Getting rid of skin?

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    Oct 26, 2009 1:19 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    some close mate has lost about 80kg over the last year and now is on a good weight of about 68kg. Yay for him, but he still has the skin from that time and it's literally hanging anyway. He got rather depressed about how his efforts weren't worth anything. Took me a month, but talked him into joining my gym and do some cardio and light workout. The coach there said, he'd have good chances of getting rid of it, but honestly I'm not so sure about that.
    Does anyone here have experience on that matter? Was it a good idea to get my mate's hopes up by making him join the gym? Or do you know a good strategy for that except surgery?

    Cheers
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Oct 26, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
    Hey yeah I'm actually going through that now like I lost 130 lbs and I have extra skin and it's embarrassing So I know how he feels and I do cardo like mother fuck but I'm not seeing any results so I went to talk to a doc and he told me I need to get it surgically removed which sucks but I'm tired of not going to the pool or not taking my shirt off when I'm in the locker room I don't want people staring at me so I try not to change in front of people. But tell him to keep going to the gym and eating right and to go see a Doc and nutritionist to see what they tell him.icon_biggrin.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Oct 26, 2009 2:50 PM GMT
    Me me. I am losing weight, my upper abs, start to show some early sign of stomach muscle, but unfortunately, my excess skin start to show a sadle bag appearence, especially if you see in from the side. I start to lost the thick layer of fat under my chin, but it seem the extra skin start to hang . I no longer young , so my skin are not likely to tighten just like when I was younger.

    I plan to start lifting weight. Probably the bigger chest muscle can fill up the extra skin. I dont know anything about surgery, how much it cost or if it available at all , where I live.
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    Oct 26, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    It'll go away with persistance...

    I went from 91kg to 60kg 38' to 29' jeans, go through bulking cutting cycles and he'll fill it out again with lean tissue. Within a year no sagging across upper body, arms and quads which is relitivlu easy and if you really work hard for 2/3 years you may shift most from your ass and lastly the impossible your abdomen

    until then learn to hide it in those areas grow a bigger chest and arms and tight clothes will fall flat down your abdomen and no one will know until you loose your shirt
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    Oct 26, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
    Generally during weight loss at a healthy rate; your skin will follow along with your bulk. Especially if you do so through excersize. Generally speaking, if you have rapid weight loss through lack of eating, diet pills such as alli, etc. It's too fast for your skin to adapt and hence the abundance of skin. As said above, filling out what excess skin is left is easiest by doing bulking excersizes. Cardio and Kinesthetics will definitely help, however it works over time; whereas bulking excersizes basically trades off muscle for the areas that were once mostly adipose tissue (fat cells). In the end, even after bulking up and replacing most spaces with muscle, there's still going to be excess skin; for instance, in the "impossible" stomach...seeing as fat cells tend to build up around the waist line...muscle does not. That is where the cardio/kinesthetics will definitely do their magic. Also, as interesting as it may be, Massage also helps tighten and tone your skin. Regular relaxation massages such as Swedish, Shiatsu, and other "kneading and pushing" modalities work wonders with the skin. But, as always, it takes time unfortunately.

    As for doctor's opinions, we must all remember that doctors aren't trained in the normal day-to-day functions of the body; they're trained to fight illness. For a better opinion, check with a dermatologist (skin doctor who focuses specifically in that range of study) Other great sources are personal trainers, physical therapists, massage therapists, etc.

    The best of luck to all of you, I hope this helps;

    Dougii
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    Oct 26, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    I have lost 80 lbs and have gone from a 44-46 waist to a 32-33 waist pant. I worked out the whole time to keep my skin toned and it helped I have almost no excess skin and the bit I have only i notice no one else. Light weights and cardio is what did it for me.

    Best of luck.
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    Oct 26, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. Next time he is feeling down I will show him this thread so he knows he's on the right way.
  • JDean

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    Oct 26, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    lost 90 lbs in 3 months, 250 to 160. Luckily light work out and some weight gain has gotten rid of the visual sagging skin, but for the most part it's unnoticable.


    I'm more worried about the stretch marks.... they don't go away :icon_sad.gif
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Oct 26, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    Actually you can lose weight fast if you stop eating junk so it's possible to have extra skin even though you're exercising I have it on my stomach area and some on my lower back. and If you've never done it don't make an opinion icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Oct 26, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    Jd22639 saidlost 90 lbs in 3 months, 250 to 160. Luckily light work out and some weight gain has gotten rid of the visual sagging skin, but for the most part it's unnoticable.


    I'm more worried about the stretch marks.... they don't go away :icon_sad.gif



    Use coco butter.icon_biggrin.gif helps a lot use it for a few months (like 3) to see if it works
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    Oct 27, 2009 2:18 AM GMT
    The vitamin E in some liquid capsules work for stretch marks.
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    Nov 02, 2009 4:17 AM GMT
    it'll depend on the amount of excess skin, if it's minor it'll contract on it's own, however if it is overly excessive it might take a long while or not at all.

    from the sounds of it, it isn't overly excessive, so will probably be gone in a year or so he just needs to look after himself and let his body do it's thing.

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    Nov 02, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    I was in that boat myself, It will take time. Proper nutrition is crucial.
  • Jay_379

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    Nov 03, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
    I also lost 80 lbs and I thought losing the fat would automatically get me a hot body. NOT! It's half way there, but then you have to start tightening up. No way around it but to lift weights to tone the muscle and skin. Cocoa butter and Vitamin E helps with the stretch marks.
  • ShagonTheHate

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    Nov 04, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    As far as I know, surgeons recommend a year or so after losing weight to see if the skin will shrink back, then he can go to surgery. I know it's very very hard and depressingicon_sad.gif but I really would like to ask you to support your friend as much as you can, he should work out for the next year, build muscle, lose fat, I'd also moisturize with natural rosa mosqueta oil because it is supposedly great for skin, perhaps combine it with a few other oils and essential oils. After a year or so, if there's still lots of skin and almost no change, then it's surgery time... But that's my opinion as far as I know, perhaps he should at least consult a plastic surgeon right now just to hear what he has to say. Or perhaps lasers could help him, too... Depends on how much excess skin we're talking about... I wish him all the best and hope it doesn't bring him down too much, appearance is not everything and I have long stopped judging people by their appearance.