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I'm 28 and have lost 90 pounds from last July. I do have some loose skin, but nothing is particularly saggy or strange looking. The most obvious places are my chest area and stomach. Luckily, I'm still fairly young so my skin has a decent amount of natural collagen and elastin (and I'm good to it -- no tanning!).

I have about 30 or so more pounds to reach my goal, but I'm not too overly concerned about loose skin. The key for me has been taking my weight loss slowly and doing a lot of muscle-building exercises. And, ultimately, looking "skinny" is only a very minor side benefit. In fact, knowing about loose skin has actually made my weight loss even healthier - I don't splurge on 3-day "detoxes" that promise that I'll lose 3 pounds per day or ads proclaiming that if I buy their product, I'll lose 20+ pounds in a month. It's too much fat off too quickly, which means loose skin.

Take it slow and steady and don't freak out if you only lose 3-5 pounds in a month... think of it as "body and skin adjustment" time.

If your goals are to be healthy and strong, having some loose skin isn't so important. To me, running in a 10k or half marathon is more of a personal achievement than looking hot in a bikini.

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2/28/14 11:43 P

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I bought one of the red light therapy things, and am tightening things as I go with that and will be adding in high frequency and derma rolling.

I have seen before and after pics for each of those, and they all work some to tighten things, along with firming creams and working out and time, but I read that the subcutaneous fat layer is why some of it hangs and I am wondering about the products that show that layer getting smaller.



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I wish I could lose this weight to find out . And
if I did I don't think my insurance covers cosmetic
surgery. :-(

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There are ways to tighten it at least some.

Google Radio Frequency before and after photos of skin tightening. There are a lot of abs that got tighter.

Derma roller has a few before and after shots, too, but there are only a few shots for that purpose. However, that seems really good at getting rid of the stretch marks and scars and doing some tightening. Red light therapy helps some.

Anything that increases collagen and elastin and the things that decrease subcutaneous fat do help some.

So does losing it slowly and exercising.



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1/18/14 12:00 A

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if you lose alot then yes

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probably depends on your age. I do, but I waited luontil I was 58 to lose 50 #, and never did muscle work. Maybe if you workout hyour arms, and legs that might help.


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It is according to you age and genetics. I am 60, I have lost over 100 pounds, and I do have hanging skin. I take care of my skin as best I can by using shea butter and coco butter. It there is going to be hanging skin I will have to accept it and keep it looking soft. Surgery is not an option for me. Exercising to build muscle will help some. Just love yourself hanging skin and all. At least you are healthier as you lose weight.

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70 lbs down so far without any hanging skin, however, my arms are no longer tight so that might be where I see it in the future.

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1/17/14 8:25 P

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I think it's about age and genetics and how much you have to lose (echoing everyone else). I think I might be ok since I only had about 50lbs to lose, am only 30 (and look to be in my early 20s so probably have genetics on my side) and am losing 1lb a week at most (I think rate of loss matters too).


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I think it depends on:

(a) your age
(b) the amount and type of your workouts while you loose the weight
(c) your genes





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It depends on how much weight you need to lose. A lot of weight, such as 100 lbs or more Yes. Exercise will help tone the muscles under the skin making skin appear firmer, So if a person doesn't have a lot to lose, it may not be as noticable.

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Yes you will have some. But strength train and the addition of muscle will lessen the extra skin so you look toned.

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Skin requires an average of 7 years to completely replace itself so sagging skin should decrease gradually because your skin is a living organ so it will adjust as best it can and eliminate un needed skin. The amount of sagging skin you are left with has a lot to do with heredity, age, your ratio of muscle to fat. Are you building muscle as you lose weight, or is part of your weight loss muscle tissue? There are a lot of thin people who have very little muscle and a lot of fat. Your rate of weight loss also matters. Lotions and balms do not remove sagging skin.

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1/17/14 1:59 P

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this really shouldn't be a major issue, your skin is made to stretch and fit your body. olive oil and coco butter and all that is made to prevent stretch marks and not to take away loose skin. i advice using coco butter as you are on your diet to prevent stretch marks, but don't worry, extra skin goes away with some weight training and time x



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I agree with most of you that are saying it depends..I have been obese all my life. My stomach has always hung so I do not think my losing the wt will make it go away,it just gets flatter and hangs lower. I am 307 lbs and have lost 30 lbs in the last year w/ LOTS to go. I hate the ideal of all the hanging skin I will have but I will decide how to deal with it after I have lost the wt.



