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Mother who lost 245LBS and was left with rolls of excess skin

A wife and mother who was left with rolls of excess skin after losing more than 200 pounds has transformed her body by going under the knife a second time.

Autumn Estes, 34, lost a staggering 245 pounds after reaching her highest weight of 400 pounds.  

Over the years, Autumn, who was a single mother after becoming pregnant aged 17, struggled to lose the weight—until she had gastric bypass surgery.

Before and after: Autumn Estes, 34, was left with rolls of excess skin after losing more than 200 pounds. She has transformed her body by going under the knife a second time

Struggling: The mother lost a staggering 245 pounds after reaching her highest weight of 400 pounds, but said being left with excess flesh was 'a cruel joke'

Struggling: The mother lost a staggering 245 pounds after reaching her highest weight of 400 pounds, but said being left with excess flesh was ‘a cruel joke’

Past: Autumn (pictured before her skin removal surgery) was a single mother after becoming pregnant when she was 17 years old, and gained 120 pounds during her pregnancy

Past: Autumn (pictured before her skin removal surgery) was a single mother after becoming pregnant when she was 17 years old, and gained 120 pounds during her pregnancy

She then started shedding weight, going down to 155 pounds, and was thrilled to be able to do more things with her son Malaki, who is now a teenager.

But Autumn was left with rolls of skin that she found unsightly.

‘The extra skin is a cruel joke,’ Autumn said in a preview of Wednesday’s episode of TLC’s show Skin Tight. 

‘Like, Ha ha ha! You’ve lost so much weight and you thought you’d finally be there, but then, I see this skin.

‘I have come so far in my journey and I’m still not happy with myself. And when I think back, I can’t remember ever being happy with myself.’ 

Four years ago, the mother tied the knot with her partner Ron, but she ended up being too embarrassed to let him touch certain parts of her body.

After a consultation with the show’s Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, Autumn decided to undergo skin removal surgery. 

Changes: The mother (pictured before her weight loss surgery) reflected on her weight loss journey, explaining that she didn't have 'any hope' for herself when she weighed 400 pounds

Changes: The mother (pictured before her weight loss surgery) reflected on her weight loss journey, explaining that she didn’t have ‘any hope’ for herself when she weighed 400 pounds

Coping: 'I didn't have the best relation with [my son's] father and we were not together, so I felt like such a disappointment,' Autumn (pictured as a young mother) said

Coping: ‘I didn’t have the best relation with [my son’s] father and we were not together, so I felt like such a disappointment,’ Autumn (pictured as a young mother) said

Parent: Autumn decided to undergo weight loss surgery so that she would be able to do more things with her son Malaki (pictured with her in an archive shot)

Parent: Autumn decided to undergo weight loss surgery so that she would be able to do more things with her son Malaki (pictured with her in an archive shot)

In love: Four years ago, the mother tied the knot with her partner Ron, but she ended up being too embarrassed to let him touch certain parts of her body

In love: Four years ago, the mother tied the knot with her partner Ron, but she ended up being too embarrassed to let him touch certain parts of her body

She had a brachioplasty—a procedure to tighten the skin on the arms—a thigh lift, and an abdominoplasty to remove excess tissues on her abdomen.

Overall, the mother had 12.5 pounds of excess skin removed.

Autumn was delighted with the results and was soon able to start working out with her son, while also getting close to her husband again.

On the show, Autumn also reflected on her weight loss journey, explaining that she used to be ‘unhappy all the time and negative’, and didn’t have ‘any hope’ for herself back when she weighed 400 pounds.

‘When I was younger, I was a little bit chubby and I was an emotional eater. If it was good, I celebrated with food. If it was bad, I comforted myself with food. Anything fried, I just love it,’ she said.

During her pregnancy, Autumn gained 120 pounds.

‘I didn’t have the best relation with [my son’s] father and we were not together, so I felt like such a disappointment. And I did a lot of secret eating where my parents would cook supper, and I would still go out and get a meal from a different restaurant and go in a parking lot and eat.’ 

