How to tighten loose skin after weight loss

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    May 25, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    Any suggestions that have worked for you? Specifically referring to the midsection over the lower abs.
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    May 25, 2011 8:18 AM GMT
    Grab a handful of loose skin and pull as hard as you can. That'll tighten it. icon_razz.gif
    Other than that, I don't know other than time or surgery.
    I lost the weight slowly and put on some muscle, so the skin had time to readjust to the smaller size.
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    May 25, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    Don't know how it's done but a daily/nightly massage helps the circulation and could help the skin contract.
  • iHavok

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    May 25, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    Centrifugal force.
    Nice alternative to surgery.


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  • Timbales

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    May 25, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    There are skin firming lotions you can get, but I think the action of applying them is more beneficial. You should also be drinking plenty of water and taking Vitamin E and fish oil supplements to help your skin.
  • Bigolbear

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    May 25, 2011 3:19 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidAny suggestions that have worked for you? Specifically referring to the midsection over the lower abs.


    Slower weight loss won't significantly reduce the amount of loose skin in. If you loose 50lbs over 3 months or if you loose 50lbs over 3 years the skin will tighten up to the same amount. The only difference is that you will be "wearing" looser skin until that 3 year mark. The rate at which you loose the weight doesn't play a factor into the elasticity of the skin. There are other factors at play that include hydration, genetics, and nutritional intake. The older you are the less elasticity you have not factoring in the genetics component.

    I have been part of an online (and at times IRL) community of people who were morbidly obese and who have dropped at least 100lbs over the past four years and this topic is brought up and reviewed ad nauseum. From all the bariatric docs we have met with and from the collective experiences in our group those who lost 100s of pounds slowly and those who lost it quickly you eventually see the same amount of skin reduction over time.

    The only real significant factor that seems to work in reducing the amount of loose skin after it's hit its limit is when you fill what you can with muscle. This holds true for most places except the panniculus which is the hardest to firm up. Also, the suprapubic fat pad (area above the penis) is another pesky area left after significant fat loss. You can't fill that with enough muscle to hide the fat loss, it does shrink quite a bit on it's own and the skin there is quite stretchy, but it doesn't seem to look right on it's own. Most people opt for cosmetic remedies for that.

    Sorry, I'm not trying to come across as a "know-it-all" but I wouldn't want someone who is obese or morbidly obese to think if they loose weight slower they are doing better. The quicker they can safely get their body into a healthier range, the better off they are even when it comes to skin.
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    May 25, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    thermage.
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    May 25, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidAny suggestions that have worked for you? Specifically referring to the midsection over the lower abs.


    This is not for you, right? Cuz you don't need it.

    I would say gain more muscle to fill out where those fats used to be. Alternatively, try mud or seaweed wrap? I think it helps the skin to tighten as well.

    If it is way too much, surgery is the only solution icon_sad.gif
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    May 25, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
    Skin should shrink with time; albeit with stretch marks, but that Shea & Cocoa Butter should help. There are other cosmedic creams designed for stretch marks marketed towards pregnant women which would the trick beautifully ;-)
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    May 25, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
    Creatine loading will help your muscles fill out more and, in turn, make your skin look tighter. Always good if ur about to go on vaca or something.