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Am below goal weight...will NEVER wear short sleeves, sleeveless tops or shorts again.And I wear size 2. Skin WON'T firm up...exercise every day, lots of lotions, nothing helps. SO frustrated about this. I work so hard to look good.

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This is such an individual issue... so many things contribute!

How much you'll be losing?
Where did you start (pounds)?
Age?
How long were you heavy?
What's your activity level?
How quickly are you losing?

In my case, there is no question about it. I've already got *lots* of hanging skin. It's awful and annoying and a health hazard because "things" love to live in those folds. I'm continually on one kind of preventive or treatment for one thing or another. At one point, I had to resort to (Rx) oral systemic antifungals, since the topical stuff just wasn't strong enough. yuk

But, look at where my weight ticker started. I've lost the equivalent of a pretty large person from my frame already, and I lost the majority of that in the first year or year-and-a-half. I've been fat all my life. I'll be 56 in a few days, and I'm disabled now (unrelated to the weight), so I can't exercise to increase my body tone. All these things have conspired to put me in the shape I'm in. As a previous poster mentioned, way back in the beginning of the thread, I'd rather have hanging skin than hanging fat! amen. Not that I want the hanging skin, either, naturally.

Since this is a medical issue, and not purely cosmetic, I've been assured I would be qualified for a total body reconstruction when I reach goal weight. Unfortunately, in the meantime, I've developed pulmonary issues which would place me at such a risk for anesthesia that I may not be able to do that now. I will be devastated if that turns out to be true! But I can't look forward and "borrow" trouble. Whatever comes at the end, I want the fat *gone* purely for health reasons. I'm sick and done with it now. I'll juggle the aftermath when I'm "after." One step at a time.

I'm very frustrated right now because, although I'm still trickling down in pounds, my measurements don't change. This is because I'm measuring all this skin and empty tissue which I'm still carrying around which isn't truly "me" anymore. I just hate it. I'm trying to just stay focused on the eventual goal, and that I'll be able to shed it surgically, despite other factors. I can't let myself derail from that.

For others expecting to lose lots of weight, all I can say is that doing anything you can to maintain and improve body tone can't be a bad thing. It's healthy for your body systems, even if it doesn't have measurable effect on fat loss (which it doesn't). It may help tighten up any loose skin that develops while you're shedding pounds. Don't let that be your guiding light in why you're doing it, though. You're losing weight to save your health.

I've not been "cosmetically pretty" as a fat person. I *can* be healthy as a "normal" person. If the cosmetics of it aren't those of our idolized version of beauty, it still beats being obese. IMHO.

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1/17/14 12:03 A

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1/16/14 11:33 P

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My mom is nearly 60 and had a very small amount of loose skin when she lost 50 lbs, but then it went away within a year with serious strength training--and time of course.



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The underside of my upper arms is looser than it was. I think it has to do with age as well lost weight. I am working on them.

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i have lost 80 and i do have some but i am 54 yrs old and my skin wont bounce back

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I REQUESTED to my medical specialist to have my medication changed, so I could loose weight. So far I lost 19 pounds in around the past 19 weeks (only because I changed my medication).

What do you suggest I do to avoid and reverse the sagging skin. (I'm sure I'll loose more weight from this medication change.)



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This is something that I've worried about also. I need to lose 78 lbs., and I'm really worried about what my arms and stomach will look like when I'm done. I'm doing arm exercises and trying to tone my belly, while I lose the weight, but I've been overweight for so many years, I don't know if any of this is gonna help. Guess we'll see what happens. emoticon

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I know I will have some in my lower abdomen but I guess that is what I will have to pay for carrying this extra amount of weight for the past 5 years. If I could afford it, I might look into surgery but that is a big "if". My health is more important to me than the vanity. But because I have so much to lose, it might be more problematic for me. I would have to weigh all the risks and make the right decision for me. It isn't the worst thing to have. As I read other posts, it is something to remind you of where you have come and what you have hopefully conquered! emoticon

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Yes, probably. When you're at your goal weight, and confident about maintaining it, you could start thinking about/saving for surgery.