Advice: After a consultation with the show's Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, Autumn decided to undergo skin removal surgery

Advice: After a consultation with the show’s Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, Autumn decided to undergo skin removal surgery

Procedure: Autumn had a brachioplasty¿a procedure to tighten the skin on the arms¿a thigh lift, and an abdominoplasty to remove excess tissues on her abdomen

Procedure: Autumn had a brachioplasty—a procedure to tighten the skin on the arms—a thigh lift, and an abdominoplasty to remove excess tissues on her abdomen

Results: The mother (pictured during her recovery period) had 12.5 pounds of skin removed

Results: The mother (pictured during her recovery period) had 12.5 pounds of skin removed

Happy: Autumn was delighted with the results and was able to start working out with her son

Happy: Autumn was delighted with the results and was able to start working out with her son

Duo: She was also able to start getting closer to her husband again after the procedure

Duo: She was also able to start getting closer to her husband again after the procedure

Ultimately, Autumn decided to have weight loss surgery after being unable to get onto a ride with her son at a fair. 

The mother is not the only one who opened up about her story on the show.

A man who once weighed 500 pounds revealed in the same episode that he is forced to wear a woman’s girdle to hold in the sagging excess skin on his stomach after his incredible 280-pound weight loss.  

Cody Key watched his weight spiral out of control while growing up in a small town in Alabama, but his morbid obesity left him plagued with insecurity. Determined to make a change, he shed more than half his body weight by following a healthy diet and exercise routine.

‘I was always a bubbly person. I always had a good personality, but because of the sagging skin, my self-esteem started coming down,’ Cody explained in a preview clip from Wednesday’s episode of Skin Tight.

Daily struggle: Cody Key also revealed on the show that he has to wear a girdle (pictured) every day to hold in the sagging skin on his stomach 

Daily struggle: Cody Key also revealed on the show that he has to wear a girdle (pictured) every day to hold in the sagging skin on his stomach 

Dramatic weight loss: The Alabama native was left with a deformed chest and droopy skin on his stomach after losing more than 280 pounds

Dramatic weight loss: The Alabama native was left with a deformed chest and droopy skin on his stomach after losing more than 280 pounds

Then and wow! At his heaviest, Cody weighed 500 pounds after his high school graduation

Then and wow! At his heaviest, Cody weighed 500 pounds after his high school graduation

‘That person slowly started disappearing, and I became more of a hermit that I ever have been in my life.’  

Cody weighed 500 pounds when he graduated the 12th grade, but that didn’t stop him from following his high school sweetheart to Florida. 

He eventually returned to Alabama to lose weight once and for all in hopes of achieving a body that he could feel proud of. 

However, his dramatic weight loss left him with unsightly excess skin and a deformed chest that has him feeling even more insecure. 

‘I feel like my stomach is my main problem area, so I wear a woman’s wire girdle,’ he explained. ‘It helps with my shape a little bit, but I hate having to go buy them. I hate having to wear them.’

Misery: 'It helps with my shape a little bit, but I hate having to go buy them. I hate having to wear them,' Cody said of his girdle

Misery: ‘It helps with my shape a little bit, but I hate having to go buy them. I hate having to wear them,’ Cody said of his girdle

Support system: Cody said he has to make sure he has one every single day because he 'won't leave the house without it'

Support system: Cody said he has to make sure he has one every single day because he ‘won’t leave the house without it’

Holding him back: Cody wants to be a personal trainer, but he fears no one will take him seriously because of the droopy skin on his stomach

Holding him back: Cody wants to be a personal trainer, but he fears no one will take him seriously because of the droopy skin on his stomach

Cody said he has to make sure he has one every single day because he ‘won’t leave the house without it.’

‘The skin creates a feeling of shame and failure, and it’s keeping me from growing up and getting a career,’ he admitted.

Cody explained that he wants to work in the fitness field as a personal trainer and one day own his own gym, but he fears people won’t take him seriously because of the droopy skin on his body.

‘I am living proof if you put your mind to it and you stick with it you can make whatever you want happen happen,’ he said.

‘I feel like people are going to look at me and be like, “Why is he trying to be a personal trainer? Look at his body. He’s still big. He’s still flabby.”‘

‘I’ve done everything in my power to lose the skin, but there is only so much that you can do on your own,’ he added. ‘I’m just desperate for the skin to be gone.’



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