If you're relatively young, some or most of the skin can snap back within a year or two. The main factors are your genetics, how far the skin was stretched, and for how long. Losing weight quickly doesn't actually cause loose skin. If that were true, then the sudden weight loss caused by giving birth would give all women loose skin. Much of the loose skin people get is actually new skin cells - a process exploited by surgeons through tissue expansion: www.plasticsurgery.org/Reconstructive-Proc edures/Tissue-Expansion.html Unfortunately new skin cells don't go away without surgery. But give it 2 years before deciding on surgery, to see if the appearance improves with time.
You might be able to fill in some of the looseness on your arms and legs with muscle, though strength training. Around the abs, not so much, since the abdominal muscles are thin and aren't capable of much growth. Regardless, it's still good to do a full-body strength training routine.
Oh, and congrats on your weight loss!
Edited by: CHERIMOOSE at: 2/7/2013 (15:32)
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2/7/13 10:49 A
I am having the same issue. I do not like my arms.
I think some of it is surely luck. I lost 100 lbs and had no loose skin. I averaged 1 lb/week weight loss and would not want to lose any faster than that as faster than 1 lb/week is more likely to leave you with loose skin. I also did heavy weight lifting during the time I was losing weight and I believe that really helped.
If you lost weight quickly than yes, you probably will have loose skin.
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the amount of loos skin that I have - yeah. the more I lose the more I have. my stomach might go down a LITTLE bit with weight loss, at my weight, any weight loss will help. but I have massive amounts of loose skin. loos skin and tons of fat that won't go away on my upper arms (no matter how much i lose, my upper arms WON"T disappear. loose skin on my back, tons between my thighs and tons on my belly. mostly from childbirth and now its increasing from weight loss.
for me - its primarily genetics. my mom had tons of loose skin. drastic amounts of weight loss isn't able to tighten for me, for my mom, grandma, etc. in MOST not all my relatives, its common for the women.
but I hope and my dream is that when I'm done and I'm older and I've lost weight, to get a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and get small amounts of loose skin and fat removed from my hips, back, sides of breasts, upper arms, thighs, etc.
that's what I want. plus it'll make me feel comfortable. between my weight and loose skin i feel like a bloated water balloon that can't always get comfortable.
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I am one of those unlucky ones as well :( I need a tummy tuck from my pregnancy :(
Im having the same problem, wish it would shrink back up but I guess Im unlucky
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46,222 2/6/13 5:18 P
As to how your skin responds depends on so many factors--genetics, age, amount of weight you need/have lost, speed of weight loss, etc. Just know that weight loss tends to occur at much faster rate than your body has time to adapt to so it may just take some time.
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9,692 2/6/13 5:15 P
Losing extra skin is about genetics, age, and the speed of your weight loss. Exercising can help, as does staying hydrated, but realistically, it's a bit of the luck of the draw when it comes to whether or not you can get rid of it without surgery.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/6/2013 (17:15)
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2/6/13 4:28 P
I know this is gross but do you have a lot of extra skin? My doctor doesn't think I have a lot of it but that's only because he doesn't want to let me have a tummy tuck.
Will I be able to shrink it with exercise?
Do you have it? if not, how did you make it go away?
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