Abdominal loose skin

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    Apr 18, 2013 6:30 AM GMT
    I have been dealing with this issue for a few yrs now. I was a fat kid growing up. Would eat anything insight. When i went to college i lost alot of weight and the result of that is loose skin below the waistline. When i keep my pants above that waistline nobody can tell but i know. Anyway i tried to lean out many many times but its not fat so when i do the rest of my body gets rail thin but the ab issue is still there. At one pt in my life i cut so low trying to get rid of it that my spine and other bones started showing. It feels like at this pt in time i need to bulk but do a clean bulk and not worry about the stomach because the muscle will fill in and take care of it. Am i right on that because it seems like nothing will help this besides a surgery . Has anybody else had this issue after weightloss. I want to stop worrying about it and just build muscle.Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  • Mark87

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    Apr 18, 2013 8:00 AM GMT
    I have alot of loose skin that I hope will take care of itslef the fitter I get
  • Fable

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    Apr 18, 2013 2:04 PM GMT
    maybe get a tummy tuck to remove it?
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    Apr 18, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    its the hardest part to get rid of. I have abs of steel under my 4lb belly... lol.
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    Apr 18, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    This is why I will never lose too much fat or get a six pack. If I ever did, my tummy area would end up looking like a saggy old cunt for sure icon_lol.gif
  • He_Man

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    Apr 18, 2013 5:14 PM GMT
    Depending on how bad the excess skin is, you could always get abdominoplasty. The only problem is that the scar sometimes is just as unsightly as the excess skin.

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    I knew this one guy who had the abdomioplasty surgery done, and because he didn't like the scar, he got a barbed wire tattoo around his abdomen over the scar to hide it. It really looked cool.


    I think this would be a cool tattoo to cover an abdominal scar, minus the butterfly, tho:

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    Apr 18, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    The amount of skin you can take up is governed by a number of factors - How long you were overweight, how fast you lost the weight, your genetics, etc. Typically, you take up the vast majority of the skin you can reabsorb by 18 months after the initial loss (according to the plastic surgeon at Vanderbilt who eval'd me). After that, your body will continue to take up skin VERY SLOWLY over time. However, it will be so slow that you will be entering old age sagging before it will all be gone, if you have a large amount after that 18 month point.

    Sadly, there is nothing to do except have the surgery. But, as stated above, you MUST go to a reputable surgeon who has experience in these kind of surgeries. They are not common plastic surgery or a tummy tuck. If there is an university bariatric surgery center near your home, I would suggest getting in contact with them to see who they recommend for their patients post loss. It's your body, be damned picky about it.

    And, even more rare but around, are those experienced enough in male muscle augmentation surgeries (implants) who can minimize the scaring or try to put it below a poser level. The scar is unavoidable, but a good, experienced surgeon who deals with athletic males, gives you the best chance of success.
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    Apr 18, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    thanks guys appreciate the help, its one of things i cant diet away at least i can hide it. I think the best choice for me is to just get big and ignore it. I mean it could be much worse. I can offset that minor imperfection by concentrating on the things i can change, rather than continously beat myself up over that minor imperfection
  • FRE0

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    Apr 19, 2013 6:52 AM GMT
    Fortunately, I've never had excess adiposity so I've never had a problem with loose skin. However, I'm beginning to have a problem with wrinkled skin, but I suppose that after living for 3/4 of a century, there is nothing that can be done about it. It's just something I'll have to live with even though I don't like it.
  • Mark87

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    Apr 19, 2013 7:34 AM GMT
    Yeah I've lost 80 and plan tO lose 20 more. Not the best looking prospects for a flat stomach
  • Beeftastic

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    Apr 19, 2013 9:09 AM GMT
    Yes, I have some. I actually look a better with a bit of extra belly weight because of it. Its' not as noticable. I have consulted with a doctor about the surgery. I don't think I would do it. It's considered major surgery, and is very painful, hard to recover from, and can have many complications, the least of which is a big scar. No thank you on that, I'll just love myself warts and all.
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    Apr 20, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    When I was about 40 I lost 60 lbs in five months (down to 171) and had absolutely no loose skin (or stretch marks).

    Then I regained the weight and then some.

    At about 50 I lost 80 lbs in 18 months (down to 181 at the same bodyfat levels as 171) and I have some loose skin (still no stretch marks). I was told by "inexperts" (trainers, gym rats) that what was left would disappear over time if I kept the weight off and built up my abs. Stay tuned!
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    Apr 20, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    What you could have there is liquid retention! Thats why no matter how much you diet its there, liquid retention does not go away like fat does.
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    Apr 22, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    Your story is nearly the same as mine. I was a fat kid from about age 6 til 17. Went to college, started exercising and eating better, and dropped weight. Depending on how overweight you were, how long you were overweight, the age at which you were overweight, and how fast you lost the weight can affect the severity of the perpetual flat tire (as I like to call it) around the abdomen.

    It seems surgery might be your only option.
  • Beeftastic

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    Apr 23, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    When I feel bad about it I call it my wattle. Though it's really quite minor.

