Overweight Irish woman says plastic surgery changed her life
After shedding 100 pounds, a County Cavan woman came to the U.S. in 2008 and again this year to undergo surgeries that would enhance her appearance and give her the body she once dreamed about.
Linda Duff, 39, spent the best part of her 35th year dieting. Duff, who weighed 300 pounds when she turned 35, made the decision to lose the weight because her quality of life was not what it should be for a woman of her age.
Duff spent the next year pounding the pavement of her hometown in Bailieborough, County Cavan and staying away from carbohydrates.
“I was so overweight that I could barely walk,” Duff told IrishCentral’s sister publication the Irish Voice from Ireland this week.
Although delighted with the amount of weight she lost (100 pounds), Duff was disgusted with the excess skin that remained on her body, in particular around her stomach area.
Duff, who has four sisters and two brothers living in New York, heard about a woman who underwent a tummy tuck in White Plains, New York.
“My sister emailed me pictures of this woman after she had the surgery and I just couldn’t believe it. She looked great,” said Duff.
“I was that impressed with what I saw that I wanted to find out if I could get it done,” she added.
After discussing it with her husband, Patrick, Duff booked a flight to New York and a consultation with the same plastic surgeon used by the woman in the email.
Albeit slightly nervous, Duff met with Dr. Daniel Brauman, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, in February 2008.
Duff was planning to meet with the doctor and then return to Ireland to think through her decision. However, after meeting with Brauman and his staff, Duff asked them there and then if she could have the operation during her stay, and they obliged.
“I asked Dr. Brauman could I have the surgery straight away. I felt so at ease and knew this was what I wanted, so I decided why wait any longer,” she said.
A few days later, Duff went under the knife at Brauman’s clinic in White Plains to get rid of the extra 20 pounds she was carrying around her tummy. Duff, who lived in New York for five years in the late 1990s, was delighted with the results of the surgery.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I now have a slim tummy, a six pack,” laughs Duff proudly.
“The surgery completely changed the shape of my body. It’s just fantastic. I couldn’t believe the results. Even after just one week I could really see how my body had changed. I was thrilled.”
Duff, who runs a pub in Bailieborough with her husband, spent five weeks in total in New York last spring. Although she was released the day of the surgery she spent an additional two weeks recovering in her sister’s home in New York.
“Between the consultation and the surgery and recovery time I was in New York for five weeks in total,” said Duff.
The Cavan woman was excited to go back to Ireland and flaunt her new body.