Excess Skin for lower back

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    Sep 18, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    Hey everyone,

    Ok so...for 17 years I was an overweight kid...there is no getting around that. My peak was 200 pounds and I was a 42' waist. So after being teased horribly, I snapped. Went through a horrible anorexic phase and lost 60 pounds in 4 months and now I have a 30' waist. Stupid I know but whats done is done.

    So had tons of loose skin and worked on it for three years and it did change, but not like how I wanted. I was all against surgery and did what I could. I talked to two surgeons, a doctor, people who had a tummy tuck, personal trainers I worked with, and nutrition professor...so I did a lot of research. I am an incredibly healthy eater (i have issues with bad foods) and work out regularly. So August 2nd I got a tummy tuck which I hated spending the money but it needed to be done. I wasn't happy with the skin.

    My stomach doesn't look 'great' right now but I know the swelling will go down with time and get back into real lifting. My only concern is my lower back. It is weird...like a half 'loose muffin top'. I am just wondering what exercises will help with it...i really dont want to get surgery for it and I haven't grown since I was 16 so it isnt like im going to 'grow' out of it.

    I am an avid runner and do some lower back stuff for it but any tips for the lower back area would be awesome.

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    -Alex

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    Sep 19, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Depends on the elasticity in your skin, honestly. It may return on its own or may not... everyone is different.

    I assume the surgeons didn't give you an answer you liked? Or are you just against surgery as a rule...
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    I would say give it a little bit to heal though once it has been awhile and if it has not gone away I would say talk to the Doctor who preformed it more than often they have excatly the infromation you need that well be more efficient than those who are just avaid excersise enthusiest. I do however find it strange that they didnt porvied that information for you when you were leaving but who knows why they didnt.
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    Sep 20, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    Well before i got the tummy tuck my surgeon gave me the option to take care of the lower back area as well but it would have been double the cost and i couldn't afford it and i reeeallly dont want another scar/dealing with that recovery time.

    My surgeon told me to wait a year until i decide on any other surgery.

    I was just wondering if there was alternatives for that area that i can work on. Like it isnt bad but it annoys me. I know my stomach will be flat and tight soon which is good but yea...extra skin blows haha.
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    Sep 20, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    So, I just went through this too. Lost ~90 pounds, went from 44 waist to 34. I'm a few weeks past my tummy tuck (Aug 12, for me). I love my lower ab region in the front but DAMN is that muffin top you're talking about there, too. My swelling is worse on the sides, though.

    Some of you below asked why his surgeon didn't tell him about this. I experienced the same thing, a little, and my thought now is this: They didn't stress it or spend a lot of time on it, no, but I heard what I wanted to hear. I was focused on what would be cut away and not what the after would be like. They didn't hide anything, but when you are thinking about "I'm going to have my gut removed! Woot!" you don't think too much about the form you sign that says "post-surgery effects include swelling."

    Some time spent (ok, a LOT of time) on the Internet after the surgery showed that the swelling lasts for months. Months. And this makes it very hard to judge the efficacy of a lot of the body changes. In my case, they cut a 5 pound piece of skin and fat off of me, and I want that "WOW" moment, but... it takes time. People's experiences seem pretty uniform: Swelling is bad at first, takes weeks to even start to go down. I also saw a few places where people said they had "heard" (so take it for what's worth) that weeks 3 - 5 are the worst.
    We have to wait months to be able to see the "final" results, really, and what we can see is swollen and lumpy. I hate it too, but... It is what it is. icon_neutral.gif
    I'm going to spend those months doing as much cardio and toning as I can so the "new me" (cliche, but whatever) can emerge as the swelling fades.

    Last, what you seem to be talking about is spot reduction, frankly. There is no way to target fat loss just in one spot (lower back region), as I am sure you know, and the loose skin and stuff you (we) are dealing with now just has to go away with time.

    Here's to waiting! Boy does it suck.
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    Sep 20, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    Looking at your frame, man, if you don't want any more surgery I would just recommend putting on as much muscle as you can. I used to be overweight as well and my arms were flabby with extra skin for a while, but the problem resolved itself by getting bigger arms. I think a bigger back and a bigger butt might make the problem solve itself.
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    Sep 20, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    I wonder if building up the lats, the glutes, and toning the spinal erectors as much as possible might help?
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    @prime.

    Hey man, thanks for the support and information. Its refreshing to know someone here went through the same thing as me. You look great dude and hopefully we both reach our goals soon!

    @larkin and bsheets

    Yea thats what I've been thinking. I am getting back into my normal workout routine. I got back into my running and some lifting and light leg/core work. Probably gunna be another week or so until I am able to do a real lifting plan.
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    Sep 21, 2011 9:03 AM GMT
    This is totally derailing your thread, but how painful was the tummy tuck operation. Did your insurance cover it?

    How long was the recovery to where u could return to work?

    I do agree with Larkin too that you should just go put muscle on and get jacked, you'd def fill out dude. You are 5-8 so u put on 25lbs of muscle u should fill that skin out.

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    Sep 21, 2011 12:40 PM GMT
    The operation itself wasn't painful but then again...didn't feel any of it haha. I was in the operation room, the good doctor put anesthesia in me, i closed my eyes, i literally woke up in the recovery room. I was at the hospital from 6:30am and was home a bit before noon.

    First day i didnt feel much pain because i still had the drugs in me and was woozy. The first week was the worst. I was incredibly sore and draining every couple of hours. Had to sleep sitting down. It was a pain in the ass.

    Second week came around and my posture was getting better and better and drains were out. Still sore if I moved a certain way and halfway into the second week i was back walking on the treadmill.

    Middle of the third week, I was on the elliptical and started doing light weights.

    So now, over a month later, I feel no pain unless i go for a big run, do a lot of core work, or if the weather is hot.

    Insurance did not cover the procedure at all. I worked all summer for it. The only thing insurance paid for was my antibiotic and painkiller i needed. Other then that, I worked 50+ a week. I was working front desk at a gym, had a paid internship (which was awesome), subbed for spin when i could, and babysat/housesat when I could.

    The way I set everything up, i basically took the month of August off but could easily have gotten back to work within two weeks. I just needed a break and recover from the surgery plus i went on vacation.

    After the new fucking tax the procedure came out to be $5600 because my surgeon only had to take off skin (about 1.5 pounds), and didnt need to do lipo because i had no fat really and didnt need to do the muscle work because i didnt have a baby haha.