Martin Jones' challenges are felt by many others. The U.K. native lost hundreds of pounds when he was in his teens, but years later is still dealing with the loose and sagging skin that was the result of his weight loss. Now, Jones is working toward getting a tummy tuck procedure to help him feel more comfortable with his smaller frame, The Sentinel reports.
Jones' transformation began when he was just 16. He went to the doctor who said his body mass index was much too high. After cutting out unhealthy foods and exercising more, he dropped the weight but still has one step left.
"I lost all the weight, but my skin had been so stretched, it sagged. I thought with being young it would go back, but it hasn't," the 22-year-old Jones told the newspaper. "I'm back weight training again, but nothing works and my doctor tells me my skin will never go back."
Jones is working to save money for the tummy tuck costs, and his plight is one faced by many patients in the United States as well. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2011 more than 115,900 tummy tucks were performed in the U.S.