Congratulations on your dramatic weightloss and good luck on your continued success! I have gone through a similar situation (from 420 to 180) and have been left with some excess skin as well. Everything you are reading in the previous posts is true from my expereinces and is corroberated by the many surgeons, doctors and specialists I have consulted with.
The absolute best thing for your skin is to start NOW taking care of it...don't wait until you get off all of your weight! You need to be eating high protein, low fat....drinking ALOT of water all the time, EXERCISE...both cardio and weight lifting, frequent and liberal use of skin moisturizing lotions, etc. There are reasons for all of it too. Good nutrition just makes sense for anyone, especially if you have a vital organ trying to repair itself...like your skin. So get your vitamins, minerals, aminos, proteins and everything else, as appropriate for you. WATER... H2O is ESSENTIAL for every function and organ in the body. The body needs extra water to metabolize fats snd proteins for body repair and weight loss. You and I have both going on at the same time. Our water needs are higher than "average". Some may argue this next point, but common medical opinion says that Exercise is critical to weightloss and also helps in the vitality and repair of the body. Cardio and weight lifting; both build muscles and burn calories. They also both enhance the flow of water and nutients to the body and speed the removal of wastes from the body. This is important for anyone trying to loose weight and "heal" an injured organ....like the skin.
There are other options. You need to do your own research to find your own comfort level. I have done some research and talked with several users of GH to tighten up their skin. An unqualified YES, it does work and is almost MIRACULOUS in what it can repair, but once you start, you don't dare stop. The effects are not permanent and you will revert back to your previous loose skin if you miss a few treatments. So if you are comfortable with a lifetime of GH and the expenses of it, etc., it is an option. The people I spoke with told me that most insurance won't cover this treatment, so it is all out of your pocket. The hemmorroid cream really does work! It is very short term, but it will tighten the skin and so will various "mud masks", etc...short term. Try a 50/50 mix of hemmorroid cream and moisturizing lotion. BE VERY careful to not get in your eyes! You may want to consider some
compresion shorts" and some form fitting undershirts to help keep skin in place and reduce "chaffing" of the excess skin until it either is re-absorbed or otherwise handled. I have already gone thru a boat load of "body glide" for chaffing of various body parts. UnderArmour makes good and comfortable "compression under gear" try it out. "Plastic surgery" is also an option and I am researching and being evaluated for this option currently. It is expensive and most of the time not covered by insurance. I have mixed feelings about this, but have again talked to many people that have had this proceedure. The results were spectacular to breath taking! STUNNING results on men and women! The one thing I have been told repeatedly by plastic surgeons and long term patients of 10-15 years, that is in conflict with some of these posts
...the skin has a limit to its ability to rebound and retighten. This ability drops off dramatically after the age of 40 and once you have hit your stable weight and held it for over a year, the body will take upto the next 2 years to fix itself as much as it can. After 2-3 years
it is done and you are as "healed" and "taught" as your body will be without "assistance".
Just a "thumbnail from the far side" of my experiences and research. LOL!
Hope it helps.
Best of HEALTH to you.