A reporter live-tweeted the fascinatingly gross skin-removal surgery of a man who lost 650 lbs.

A reporter live-tweeted the fascinatingly gross skin-removal surgery of a man who lost 650 lbs.
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On Tuesday morning, New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall sat in on Paul Mason's skin-removal surgery.

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Hey, do you want to know what a bunch of skin detached from a human body looks like? Then I have some Tweets for you! On Tuesday morning, New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall sat in on a skin-removal surgery for a NYT piece — but she also live-tweeted the process.

According to Lyall, four plastic surgeons worked on Mason to remove "a huge apron of skin" and then reattach his blood vessels.

All of that 24 lbs of skin came from Mason's midsection.

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Lyall's last Tweet from the surgery noted that, unfortunately, the skin removed during the surgery cannot be used again — for example, it can't be donated to someone who needs a skin graft.

If you're not feeling too squeamish already and want to understand more about plastic surgery, Dr. Michael Kelly at Miami Plastic Surgery has a "webcast series" where he posts videos of actual surgeries, walking viewers through step-by-step so they can see what happens. For example, here's a tummy tuck:

And if you are feeling too squeamish and need something to distract you, here's a slow loris holding a toy and getting brushed:

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