Maria Parfitt, 30, has been left with a layer of loose skin around her midriff after losing more than half of her total body weight.
Maria has been told by doctors she must wait at least five years to have an operation on the NHS.
If she wants surgery to remove the “deflated balloon” of skin that hangs over her tummy she has to find the money herself.
Maria said: “I have put in the hard work to lose this weight properly and healthily and now I feel like I’m being penalised for it. If I want surgery on the NHS I have to wait five years.
“It’s taken me 18 months to get to where I am now and I want to feel proud of my body but at the moment I can’t.”
Maria, of Aberdare, South Wales, was 28 stone and a size 30 in January 2016 when she decided to make a drastic change and slim down.
She said: “I’d just broken up with my then partner and my confidence was at an all-time low.
“I lived on a diet of sugary cereal with full fat milk, crispy and biscuits, thick buttered bread and fried foods for dinner every night.”
But her life changed when Maria was inspired by one of her colleague’s losing weight.
She said: “I saw how well my work mate had done and felt a pang of jealousy. I knew it was time to make a change.”
She threw out her sweet treats and loaves of white bread and started a healthy eating regime.
With the help of a calorie counting app called Nutracheck Maria started to make better choices.
She said: “I made small changes at first. Instead of having a takeaway twice a week I’d have one a month.
“Day to day I chose to eat low calorie foods so I could have more of them and in time I started to notice a difference.” She also joined her local gym and went a few times a week.
Maria said: “After a few months of real hard work I started to notice changes. My face slimmed down quite quickly and soon my work mates noticed too which spurred me on.” After nine months Maria had lost eight stone and was finally under the 20 stone mark.
It gave her a new confidence and she tried…