On TLC’s docuseries My 600-lb. Life, obese people who want to lose weight prepare for gastric bypass surgery. The spinoff docuseries Skin Tight features people who have already lost a massive amount of weight but are now struggling with an excessive amount of skin. As surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan of My 600-lb Life (and Skin Tight) says, “Surgery is the only way to get rid of it.”
The episode “Julie N and Andrew” shows the transformation of Julie who has lost 178 lbs. and Andrew who has lost more than 200 lbs. Julie says, “The skin keeps me from being the person I want to be.” Both undergo skin removal surgeries — each surgery removes up to 20 pounds of skin but requires hundreds and hundreds of stitches. And the pain is significant. But Julie says the pain is worth it. Skin Tight airs Thursdays at 10pm on TLC.