For the past two years, Auckland-based woman Simone Anderson, 27, has been sharing her weight loss experience with the world.
The popular blogger decided to embark on a weight loss program on August 29th, 2014, after weighing in at 169 kilograms and just 11 months after gastric sleeve surgery, had lost a staggering 92 kilograms.
As a result, Ms Anderson was left with excess skin and underwent a a nine-hour surgery in late 2015 – a mammoth operation that cost more than $20,000 and included abdominoplasty, a bra line back lift and a breast lift and augmentation.
And now, two years on, an emotional Ms Anderson has revealed she will now fly back to America and have excess skin removal surgery on the lower half of her body.
For the past two years, Auckland-based woman Simone Anderson, 27, has been sharing her weight loss journey with the world
The popular blogger decided to embark on a weight loss program on August 29th, 2014, after weighing in at 169 kilograms and just 11 months after gastric sleeve surgery, had lost a staggering 92 kilograms
Taking to YouTube on her 27th birthday, the brave blogger said she’s booked in for surgery in April with Dr. Remus Rapta.
She will be having a Brazilian butt lift, an excisional butt lift and a thigh lift.
‘It’s a dream come true. Two years ago I had my upper body done with him. I had a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and breast lift and a bra line back lift,’ a visibly emotional Ms Anderson said.
‘It was the best thing ever and I couldn’t even believe the results. It’s not perfect as I still have loose skin on my tummy and on my boobs but it is 1,000 times more improved than what it was.
‘I am going back over the get my lower body skin removal done on my thighs and my bum. It is something I honestly have dreamed of for so long and I never thought I’d be able to do it again or do it again so quickly.’
‘As you can see, that is all loose skin. You can pull it right out… it’s quite confronting,’ she said
‘As easy as that may look for me to show that, it’s not easy and it never gets easier. I still get nervous before I post these and it terrifies me. I get awful comments, especially on YouTube,’ she said
Ms Anderson said that while she is nervous about putting her body through the trauma again, she is optimistic.
‘I know I have done it and I can do it and that I can get through it,’ she said, before showing viewers the excess skin on the lower half of her body.
‘As you can see, that is all loose skin. You can pull it right out… it’s quite confronting.
‘As easy as that may look for me to show that, it’s not easy and it never gets easier. I still get nervous before I post these and it terrifies me. I get awful comments, especially on YouTube.
‘I have to remind myself of who I am as a person and that a little bit of loose skin on my thighs doesn’t define me.’
‘After losing 92kg it would be near impossible to get a “perfect” stomach even after skin removal surgery,’ she explained
Ms Anderson was visibly emotional after announcing she was getting the surgery
‘I didn’t love my excess skin when I first saw it starting to appear. I had to teach myself every single day,’ she said
Ms Anderson said this surgery will be the ‘final stage’ of her weight loss journey.
‘My body will always be a work in progress but I am getting rid of that excess skin that I’ve been tucking into clothes for so long,’ she said.
‘I didn’t love my excess skin when I first saw it starting to appear. I had to teach myself every single day.
‘I am at a point now where I can say I love it and what it reminds me of is all positive. But in the same sense you want to be able to see improvement and I can’t wait to see muscle development for once on my legs like I can on my arms.’
Ms Anderson recently addressed those who had asked her why she still has ‘loose skin’ on her stomach after surgery.
‘You want to be able to see improvement and I can’t wait to see muscle development for once on my legs like I can on my arms,’ she said
Ms Anderson hit back at a troll who claimed she looked ‘deformed’ after plastic surgery (pictured before and now)
‘After losing 92kg it would be near impossible to get a “perfect” stomach even after skin removal surgery,’ she explained.
‘Different angles and different positions make massive changes to your body’s appearance, while sitting slouched most people will get some form of roll going on.
‘There is nothing wrong with this… embrace it. If you are going into a cosmetic procedure hoping for perfection you are probably doing it for the wrong reasons.
‘I never hoped for perfection, I never aimed for it. There has been a massive improvement and I couldn’t be happier with my results, I love my body and always have! This body is the only body I have so I’m not going to spend a single second hating it.’
The 26-year-old said she often sees such comments appear in her images and in her private messages (pictured having fillers done)
‘You don’t need to constantly remain exactly the same or not make changes to try and prove you love yourself,’ Ms Anderson wrote in defence to the statement
Ms Anderson created a Give A Little page prior to her first surgery to raise $20,000 for the surgery expenses.
Ms Anderson, who has in the past had facial fillers, porcelain veneers and more to help with her self-confidence, recently took to Instagram to hit back at a troll who claimed she looks ‘deformed’ after plastic surgery.
‘Self love doesn’t start at a certain point in life, you don’t get to it with your weight or your appearance. You don’t need to constantly remain exactly the same or not make changes to try and prove you love yourself,’ the Instagram star said.
‘Every single change I have made to my appearance I have been open and honest with you all about.
‘It has never been an easy decision due to constant judgment and scrutiny, but I have continued to share openly as I have promised this from day one.’
‘Every single change I have made to my appearance I have been open and honest with you all,’ she said – whether it was plastic surgery, skin removal or veneers
‘I am not ashamed or have ever tried to hide a single one of these things,’ she wrote – showing exactly how much she has changed
The YouTube star admitted that ‘having plastic surgery and now getting facial fillers is something I probably would never have looked into if I hadn’t lost nearly 100kg’.
But, she said, ‘this left me with saggy, deflated skin and both these have helped me feel more confident in myself’.
Ms Anderson chose to have fillers after noticing her skin sagging on her face.
‘At the start of this week I went to the amazing team at @caci_nz and had facial fillers,’ she said.
‘After losing 92kg I am covered in lose [sic] skin and one place that I don’t think many people would even think it would occur is the face.
‘My cheeks sagged leaving me with big indent lines around my nose to mouth which is also something that can happen as you age and your skin loses the elasticity.’
The YouTube star admitted that ‘having plastic surgery and now getting facial fillers is something I probably would never have looked into if I hadn’t lost nearly 100kg’
Last year, Ms Anderson took to YouTube to share her experience with lip fillers and why she plans to continue getting them moving forward (pictured since)
‘I know some people do not agree with enhancements… I totally respect that and totally understand that and that is your decision,’ Ms Anderson said on YouTube
Simone Anderson’s typical daily meal plan:
Breakfast: A protein shake with a banana and milk
Morning Tea: A small handful of mixed nuts for and a piece of fruit
Lunch: An omelette with veges
Dinner: Brown rice, salmon, avocado and a hard boiled egg.
Tip: I like to have a tea after dinner which stops my craving for anything sweet!
Since first starting her weight loss journey, Ms Anderson has earned over half a million followers on social media and regularly shares inspiring words of advice, her workout regime and her diet choices with them.
Speaking previously to FEMAIL about her top tips for losing weight and keeping it off, Ms Anderson said: ‘I like to spend a couple of hours each Sunday planning what meals I want for the week, then going food shopping and finally prepping meals and snacks’.
‘I [also] find if I am well hydrated then it also makes a huge difference in my energy levels,’ she said.
‘Ensuring I have good healthy and easy snacks on hand means it helps choose a healthy option over something that is unhealthy or more convenient.’
She also recommended small daily changes – such as changing a catch-up such as a glass of wine to a walk and a smoothie – as the best way to achieve your goals.
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