Yes I have had this concern, but I'd rather lose the weight and have excess skin than be overweight. I also heard that the burn center in S.A. will do the surgery to remove excess skin for burn victims for free or at a low cost. I figure if it bothers me that much I can look into donating my excess! Gotta look at the positive!
Congratulations on your weight loss and getting fit and strong. If you're not already doing strength training I'd DEFINITELY add that in at this point. I have no scientific information on its effect on loose skin but know that it certainly helps keep your metabolism up which will help you maintain your loss. AND you'll look a lot better with muscles than without. In fact, you may even be so pleased with your muscle tone that you'll overlook any excess skin, should that occur :)
I agree with other comments here. Don't borrow worries that may not come about.
I don't have to imagine "if" I'll need that surgery. I'm only 5'1" too, and I started out at nearly 400 pounds. I'm within sniffing distance of Onederland now... and I plan to keep going until I get to about 160 or so, and then on to total body reconstruction surgery. My healthcare team assures me this is a medical necessity, and document every instance of "not normal" they can so my insurance will cover it and not consider it cosmetic (even though that's certainly a part of it). I can't say I'm eager to go through the process...but I am SO miserable in all this tissue that's no longer "me"; I want rid of it so desperately at this point! I've been morbidly obese for so long, and I'm of an age now that there's no hope it will tone up. I've been at this for a few years (nonsurgical), and there's no "toning" happening at all. It's just hanging around (literally) and increasing. I'm not worrying. I'm wishing. Hurry up, already!
As for you, your loss isn't as dramatic in terms of pounds shed that you might not be able to achieve your new body without surgical intervention. Be positive. You're getting healthier. Focus on that, and let tomorrow bring what it brings. It's not going to change the possibility of some kind of body lift whether you fret on it or not. And we all know that stress is a big stumbling block in weight loss. Don't let yourself go there. You're doing great. Focus on your bright future.
Supposedly, if weight is lost gradually & while exercising & doing strength training, it shouldn't be an issue. If it were me, I'd focus on getting fit & eating healthy, then deal with excess skin if it happens.
I'm not really worried about it. I need to lose about 30 total. I think as long as you are losing weight slow and steady (e.g., losing 2 lbs/ week) and eating enough nutrients to support healthy skin, you will be doing all you can to prevent it. Other factors like age, pre-post menopause status, etc. are out of your control. It's not incredibly uncommon for people to worry about those kinds of things, but it's so unproductive. How about worrying about what kind of jeans to buy next in your new size! :) Congratulations
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If you are pre-menapause you are less likely to have saggy skin. Work on toning, lose the weight slowly (you are already doing that) and read up on some success stories of women who have lost a huge amount of weight and have not had the problem of saggy skin. Take your vitamins and get the essential oils you need to keep healthy skin--should be no problem--also don't smoke.
I'm right at menopause so I do worry myself a bit--but losing the weight is always worth it.
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I lost 46 pounds and now my really big problem IS loose skin. But I look hot in size 2's - and wear clothes most of the time. I'm constantly working on toning now. Still totally uncomfortable in bathing suits.... (By the way, I'm not quite 5'1" with tiny bones, so 46 pounds was a huge % of my body weight.)
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I agree not to worry about something that may never happen. Be confident that you are making changes that you will greatly benefit from.
When I was much younger, I use to worry about things like that. I look back and wonder why I wasted so much of my life worrying about things that never happened. Enjoy each day. Breath and work on reaching your goal. Deal with matters as they come up. If a little loose skin is the worst thing that might happen, how lucky you are. Congratulate yourself on the 40 you lost. That is a BIG deal!!!
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If I can lose this weight and end up needing surgery - that will be the best thing that could happen! It would mean I am at a healthy weight!!! A little baggy skin would be a welcome badge of honor!
If you lose the weight slowly, you should not have too much of a problem.
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4,472 1/16/13 10:43 A
worry is interest paid on a debt you don't have!
as far as the loose skin - you may or may not ever have that problem. But even if you do, wouldn't you rather have some loose skin than the extra body weight that definitely takes years off of your life span?
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1 1/16/13 10:22 A
I have lost 40 pounds, and have about 30/35 more or so I'd like to lose to be around 140. I lost the first 40 over the course of about 10 months. As my clothes sizes are dropping, I'm obviously thrilled about that, but I'm becoming worried that I will be left with saggy loose skin and will end up needing surgery for it. I haven't seen it yet, but in the back of my mind it worries me and I can't shake it.
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