I think this is a tough issue. I have been lucky in the past when I lost a lot of weight, my skin shrunk back to something close to NORMAL. I really have tried to lose slowly, take extra special care of the nutrition for skin elasticity and such, and I never know until I am done or nearly done what I will do IF the problem of lots and lots of extra skin presents itself THIS time. Removal is an option but so are some of the other clothing-based ideas. I will see when I get there THIS time as each time seems to be a totally different experience in many ways.
I have lost 170 lbs and am 30 pounds away from goal weight. I actually just schedule the tummy tuck for Nov. 20th. I went to a few different surgeons for a consult...and they all said it was a necessity. Not only is there a skin breakdown underneath the extra skin...but it can lead to more serious problems. The surgeon said that the surgery will remove an estimated 15-20 pounds of skin.
I completely understand your anixety over the loose skin. I chose to have it removed...because I look at it in the mirror and it reminds me of who I USED to be. I have worked my butt off to get to where I am....I want a new start!!
Good job on your incredible journey and I hope the future brings everything you desire!! Stay positive!
It can take time for your skin to re-tighten, though it may never be perfect. I am just beginning my weight loss journey and I'm trying to take good care of my skin hoping to minimize my trouble later. Do whatever you can to keep your skin healthy - moisturize, hydrate, get all the right vitamins etc. Then, if after a while you're still just not happy with how it looks and feels you can consider some sort of cosmetic treatment.
Loose skin or not, it is much healthier to be at a good weight, so I keep losing and just hope it won't be too bad.
Your health and weight results are fantastic! I know what you mean. I have this weird stuff going on with my abdomen skin - same reasons. Don't think I'd ever be happy in a belly revealing outfit, heaven forbid a bikini. I saw a documentary about a woman who had lost 250 lbs or more who had surgery to remove the folds of skin. Drastic, but if it bothers you... She also wore a body suit, like a corset or something, so clothes were smoother. Guess you'll decide how serious it is for you.
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At age 18 I gained 100 pounds rapidly due to medication, going up to 160 pounds. Now I have lost 100 pounds and more. I have lots of stretch marks and just general loose skin. It's hard to be motivated sometimes when I try to be proud of my new slimmer body but I see the folds of skin that are leftover.
I know I look better the way I am now, and I'm definitely healthier, but I am shy and embarrassed about the skin. Does anyone else notice this, and does it interfere with their motivation? I worry that with additional weight loss the loose skin will be even worse.
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