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The woman hated her size 10 body and gained confidence by increasing her weight

Leah Jane, 39, from West Sussex, has gone viral on TikTok after revealing her struggle with body acceptance after cosmetic surgery.  She is now happy in a size 14 - 16 (pictured)

A woman who transformed her appearance by losing 9 pounds and having cosmetic surgery to remove loose skin has revealed she continued to hate the way she looked until she learned more about body acceptance.

Leah Jane, 39, from West Sussex, has gained almost 36,000 followers on TikTok, where she posts videos about mid-size fashion.

The marketing consultant, who was once a size 10 after shedding 9st from her size 24 frame, admitted that despite spending thousands on surgery to reduce loose skin and lift her breasts, she was still unhappy with her appearance.

Now a size 14 to 16, she learned to love herself through therapy and following self-esteem accounts on social media.

Leah Jane, 39, from West Sussex, has gone viral on TikTok after revealing her struggle with body acceptance after cosmetic surgery.  She is now happy in a size 14 - 16 (pictured)

Leah Jane, 39, from West Sussex, has gone viral on TikTok after revealing her struggle with body acceptance after cosmetic surgery. She is now happy in a size 14 – 16 (pictured)

Leah had a tummy tuck, breast lift and skin tightening after dropping a 9. Pictured left: Leah at her heaviest, right: Leah as a size 10

Leah had a tummy tuck, breast lift and skin tightening after dropping a 9. Pictured left: Leah at her heaviest, right: Leah as a size 10

At the age of 23, Leah had a tummy tuck to get rid of the ‘saggy skin’ she was left with after shedding 9st five years ago.

She followed up the cosmetic surgery two years later with a breast lift, and at the age of 31 underwent a skin tightening procedure on her thighs.

Leah explained that the joy she felt after spending thousands of pounds on her makeover didn’t last.

Speaking to The Sun, Leah said she understands the messages people send her about hating their body after cosmetic surgery, saying: ‘Not many people talk about the work you have to do (mentally) to be happy with your body.

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‘The standards of beauty we have to keep changing, which means that the “ideal” body shape and size will also do. If you are having surgery for this very reason, I think it can be quite dangerous. Why will it make you happier?’

“If you’re having surgery to feel good mentally, it’s not going to work.”

Leah, who is now a size 14 to 16, said few people talk about the mental work it takes to be happy with your body

Leah, who is now a size 14 to 16, said few people talk about the mental work it takes to be happy with your body

Leah said she was large throughout her childhood and was left with an

Leah said she was large throughout her childhood and was left with an “extreme” amount of loose skin after dieting to lose weight. Pictured left: Size 24, right: Size 10

Leah claims she was big throughout her childhood and started dieting to lose weight at the age of 18.

She said being left with an ‘extreme amount of loose skin’ has not helped her body confidence and admits she feels insecure despite spending a fortune on cosmetic surgery to tighten her skin.

The 39-year-old, who has gone from a size 14 to a size 16 in the past 18 months, said therapy and following her body confidence on social media helped change her mindset.

Leah racked up nearly 15,000 views on a TikTok video that talked about the struggles she had with accepting her body.

Leah said: “I believed I would have a tummy like this. I wanted to look down and there was a flat stomach. I wanted to feel amazing.

“Don’t get me wrong, I was so happy with what they did and they removed so much skin. It was a flat stomach.

“I was happy with it, but I still hated my body. I couldn’t practice why.

“Not many people talk about the work you have to put in up here to be happy with your body. It’s not all about diets, plastic surgery.

“You have to do the work to be happy with yourself.

“After the abdominal surgery, I underwent many other surgeries. I lost a lot of weight, developed an eating disorder, body dysmorphia.

“I lost all this weight, I had all this surgery and I absolutely hated myself and the way I looked.

“Every day I hated myself and wanted to change the way I looked. I totally understand when people message me and say, ‘Look, I had the surgery you had and I still hate my body.’

“It’s not about your body, it’s about how you think about your body. The great news is that you can change the way you think about your body.

Leah claims she's happier with her body than ever after therapy and following body acceptance social media accounts

Leah claims she’s happier with her body than ever after therapy and following body acceptance social media accounts

‘You can change it. I’m happier with my body now than I’ve ever been and I’m the biggest I’ve been in a long time.”

Many commenters praised Leah for sharing her experience while revealing that they had similar experiences.

One person wrote: ‘I lost 8 to. I got to 11.5st and had a belly. He still hated me. Got 3rd to 16. Happier than I’ve ever been. I can actually eat normally now.”

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“I could have written it. Had band, lost 8.5, had TT. I hated that my body was emptied, I felt so much better at 16,” said another.

A third added: ‘Wow, I couldn’t agree more, I’m 47 now in menopause on HTT, I’ve had a hard belly but I understand I need to work on myself.’

A stream of commenters claimed they could relate to Leah's experience as they continued to dislike their own bodies after surgery

A stream of commenters claimed they could relate to Leah’s experience as they continued to dislike their own bodies after surgery

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