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    Apr 24, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    you know your loose skin is BAD when your tits, taint and tummy hit the ground before your hands and knees....from the voice of experience....and 240 pound weight loss...
  • Mark87

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    Apr 25, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
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    May 02, 2013 2:03 PM GMT
    mike34 saidI have been dealing with this issue for a few yrs now. I was a fat kid growing up. Would eat anything insight. When i went to college i lost alot of weight and the result of that is loose skin below the waistline. When i keep my pants above that waistline nobody can tell but i know. Anyway i tried to lean out many many times but its not fat so when i do the rest of my body gets rail thin but the ab issue is still there. At one pt in my life i cut so low trying to get rid of it that my spine and other bones started showing. It feels like at this pt in time i need to bulk but do a clean bulk and not worry about the stomach because the muscle will fill in and take care of it. Am i right on that because it seems like nothing will help this besides a surgery . Has anybody else had this issue after weightloss. I want to stop worrying about it and just build muscle.Any advice would be greatly appreciated


    UGH... I too have this problem, and sadly there isn't much you can do the older you get; that is because as we age our skin loses it's elasticity, which is why as we get older even the fit folks skin sags and wrinkles.

    That being said, depending on how much you need to tighten, there are a few things you can try.

    1) Use a sea-salt scrub when showering - Dead skins ceills remaining on the skin will prevent new healthier skin from forming. A scrub will help to break down the dead skin and allow new healthier 'tighter' skin to grow. (Don't go overboard)

    2) Find a decent lotion with centella asiatica or another hydrating element. I use Jergens and it seems to work well.

    3) Find a decent body Oil. They body Oil will essentially do the same as the lotion, but from what I've learned it stays moist a bit longer than the lotion, and in my opinion makes the skin feel a bit more toned.

    4) Have patience. You won't solve this problem over night. It will take many many years for your skin to return to a more 'natural state' and you may never see all the loose skin disappear.

    5) Do NOT tan. When you tan you body breaks down the cellulose which will cause your skin to sag. I know; it sucks, but it's true. I always use a lotion to re-hydrate after tanning.
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    May 04, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    He_Man saidDepending on how bad the excess skin is, you could always get abdominoplasty. The only problem is that the scar sometimes is just as unsightly as the excess skin.

    b-case17557A.jpg

    I knew this one guy who had the abdomioplasty surgery done, and because he didn't like the scar, he got a barbed wire tattoo around his abdomen over the scar to hide it. It really looked cool.


    I think this would be a cool tattoo to cover an abdominal scar, minus the butterfly, tho:

    5327496259_c18f1b149d.jpg


    honestly the two pics look equally as bad yeah i think id better just try my luck and see if it will go back
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    May 04, 2013 12:57 PM GMT
    Had the same problem, still here a bit. Lucky I lost weight when I was 16, so My skin could shaped it back.
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    May 04, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    Miami_Titan saidWhat you could have there is liquid retention! Thats why no matter how much you diet its there, liquid retention does not go away like fat does.


    Will a basic creatine monhydrate decrese water retention
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    May 04, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    mike34 said

    honestly the two pics look equally as bad yeah i think id better just try my luck and see if it will go back


    I'd rather take the scar and NOT have to deal with a perpetual muffin-top hanging over my jeans, IMO. I was a fat kid growing up, and lost my weight at age 18. I've kept it off for the past 7 years, but the flat tire will not respond to any diet or exercise regimen I throw at it.

    Here's one more thing to consider. The flat tire around your abdomen can also be excess adipocytes (fat cells). When someone gains weight and becomes obese, the increase in mass occurs two ways: hypertrophy (individual fat cells grow bigger as they store more fat) and hyperplasia (the number of fat cells increases). When you lose weight, you burn the stored calories from your fat cells (ie - you reverse the effects of hypertrophy), but you can't lose the extra fat cells that you gained from hyperplasia. That's fat mass that you cannot lose with diet or exercise - you'll need lipo to remove it.

    Those are my extra $0.02 since I spend a lot of time thinking about this icon_redface.gif
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    May 04, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    Make the muscles bigger in areas you have loose skin. You can't spot reduce fat, but you can spot gain muscle icon_smile.gif Muscle is gained by progressively adding resistance. Muscle goes away when you don't do the same resistance anymore (body has no need to keep it). If you're doing body weight crunches still, that's probably your issue.

    Your height and weight are fine. Everyone has skin on their belly when sitting down. Honestly you look fine. Maybe just reevaluate your expectations. If you are comparing yourself to someone who is in a magazine/internet etc, these people take a lot of drugs and are airbrushed.
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    May 09, 2013 11:10 AM GMT
    i noticed that with certain supplements any kind of fiber supplement or muscle building supplement besides basic protein etc i bloat and my stomach inflates for a few days. Could i possibly be allergic to those supps.
  • Kalbi

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    Jun 02, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    I'm dealing with the same thing and to be honest, it's been a depressing experience. You grow up fat and are ridiculed for it, you try to get fit and hopefully get rid of that baggage growing up, once you get near your goal, you see possibility of loose skin, and all that baggage returns icon_sad.gif.

    I will say that the more BF I lost, the more my skin tightened up. It used to hang all around my sides when I was at 16% BF, and that part miraculously tightened up when I got to 13%. I still have fat in my belly that I want to keep getting until it can get as tight as possible, and then re-evaluate for surgery.

    I do exfoliate and use coconut oil every morning all over my body. My skin is crazy soft as a result (people love to touch my arms because it's like baby skin soft). I can't say if it helped or not (since there could be a million factors), but it's what I've been doing and so far so good.