I risk everything to be thin – liposuction nearly killed me but I wont stop

A man who risked his life for the perfect body didn’t let the near-death experience deter him from going under the knife yet again.

London-based Chad Teixeria, 26, has had a variety of fat removal operations and non-surgical treatments like fillers, lipo injections and fat dissolving injections.

In March of last year, he had a full-body mega liposuction and tummy tuck in Turkey that set him back £18,000.

The procedure saw him lose more than 35kg (around 5.5st) in fat in a matter of hours but it could have been fatal.

He told the Daily Star: “I underwent a major weight loss surgery last year, risking my life for the perfect body.

“My surgery lasted for around 10 hours. It was a massive risk and the recovery period was rough but I do not regret a thing and I'm so bloody grateful to be alive.”

During the surgery, 18 litres of fat was removed from his body, which is over three times what UK plastic surgeons would consider safe to do at once.

Due to the amount of fat that was removed, he initially swelled up to twice his pre-op size initially and was bruised all over.

He also had to have two blood transfusions.

While his health was touch and go for a period, this didn’t stop him from having another operation in January of this year.

This month he underwent a full body mega liposuction and a bilateral arm lift – like a tummy tuck for the arms – which removed 11 litres of fat.

There are a variety of risks associated with a bilateral arm lift, such as nerve damage, wound breakdown, seroma (a collection of fluid in the arm), blood clots and chest infections.

But this hasn’t stopped Chad from chasing the body of his dreams.

“I can’t lie, I was sh**ting myself, I was so scared. The surgery process is not for everyone. But I think many people like me will experience so many comments throughout their life from people telling us to just eat less, try harder, be less lazy, and it really isn’t that simple,” he revealed.

“Some of us try harder than anyone will ever realise, and the many gyms, the crazy diets, the starving yourself and the self-hatred, they can just destroy a person.

“I was in such a bad place that even risking my life for the perfect body was worth it.”

Chad has always struggled with his body and has tried everything from dieting and weight management plans to personal trainers and starving himself.

During London’s numerous lockdowns he found himself in an awful place mentally.

“I felt hyper-focused on myself and my weight. I was on social media all the time and struggled with the constant stream of perfect images of perfect bodies I was looking at every day,” he explained.

“My mental health spiralled, I felt lonely and low and I desperately wanted to change the way I was feeling. I got into such a negative space and my mental health took a massive toll.

“I also think many people who struggle with their weight have some internalised fatphobia. We’re all taught that beautiful bodies are slim, toned, muscular bodies, so when you’re a larger person it’s easy to fall into a place where you hate yourself and don’t feel beautiful.”

Chad felt like he was fighting a losing battle with no hope and no escape. He was in such a bad space both mentally and physically, he hated the way he looked and felt.

He added: “I was ready to risk absolutely anything – even my life – to change the way I looked.”

The 26-year-old said that the mounting pressure men are experiencing to look a certain way doesn’t help.

“Gyms and dating apps are full of stunning or quite scary muscular men, it really made me feel insecure and vulnerable looking at these people every day,” he said.

“I would wish that I’d fit in and that someone would love me enough or I would be desirable or intimidating in the way attractive men are expected to be.

“I’d like men to know that if they’re suffering, it’s absolutely ok to speak out. If someone judges you for that it says more about them than it does about you.”

While Chad is happy with the surgeries that he has had, he does advise that people do their research and make sure they find the right surgeon.

“Be aware of the risks and to find a good therapist before starting on this journey, it’s filled with risks and rewards and it’s not an easy one,” he stated.

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