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Double take
Twins enjoy a whole new look after dramatic weight loss

Fifty-three-year-old twins Denise and Danette Brown have shared a lot of things. Now they share one more — flattering waistlines.

The twins had each undergone gastric bypass surgery — Danette in 2004 and Denise in 2005, losing 100 and 113 pounds, respectively. But the two U.S. Postal Service workers were left with some excess skin, particularly in their abdominal area, following their weight loss.

Nearly every day after her gastric bypass surgery, Denise says she would remind herself how much she hated the excess skin folds around her midline.

“I just couldn’t stand it. I wasn’t trying to hide the fact that I’d been a fat girl and weighed 250 pounds,” says the 5-foot-6½-inch Denise, who now runs half-marathons. “But I couldn’t stand that tummy and was determined to get a tummy tuck.”

Her physician referred her to Via Christi Advanced Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, where she underwent an abdominoplasty in 2010.

Danette was so impressed with her sister’s results — “her stomach looked so flat,” says the older of the two — that she underwent surgery last April with the same board-certified plastic surgeon, Kenton Schoonover, MD, FACS. On the advice of Denise, the 5-foot-5-inch Danette also had liposuction and additional torso contouring.

And the sisters couldn’t be happier with their results.

“I felt like I was ‘all that’,” says Denise with a laugh, recalling her reaction after seeing her new tummy for the first time.

“The first thing I wanted to do was to keep trying on something smaller,” says Danette, smiling, who went down a pant size after plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery
For someone with significant weight loss, don’t overlook the possibility of cosmetic surgery, says Denise Brown, who lost 113 pounds following gastric bypass surgery and afterward had a tummy tuck. “They probably should go hand in hand.”

Weight-loss patients who visit Via Christi Advanced Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery “will usually pick what area is most important to them at the time,” says manager Mignon Brewster, RN, MBA.

Some choose to enhance and remove excess skin in more visible areas, such as the neck. Others want to be able to wear short sleeves and shorts so arms and legs are the target. The costs of procedures vary from $3,000 to $6,000.

The removal of excess skin often results in inches and pounds lost, and even smaller clothing sizes.

“And what it does for their confidence is beyond words,” Brewster says.

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