. Tumescent: a tube is inserted into the body, and fat is suctioned out through the tube.
2. Ultrasound-assisted: uses ultrasound to help liquefy the fat before the tube can be inserted.
• Temporary swelling, bruising
• Minor scarring and irritation
• Baggy skin (which should tighten on its own with time)
• Permanent skin color changes
• Uneven surface of skin
• Nerve and skin damage from ultrasound equipment
• Excessive blood or fluid loss
• Fat clots or blood clots resulting in pulmonary embolism
• Pulmonary edema
• Organ puncture