Maddy Ghorob, better known as “effbeingfat” on Instagram, lost 130 pounds over the course of the last year. On Tuesday, Ghorob underwent a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and a breast augmentation — and the 30-year-old law student allowed her plastic surgeon to document the surgeries on Snapchat.
After spending her whole life being overweight, Ghorob decided to get a bariatric sleeve and has since lost almost half of her body weight. The process has been difficult both emotionally and physically for her, and now she’s faced with a new challenge. In the weeks leading up to her surgery, Ghorob struggled to cope with losing a piece of her identity and no longer being “the fat chick.”
Ghorob shared on social media that she didn’t expect this part of her weight-loss journey to be so emotionally taxing and worried that she won’t like the way she looks after the surgeries. “First I felt regret that I didn’t lose more weight before going to get nipped and tucked. Followed by fear of what the future me will become,” Ghorob wrote. “The fat life is all I’ve ever known … and still it’s hard for me to let it go. I still refer to myself as fat even though I’m probably really not anymore. Weight loss is more than physical. For me, the majority of my pain and suffering was mental and emotional, and I still battle with that part every day.”
She managed to get past her troubled thoughts and moved forward with the procedures with her Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD, who goes by Dr. J. The surgery can be seen on Dr. J’s Snapchat — under drjsurgery — though it’s not for the faint of heart.
Dr. J isn’t the first to document invasive surgeries on social media. Snapchat, along with Instagram, have served as platforms for several other plastic surgeons as well. The most notable of which started as a video on Instagram posted by plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer, MD, better known as therealdrmiami (Salzhauer, however, experienced issues with having his content removed due to the graphic imagery). “People weren’t just watching, but also sending us good questions and following day-by-day like a soap opera,” Salzhauer told Refinery29. “And not just the surgeries, but the girls in the office and the little shenanigans that were going on. That’s when I knew we had something … and it just kept growing and growing.”
And it doesn’t stop there — there are countless other surgeons on Snapchat. Be it the unusual, formerly unavailable imagery or the disturbing nature of the content, everybody is fascinated by the unknown, and Ghorob and her 80,000 Instagram followers want to be part of it.