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I lost a great deal of weight and had some loose skin. I had a tummy tuck and am very glad I did. I had been overweight all of my life so I knew no amount of exercise was going to make it go away. I did it for me and only me. Not so I could wear a bikini but so my clothes would fit better. It's a personal decision.

It's kind of funny, my hubby wasn't really in favor before I had it, said I didn't need it, but now he admits he likes the results. emoticon



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ST helped mine to some degree, especially on my arms and thighs, but it's still there. You may never lose the way you look in a bikini without plastic surgery. I wouldn't let it stop you from short sleeves or shorts. I figure my little bit of skin is still more attractive to look at than a lot of the stuff that people put out there these days.

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Many factors take place on this subject.. Are you exercising? Did you loose the weight fast? How old are you? Is this a issue with other family members.
I am 53, have been over weight most of my life. I have lost weight, gained weight, yoyo. I have exercised the majority of my life. I have some saggy skin. But I know I will never look as good as I did when I was in my 20's. I will never have the body I could have had if I'd taken better care of my weight issue.
However, I have accepted who I am at this time in my life. I am glad I'm at the weight I am. But working on loosing more. It depends on your attitude how you feel about yourself and acceptance.

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I LOVE the way I look in skinny jeans, leggings, tucked-in tops, belts...but STILL hate how I look in bathing suits! Can't/won't wear shorts or sleeveless anything -ever. And I only lost 46 pounds to reach my goal for my 5' small-boned body. I wear size 2 now, still track and exercise daily, and still hate the way my skin looks!!!!! I've been at 100 pounds for 13 months...not better yet. Any ideas?

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A lot of factors come into play. Your age is a big one. Also there is a heredity factor on the kind of skin you have. If you lose quickly because of a crash diet or a very low calorie diet not recommended, you are more prone to loose skin. Strength training will help but won't guarantee anything.

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From research that I have done it depends on how fast you lose weight. Having said that watching programs like the biggest looser where that lose 10+ lbs a week you never see hanging skin.

I have lost around 45lbs and I don't think that I have any. I hope there is someone who can add to this.



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I often wonder this too!

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I'm sure it's different for everyone.
I've lost 105 lb. I'm 42 and male.
I tend to think I carried more weight than it appeared. Big legs. Big trunk. Broad shoulders. Most people would underguess how much I weighed. So, I tend to think I maybe faired a bit better than others in terms of loose skin.

I can say, I don't have "any". I can see some just a tad right around the sides of my belly. You can see that crinkly effect, and only if I totally relax, and bend just the right way kind of thing.

I know there's some loose skin in places. It doesn't 'feel' like fat. But, it seems to tighten over time. At least for me.

I think I was 'lucky' in that if I started out just 10? 20? 30? lbs more, I might have had more of an issue with this.

Loose skin should be a trophy. And in cases where it needs/can be removed? Heck. Have a party.



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I have....
but I would rather wiggle a little than waddle a lot

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After losing 70 lbs., I have loose skin, but I'm also getting older, so I'm not sure what's what!

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Depends on how old you are, how much you lose, and how often you have lost and gained. I didn't have the loose skin and hanging the 6 times I lost a lot, but the last time, in my early 60's, the skin did get loose and sag, so I gained some weight back and some of that went away. And yes, if you are younger and have been on this road before, it will happen to you, too, lotion or not, cream or not, ads to the contrary or not. Don't waste money.

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I have read several people talk about lotioning. can you please tell me what kind?

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This is a guess but from what I have heard and seen not if you loose it slowly.
I have not got any myself

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I've lost 78 pounds and I do sag on my arms, tummy, and upper thighs. I still have about 120 more pounds to lose so I expect possibly much more sag. It has taken me more than 20 months to lose what I have and I do think that the fact that I keep reaching those annoying plateaus actually helps my skin to adjust to each new size. It is very worth it though. I swim for 30 to 45 minutes a few times a week, do Zumba, and actually enjoy walking again. I don't look good naked but I never knew I did when I was135 pounds smaller. I now feel more confident because I know I am taking some control of my body and overcoming some of my weaknesses. Lose weight to feel great and don't sweat the stuff you can't control.

