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A New York Times Reporter Is Live-Tweeting The Skin Removal Surgery Of A Guy Who Lost 650 Pounds

And the photos are fascinatingly gruesome. Medical science is pretty neat! WARNING: Graphic images.

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Sarah Lyall, reporter for The New York Times, had a particularly educational assignment on Tuesday...observing and live-tweeting the skin-removal surgery of a man who lost 650 pounds.

I am in the Lenox Hill OR, where Paul Mason, who lost 650 pounds, is having huge folds of loose skin removed.

And the images she's been uploading would leave even fans of The Knick slack-jawed.

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Seriously, it's pretty intense.

Rags used to mop up the blood in the surgery.

So very, very much blood.

As Lyall points out, it's a tricky and messy procedure.

One problem is the extraordinary amount of blood vessels that need to be cut and sutured or stapled.

The surgeons get to work on the next area, Paul mason's right leg.

Painstaking, labor-intensive, and necessarily violent.

(This one is particularly graphic): Excess skin, still attached to leg, the next part to be removed.

We have to agree with Lyall on this one:

Sorry for graphic images! This is such an extraordinary thing and these surgeons are amazing.

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Gavon Laessig at gavon@buzzfeed.com.

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