Celebrity chef Paula Deen has become famous over the years for her Southern-cuisine, but after years of using her favorite ingredient – butter – and discovering she was diabetic, the charismatic TV personality decided it was time to shed some pounds and improve her health.

Deen was diagnosed with type-2 Diabetes in 2008 but didn’t go public with the disease until January 2012, when she made a commitment to act as spokesperson for a diabetes drug made by Novo Nordisk. However, Deen was met with criticism after continuing to promote her famously fried and buttery Southern recipes that are the exact opposite of what a diabetic should be eating.

But after being scrutinized, Deen pledged to be a better role model for fellow diabetics and decided to commit to a a healthier lifestyle with the support of her husband, Michael Groover, and her two sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. Collectively, the Deen family has lost a combined total of 200 pounds, which is a remarkable accomplishment. Deen herself has lost 45 pounds and is planning on shedding an extra 15 on top of that.

But like many individuals who have shed a significant amount of unwanted fat, Deen is now suffering with excess skin. The skin is remarkably elastic, but when subjected to extreme or fast weight gain or loss, it can lose its elasticity and will not return to its previous form. Deen may want to consider liposuction at this point to lose the last bit of excess fat, specifically SmartLipo, which is a revolutionary liposuction procedure that tightens the skin as it removes the unwanted fat.

According to an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Food Network star has been struggling with loose skin since last year and is considering getting plastic surgery to remove the excess skin, but is a bit hesitant to go under the knife.

“At 66 you’ll find your chin in your lap, you know, if you lose too much, because that loose skin has to go somewhere doesn’t it?” joked Deen, but like many other prospective plastic surgery patients, she is a little skeptical of the operation.

A lot of hesitation when it comes to undergoing plastic surgery is the result of a lack of information. Treatments these days, especially treatments that remove excess skin such as the popular Tummy Tuck procedure, have been revolutionized to cater to different body types and cosmetic goals. The best way to ensure a successful surgery is to work with an experienced and acclaimed plastic surgeon who takes the time to listen to your concerns and who will detail the procedure step by step so you are set at ease.

Here at Shafer Plastic Surgery in New York, Dr. David Shafer commits himself to his patients and always puts makes their needs his top priority. Prospective patients who are considering a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) to remove excess skin can expect to be informed of every detail of the procedure beforehand so they know exactly what to expect.

As one of the top Plastic Surgeons in New York, Dr. Shafer will always make sure you are an ideal candidate for the procedure and will never allow you to undergo a treatment that is not in your best interest.

Dr. Shafer often uses a combination of liposuction with his tummy tuck treatments to ensure there is a balance in the contour of the waist and hips. There are times in which surgeons perform the Abdominoplasty procedure alone, but patients are left with a disproportionate hip to waist ratio. If you are a patient of Dr. Shafer’s, you never have to worry about this. Dr. Shafer will always ensure you look and feel your best and will make sure to bring balance and contour to your physique.

If you reside in New York and are struggling with excess skin in the abdomen or any other area, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Shafer today to discuss the treatment that is ideal for you.