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I've lost more than 90 and I don't have any hanging skin. There is some unattractive looseness at the top of my legs and around my belly, but I've been able to tone up everywhere else. I am 38. Yes, weight training and moisturizing are part of my regime. I also take fish and flax oil, which seem to help with the general condition of my skin.

If my very stubborn belly ever goes away, there will be some hanging there. My dermatologist has told me that the only way to deal with it is surgery. I've already had a LOT of abdominal surgery, so I am not sure that I can go through that kind of pain just for the sake of vanity. Maybe. I certainly wish that I lived in a country that covered such things!

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depends on your weight and your genes and the amount of weight you have to lose.



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I agree with the man who says surgery is the only removal method for sagging skin after weightloss.



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I do agree with those people say, it really depends on who you are. Some people do and some people don't. I have lost almost 100 pounds.... I just can't seem to break this last 5 pound plateau, and I do have skin that hangs, mostly on my arms and around my belly. I go to the gym every day, eat an almost vegetarian diet, and drink all my water, and I'm sure this helps. But at the end of the day the skin is still sagging. Even with this, I wouldn't change a thing because I am so much healthier and happier than I was 3 years ago.

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There is no blanket Yes or No answer to this....I lost 70 lbs after having carried twins full-term. My body had a lot of loose belly skin & stretch marks after that! No matter how "skinny" I get, I always have loose skin hanging low around my belly. And I've EARNED it! :) I have healthy happy 10-year-old girls now...doesn't get any better than that.



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Depends on your nutrition, fitness, genetics, age and a host of related factors. Even if you will, you can deal with some excess skin easier than the excess body mass from the weight you will loose and you will be healthier to boot! Good luck.



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there is not an exact science to this. I lost over 200 pounds and I have some hanging inspite of my toning, lotioning and water drinking. I can't imagine how bad it would be if I hadn't taken those precautions.

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After losing 40 lbs I do have some sag, but mostly it seems to be firming up the more I excercise. Since I have more than 100 lbs to go, I do worry about it.



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i have lost about that much weight....fortunately i have good genetics and my skin has shrunk back into size so to speak........it depends on how long u were at that weight eg 1-2 years or more.
i use a good body scrub followed by a good firming cream on my skin everyday

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seeing some TV programs some people do and most don't.
I have seen 400 to 500lbs people and after losing 250lbs and not a sign of it.



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HollyBDR is right. If you stretch you skin to the point of stretch marks, it won't come back like it was. You can exercise and build some muscle. That will help the appearance of it some. But it will still be sagging. The older you get the worse the problem will be when losing a lot of weight. I am dealing with it now. I am almost 60. I have lost 110 pounds and have about 78 more to go. My arms and stomach are the worse. I do use coco creams and lotions that help with elasticity. It doesn't cure it, but help the appearance some. Eating a balanced healthy diet is good for the skin, too. But I know that all I can do is take care of my skin the best I can and love myself just the same. I am happy saggy skin and all. It has seemed to appear some better than it did look. I am just considering the sags scars of war against my battle with losing weight. Good health is very important to all of us, no matter what age. Looking good is also important. Just work with what you have girls and take the very best care of yourselves from now on. Mostly be happy!

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For people saying if you weight train you won't have sagging skin...not true. If you have stretch marks your skin there has lost its elasticity you will sag. Also if you are older your skin is thinner and less elastic, chances are you will sag.

The first time I lost a good amount of weight the sagging skin on my stomach is part of what made me gain again. I had twins that had combined weighed almost 15lbs and left me with major stretch marks. Even though I could fit in a size 6 I looked gross without my clothes on. It was so depressing. My hope this time is that I can get a tummy tuck after I lose the weight.

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I am also heavy and have a ? for everyone,I am scared of the sagging skin,i think to myself how will I look in clothes,can you see the sagging skin,can anyone tell that you have skin that sags,does anyone know these ?

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I have lost a total of 99 lbs from my highest weight, I still have a long way to go. To be honest, if I was shorter I would be kicking my belly when I walk. ok exaggeration, but it does get in the way when I ride my exercycle. I never thought I would look this way after I lost weight, always saw myself, fit, healthy & hot! Thank God I am at least getting healthier, you can always fix extra skin, not so with bad health.

