How to get rid of excess skin without surgery?

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    May 31, 2008 6:47 PM GMT
    One day after working out, I met this young guy in early twenties that lost over 100 lbs in a few months. He looked great until I noticed that his skin was hanging off him. Kinda like he was wearing a wet t-shirt that was five sizes too large.

    I mentioned my observations to one of the contestants for the 2006 show of the "Biggest Loser". He mentioned that many people opt for surgery. However, there is another way to tighten the loss skin. He said "Drinking plenty of water, taking a multi-vitamins, especially E, and use a skin moisturizer. This should help the skin to tighten up".

    My question: Does this non-surgical approach really work?


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    May 31, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    It does work, but the catch is that it takes time. Skin naturally has elasticity, and over time can decrease because of a number of factors: lack of meeting nutritional needs, dehydration and unstable weight loss.

    As we get older, our elasticity decreases, but it's still there. By keeping the body hydrated and making sure that we take our vitamins, over time, our elasticity will get back to normal and the skin will shrink back.

    There are over the counter skin moisturizers that help with this that contain cocoa butter and aloe. Surprisingly, the one product that comes to mind, and I can't remember the name of it, is for pregnant females to treat the stretch marks from pregnancy.
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    May 31, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    ChicGymGeek saidIt does work, but the catch is that it takes time. Skin naturally has elasticity, and over time can decrease because of a number of factors: lack of meeting nutritional needs, dehydration and unstable weight loss.

    As we get older, our elasticity decreases, but it's still there. By keeping the body hydrated and making sure that we take our vitamins, over time, our elasticity will get back to normal and the skin will shrink back.

    There are over the counter skin moisturizers that help with this that contain cocoa butter and aloe. Surprisingly, the one product that comes to mind, and I can't remember the name of it, is for pregnant females to treat the stretch marks from pregnancy.


    Actually skins elasticity can't "go back" to normal. You can help it to an extent be once it is lost or decreased you can only slow the process down. If we could change it then there would be no need for plastic surgery and Kenny Rogers would still look like he should LOL.
    The main thing is to take care of your skin from this point on. Diet will help but it will not cure it all when it is so great as 100 lbs of weight loss. Drink water, moisturize, wear sunscreen and get your vitamins.....YAY!
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    May 31, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    Chizzad said[quote][cite]ChicGymGeek said[/cite]It does work, but the catch is that it takes time. Skin naturally has elasticity, and over time can decrease because of a number of factors: lack of meeting nutritional needs, dehydration and unstable weight loss.

    As we get older, our elasticity decreases, but it's still there. By keeping the body hydrated and making sure that we take our vitamins, over time, our elasticity will get back to normal and the skin will shrink back.

    There are over the counter skin moisturizers that help with this that contain cocoa butter and aloe. Surprisingly, the one product that comes to mind, and I can't remember the name of it, is for pregnant females to treat the stretch marks from pregnancy.


    Actually skins elasticity can't "go back" to normal. You can help it to an extent be once it is lost or decreased you can only slow the process down. If we could change it then there would be no need for plastic surgery and Kenny Rogers would still look like he should LOL.
    The man thing is to take care of your skin from this point on. Diet will help but it will not cure it all when it is so great as 100 lbs of weight loss. Drink water, moisturize, wear sunscreen and get your vitamins.....YAY![/quote]

    Okay, so now I'm nervous. I weigh in at about 250 (about 24% bodyfat) my ultimate goal weight is 180. Will I start having loose skin and lookin' like a shar pei dog????

    -Den
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    May 31, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    It is possible but that is way better than being fat! Just replace some of that fat with muscle and drink lots and lots of water!
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    May 31, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    Chizzad saidIt is possible but that is way better than being fat! Just replace some of that fat with muscle and drink lots and lots of water!


    Hmmmm...I wonder if I can sue Sonny's BBQ and have them pay for the surgery? ;-)

    -PlasticDen
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    May 31, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    Haha all questions that should be asked before getting heavy LOL.icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 01, 2008 12:40 AM GMT
    Chizzad saidHaha all questions that should be asked before getting heavy LOL.icon_twisted.gif


    Dude, no one plans to get heavy. I can't speak for anyone but myself, but it just happened. I saw a picture of myself one day and thought, Holy shit? is that me??? All of me???

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not making excuses. I was bodybuilder in my early 20's then I went into powerlifting, then Ijust got burned out on the gym and quit...of course, I was still conditioned to eat every 2 hours, but I was eating McD's, BK, Tacobell....blah! Gettin' sick just thinking about it.

    I ballooned all teh way up to 323lbs. So getting down to 252 is a pretty good start. Plus, I'm pretty fit for my size. I've run, swim, bike, do yoga, weightlift, etc. etc.

    I'm eating healthy and working out so whatever I look like is what I look like. However, given the choice, I'd rather be a fit 252lbs than look like a shar pei.

    -Den
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    Jun 01, 2008 8:01 AM GMT
    1stly, don't worry about what guys have to say about being fat, or having xtra skin, if 1) they aren't medical professionals, and/or 2) if they have never experienced being over weight. And I mean, not just 20lbs overweight. If they think they can offer you an opinion or comment on what is better for you, (excess skin vs. fat for example) they are clearly speaking out of their a$$!!!

    My only advice to you, since you are the perfect place to start losing the weight is this. Cardio can be your best friend, its how I lost my first 30 to 60lbs. relatively quickly. BUT...and please head this caution, do NOT do high impact cardio. So no running, or jogging, or anything that will make you to hit the ground hard. that will cause your fat to bounce....which sounds funny but it is true. This will cause the fat under your skin to start to stretch the skin out as it moves up and down. In turn, losing fat, at the same time as having the fat make you stretch the skin, will cause the stretch marks and extra skin. Fear gravity's pull!!! ;-)

    Ex cerises like swimming, stepper, low interval cardio, and don't ever underestimate good old fashioned WALKING!!!..... where there isn't a lot of "bounce" will help, not eliminate, but help decrease the chance, or at least, amount of potential excess skin.

    The rest goes without saying, water, vitamins....that goes for all and everyone.

    And, obviously, you cannot have a full workout regime, or true impact on weightloss without a better eating lifestyle - (purposely chose not to use the word diet), and weight training.

    I use this example with women, but it's reigns true....A pear shape will always be a pear shape, maybe a smaller pear with cardio, but with weight training, you can be a, well, whatever better fruit or veg shape you want to be.

    I hope this rant/two cents of mine help u, or anyone willing to read. this comes from experience, not just hot air on stuff I think I may know.

    You can lose the weight, but not the baggage, and the excess skin may unfortunately, always be that constant reminder.
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    Jun 01, 2008 10:56 AM GMT
    I want to thank you for the comments. I am glad to read that everyone pretty much confirms what I was told.