“She had a gastric sleeve back in May of 2015, and then she slowly started losing weight, and the reason she got the gastric sleeve was because she was at a plateau — she couldn’t lose any weight,” June’s sister Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Shannon, told Entertainment Tonight on February 22. “And then it came to a point where the trainer had to step in because she got to another plateau with the gastric sleeve and wasn’t losing any more weight.”
A gastric sleeve is a surgical procedure where a small stomach “sleeve” is created using a stapling device while the rest of the stomach is removed.
Once Mama June began to lose the weight, however, she encountered another problem: the leftover excess skin. “Her stomach started looking gross,” Pumpkin said. “It was hanging from where she had lost so much weight, and her arms and her chin, so she got the skin on her stomach removed.”
June’s 17-year-old sister revealed that the reality star also had her breasts downgraded to look their best with her new body. “She got her boobies done,” Pumpkin revealed. “She got them from a 44 long to 36 up.”
“It is very hard because Mama, she is a very stubborn person, and she wants to do everything,” Pumpkin continued. “She’s like, ‘All right, I’ve got to go to the store,’ and we’re like, ‘Mama, no, you need to stay in the house because if somebody gets a picture with you’ … Even if she does go out, she has to be, like, suited up.”
In an interview with Us Magazine last year, Mama June’s other daughter, Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell, said that losing all that weight has greatly increased the matriarch’s self-confidence. “I think it made her more confident with herself because I know how she was, but she was still confident even though being overweight,” she told Us. “But I think she’s more into it now because she can wear blue jeans and she can wear all the clothes and stuff like that, and before she couldn’t do that.”