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I don't know, but hope to lose enough to find out

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i can only speak for myself, but after dropping from 325 (a long time ago) down to 165, there is a lot of it and it aint pretty.Been told that surgery is the only way to get rid of it.

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a lot depends on your age and skin type, but fat is more ageing than wrinkles in my opinion

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Maybe, but I've found it is definitely worth it.

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I think it depends on your age, weight loss, elasticity of your skin, and how long it took to lose the weight. Exercise helps, but not so much with the loose skin, at least for me. I lost 75 pounds in about 13 or 14 months, 8 years ago, and I do have lots of loose skin, but I'm a senior citizen and have never had tight skin, even when I was thin. I don't like it but it looks better than tighter skin at 200 pounds. And, I'm very happy with the way I look in clothes. My skin actually looks better than it did while I was losing weight. At 50 pounds, I thought it was going to be much worse than it actually is.

I do know people who have had surgery, but I just make sure I never leave home without my clothes on. Thank God for clothes!.

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I found a team where they discuss these issues. There are people on there who have had surgery.

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I lost 70 myself - 80 - and I've got some of that "sharpei-itis" skin. But it's such a small price to pay for all the benefits, that I don't mind it at all. I'm not going to bare my stomach anytime soon for public consumption, as that would constitute cruel and unusual behavior toward the general public. I had some loose skin on my upper arms, but strength training's taken care of most of that, and the ol' guns look better than they ever have.

So the "bagginess" has turned out to be a mixed bag for me...:)

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Interesting info ... We are all so different



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I discussed this issue with my doctor and he says there is no guarantee but there are things I can do to help my skin bounce back, it still may require time and patience. First he says to use a skin lotion with collagen in it. I am using a lotion called palmers cocoa butter for stretched skin due to pregnancy or weight. I use it nightly. Second he suggested a vitamin supplement specifically for Hair, skin, and nails. I found several in the vitamin section at Walmart. Third he suggested drinking lots of water and not using any products which dry out the skin such as strong soaps or sunblock that doesn't have moisturizers. To not expose skin to large amounts of sunlight or tanning. He says don't lose the weight to quickly, and the closer you get the slower you should go to allow your body to heal. A well balanced diet.... and lastly he said if you smoke quitting will improve your skin quality. Of course the obvious benefits of strength training as well.

I've got 127lbs to lose and after losing 40 I'm already noticing some sag. I am hoping that by doing all these things I can prevent too much sag... the weight loss is worth some sag if it can't be avoided.

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Is it something I worry about? Absolutely. I think a lot of it depends on age, how much you have to lose, how fast you lose it, etc. I am praying that through strength training, I will be able to tone most of it up.

My advice? I'm no doctor or fitness expert, but from what I have read and heard, strength training while you lose is key. The doctor on the Biggest Loser also said you should give yourself 2 years after losing the weight before doing surgery, because it sometimes takes a little longer for your skin to snap back, but it may snap back.

I'm hoping that if I do have loose skin, it is minimal. I don't want nor can I afford surgery, so I'm going to do what I can to not get it...some of the people on SP that have lost even over 100 pounds have more minimal loose skin, and honestly, if they wouldn't have pointed it out, I wouldn't have noticed. We are all different. Good luck.



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That ´s a good question. I was so worried about that when I started this journey on SP. I wouldnt mind having cosmetic surgery but I am not sure how I would handle the scars...

After many yoyo diets (first time I lost around 30 lb I was 13 years old), it´s pretty obvious I have to deal with saggy skin. When I was younger and I had to lose 50 lbs at most, i didn´t have much extra skin at all, the skin would shrink and go back, I only had some stretch marks around my breast and thighs, but they didnt really make my skin saggy. Now, right before I started SP i was about 210 lbs and pretty saggy, lol, no way my skin would go back losing weight, if it didn´t even get full when I gained weight....

But as I see it all depends on your age, genetics, type of skin, if you eat healthy, if you drink a lot of water, if you lose weight slowly and if you exercise . I´ve seen many people on here that don´t seem to have much extra skin, I look at photos on SP and sometimes I am surprised at how great people look, after losing 100 pounds.



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