Last year, Mama June Shannon revealed her terrific weight loss success on TV. She managed to lose 460 pounds in only several months. While this was certainly a big achievement, it wasn’t an easy one either. Mama June had to undergo several surgical procedures, which were preceded by years of hard work, obstacles and setbacks.
In order to follow Mama June’s new look and her full weight loss journey, we have to begin back in 2012 when she first entered the limelight with her daughter, Alana Thompson. Mother and daughter starred in the reality show Toddlers in Tiaras. The pair were a hit, and they would later get their own spin-off series titled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” that would last for four years.
Mama June’s desire to lose weight began shortly before the end of her spin-off series. She had only recently broken up with her ex, “Sugar Bear” and felt that she needed to turn her life around. This was around July 2015, and this was the driving force behind her desire to lose weight as quickly as possible. Mama June began working with a celebrity trainer, and lost 60 pounds through exercise. Following the end of her spin-off, she had managed to go from a size 28 to a size 16. Things were going according to plan, and for a time, it seemed as though Mama June was actually turning her life around without the help of surgery or any invasive cosmetic procedures.
Unfortunately, Mama June eventually hit a wall, and was forced to consider surgical procedures to help her overcome these obstacles. This was around May of 2016. In order to overcome the plateau, Mama June had to get a gastric sleeve, but that only worked temporarily. She then hit yet another plateau, prompting her trainer to step in and help her lose more weight. She underwent more weight loss surgical procedures.
In August of 2016, Mama June was introduced to Doctors Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow, the celebrity doctors on “Botched.” She consulted them on how to remove the excess skin off her body, which was left over after her rapid weight loss.According to Mama June, the doctors removed nine pounds of skin off of her stomach, a pound on each arm, and half a pound of her neck, but it didn’t end there. After removing her excess skin, Mama June then had to undergo a breast lift as well as a tummy tuck sometime in November 2016. She later followed up with other operations for her neck, arms and chin in December.
Mama June reported that the cost of all her operations exceeded about $50,000, all of which came out of her own pocket. Despite the high cost of the procedures, Mama June made it clear that she was “very happy” about the work, and that she got what she wanted. She then concealed herself from the public for the next few months in preparation for her big reveal on TV.
Mama June’s new look debuted to the world in March 2017. She revealed her weight loss in an episode of “From Not to Hot,” and the audience got a good look of the end result of her surgeries. In April, people began to see more and more of her publicly. In those days, she was often seen dressed in work-out clothes, sneakers and hoodies. She looked very different than her old self. She started giving more interviews, most of which covered her life before and after her surgeries, her motivations, and the challenges that she faced along the way. In one interview, Mama June opened up about herself and her ex, admitting that although their split may have helped motivate her to lose weight and get fit, she no longer cares about his opinions on her new look.
Mama June expressed numerous times her commitment to maintaining her new weight, but also admitted that it will be a difficult process. She had fallen back to unhealthy habits before, and such relapses could bring back her previous weight problems. “I will do whatever it takes,” she said, expressing her commitment to “never” go back to her previous life. She also stressed that she doesn’t want to undergo cosmetic surgery ever again. Looks like Mama June’s new look is here to stay.