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Gastric band mum pays £20000 to save sex life after being left with saggy skin
An obese nurse who was left with folds of saggy skin all over her body after losing 10-stone has paid £20,000 to get her sex life back.
Karen Smith, 42, was so self-conscious about her baggy skin and drooping breasts, she felt ‘more confident when she was fat’.
So Mrs Smith took out a loan and used a Weight Loss clinic Abroad to have cheap surgery to achieve the ‘body of her dreams’.
She was so scared her husband would leave her because of her excess skin, she had an upper arm lift, a tummy tuck, thigh lift, breast augmentation and uplift.
Now the size-12 mum from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, loves showcasing her body and dressing up for her husband Darren, 43.
She said: “We’d been together 22 years and I couldn’t remember the last time we’d had sex.
“But after the gastric band surgery, I love slinky lingerie and strutting my stuff.
“We’re always going on dirty weekends away and I love shopping for new outfits in the bedroom.”
Mrs Smith was not eligible for treatment on the NHS becasue she could not meet the critera for gastric band surgery on the NHS, after ballooning to 21 stone, so in June 2009 she booked in for gastric band surgery at the private hospital in Birmingham.
She said: “After the surgery, my stomach was so small I was on a liquid diet for six weeks and then tiny portions.”
Seven months aftergastric band surgery Mrs Smith had lost 9st 7lb and was a size 10.
But the full-time nurse was left with folds of saggy skin due to the quick weight loss.
She said: “The baggy skin was worse than I’d ever imagined.
“Folds of flesh on my tummy meant slim cut jeans pinched.
“My bingo wings were so hefty. I had to go up to a size 12 just to cover my lumps and sagging bumps.”
After searching through the options available, Mrs Smith found she could afford to have surgery if it was performed abroad.
Mr Smith was concerned about the safety of the clinic so she opted to start with a simple procedure, an upper arm lift at a clinic abroad
She said: “I was impressed by how clean the wards were and the qualifications of the surgeons.
Just a day after the surgery in August 2012, the dressings were removed.
he said: “My bingo wings were gone. In the 30 degree heat, I spent the next few days recuperating in the sun.
Mrs Smith was so pleased with the results she wanted more surgery and taking Mr Smith’s concerns on board, she opted to have more serious operations, a tummy tuck and thigh lift, in the UK.
Although the procedure went as planned, she was not entirely satisfied and booked more surgery abroad.
She said: “Seeing that problems can happen at home too, Darren agreed to me going abroad again.”
In April 2013, she headed back abroad for breast augmentation, uplift and corrective surgery to her thighs.
Mrs Smith said: “That time, Darren came along for a holiday. Sightseeing in the city for two days before my surgery, we were just like teenagers again.
“Now I’ve got my confidence back, our love life is back on track too.”
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