Where Are They Now? Dr. Bekanich Catches Up with Tim Bauer from Skin TightPosted on June 10, 2016 | by Dr. Amy Bekanich
It’s been just a few months since TLC’s Skin Tight, and if you’ve been wondering how the participants are doing, look no further! We recently chatted with Tim Bauer to see just how his life has changed since Skin Tight.
How has your confidence level been impacted by your surgery?
“Before I had my surgeries, I visited with a good friend who had also lost a lot weight and had them done. He told me that the surgeries would make as big a difference in my life and confidence as my initial 225 pound weight loss. I told him that he was crazy and that the skin wouldn’t matter that much.
What I didn’t know is that I would finally fit into clothes properly. I love the way I look in pictures for the first time in my entire life. And I actually believe people I meet for the first time who find out I used to weigh 440 pounds that they had no idea from looking at me. I feel like I finally look like all the hard work I put in.”
How has your skin changed since your surgeries? Are you still happy with your results?
“I could not be happier with the way my surgeries turned out. The swelling seems to be completely down. I can’t believe it, but I’m starting to see my abdominal muscles and an Adonis belt. It’s kind of funny; I look at pictures before the surgery and can’t believe how different I look from what I thought I was my ultimate “after” picture already.
One of the most common questions I got after the surgery airing on Skin Tight was about my nipples. People were so concerned for them that I had to develop an auto responder on my email for nipple-related questions! I’m proud to announce that they are looking better by the day, and I affectionately refer to them as ‘the best nipples money can buy.’”
What would you like to tell other people who are considering a surgery like this?
“The first thing I want to say is that the fear of loose skin should never be a deterrent to someone considering weight loss. If I had not had the opportunity to have my skin removed, I would still have lost my weight. It’s the best thing I ever did for myself.
The second best thing I ever did for myself was having this surgery. When people ask me my thoughts about having the surgery done, I tell them that it was absolutely worth the pain and recovery. This surgery changed my life and gave me the body of my dreams. My hard work and diligence alone had changed my life, but they could only take me so far aesthetically speaking.
What is so remarkable is that the loose skin being removed has made me faster, more agile, and actually helps me in the gym. I don’t have to worry about chafing and skin flopping. I take off my shirt with confidence now. I may not have a flawless body, and I probably will never have it, but I look like a “normal” person and that feels remarkable.
As far as advice about the recovery, I’d tell someone to take advantage of the down time. I read four or five books a week during recovery and meditated daily. It was an incredible time of recharging for me and much needed.”
Can you comment on the care that you received with Dr. Bekanich throughout your surgeries and the recovery period?
“I had never had surgery prior to my two procedures, and these were pretty big ones to go through even for a seasoned surgical patient. I am headstrong and independent and do not react well to not having full control, which can be problematic during recovery.
Notwithstanding my personal shortcomings, Dr. Bekanich was incredible throughout the process. She answered every single one of my numerous questions. I bring a notepad and pen everywhere and I document everything and make lists constantly. During recovery, I made a cloud-based spreadsheet to track my drain logs and intake of medication. I was a typical pig-headed guy and tried to tough it out with no pain meds, and she was available to walk my caretaker through the delicate surgical procedure of helping me remove my head from my rear end. If any of my neuroticism annoyed her, I could never tell!
Even once I got home and the cameras were off, she was always available to talk to me about any concerns or questions I had in recovery. She was the perfect surgeon for me and I am a huge fan of her, Alethea, and her practice.”
What are some new developments in your life since we last talked?
“I started really focusing further on my nutrition, and I’ve cut an additional 2.5 inches from my waistline since the surgeries. I’m going to enjoy the beaches in my backyard for the first time in my entire life!
But the most important development happened after the show aired and I was able to see some of the pictures and scenes from the episode. In one picture in particular, Heather [Tim’s fiance] is standing over me and I look like absolute death. My hair is unkempt and I’m wearing drain necklaces filled with my body fluids leaking out of surgically placed holes in my body. I’m a filthy mess of gauze and fluid. She’d been there all night by my bedside and was probably exhausted, but she’s looking at me so happy and lovingly. She loved me with loose skin, swollen skin, draining skin, and now chiseled skin. I knew I couldn’t live without this woman in my life.
It was 11 at night when I saw that picture. She was sleeping next to me. I opened my email and sent a message to order a custom ring from her favorite jeweler. When the ring finally arrived, I planned a special proposal for her, and she said yes! And thanks to the surgery, the tux will get to be a little more fitted ;)!”