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7/20/09 9:32 P

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Thanks! yeah, it's raises all sorts of interesting questions ...

I'm writing this out now, but the options are as follows, and lord knows all have their pros/cons:

-- Surgery
-- Muscle Toning
-- Shapewear (for women)
-- Creams (though mileage definitely varies)

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7/20/09 8:54 P

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This is a great posting! Thanks, Russ, for leading the charge on an issue that doesn't hit the radar until after weight-loss success!

The solution offered up by my friends, without hesitation, was ...."Get surgery!". Truly, the mantra of the 21st century!

If I were on a soapbox, I would lecture about society's slice-and-dice mentality. But the truth is...I was just a plain scared to go that far.

Instead, I opted for a more natural route. I hired a personal trainer and was explicit with my goals. Specifically: Tone muscles under the loose skin and make it a routine I could live by.

Now that I'm toned, I maintain -- not that different than weight loss, is it?? I strength train 3X-wk/1-hour.

Did loose skin go away 100%? No. But got rid of approx 75% the old-fashioned way.

My training started in April. I could see the results by mid-June. Today, my husband and friends (yeah, the ones that told me to slice-and-dice) are amazed.

In the end, only you decide what's right for you. If you've been successful losing weight, you'll be successful sorting out the best way to lessen (or eliminate) loose skin.

It's a journey!

P.S. My In-Home Personal Trainer cost $480 for 8 weeks (2X a week). This is a whole lot less than surgery!



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7/16/09 9:53 P

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shrunklink.com/crmb

This is primarily an interview with Dr. J. Peter Rubin, of the Life After Weight Loss Center at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He's one of the few (but growing) number of plastic surgeons who "get it."

An excerpt:

"A lot of time my patients are embarrassed to just come to a doctor’s office,” Rubin says. “I see so many patients who come to my office and the first thing they say is ‘I shouldn’t even be here. This is not just a vanity issue,’ and start on this explanation or that, or just need to explain. I have to say, ‘These are things I understand.”

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7/16/09 5:19 P

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Thanks! As we speak I'm finishing up recounting a conversation I had with a plastic surgeon that "gets it." he's worth his weight in gold, I mean to say, and the number of those who get it are growing.

Now, I'm so broke from Second Helping is a nonissue. I"d like the closure of the procedure still, but I also found closure in other ways since.

I'm always curious about this topic with folks ... whether the "fat feelings" just transfer to "skin feelings," how people mentally relate to their skin.

At this point personally, I look at it like this: there are consequences to your body for how you were. I was silly expecting to become Charles Atlas. I'd still love to have the procedure (if I can grab the money/ditch the ciggies *shame*).

And I wish more people (read: trainers and people I'm interested in dating) understood the difference between fat and skin.

On the other hand ... life pre-weight was all commments and criticisms on my fat. Then I lost weight, and I didn't lose enough weight/I lost too much/I'm doing it right/I'm doing it wrong. Then add my life to it ... I'm spiritually inclined (though down to earth about it), I'm gay (but a really bad gay dude), I'm a journalist (and no one likes those)...

Turns out the skin was actually a gift, because it rendered all the 30,000 opinions meaningless. The complements or insults mean nothing to me. Not even the weight loss did that.

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7/16/09 4:29 P

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great article Russ, very interesting....i love the site and can't wait to read some more, again thanks for sharing!

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RUSSLANE's Photo RUSSLANE Posts: 401
7/16/09 10:33 A

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I got some more articles coming on the topic, I promise. Things kind of went crazy this week, so I had to put off some of the articles. I got *one more stupid meeting* today and the I can get back to it. (Note to self: I won't do another "theme week" again and until everything's finished in advance. Lesson learned).

Really great comments -- need to get my gym time in before said stupid meeting. I'll be back in a bit.

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7/15/09 8:52 A

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I haven't lost enough for it to be an issue - but for people who are hesitating about losing weight for fear of it, it seems to me that reminding them of the benefits of losing just 10% of your body weight can have is the way to go. You won't get loose skin from that and it's a good, achievable, goal and once you meet it you can sort out where to go from there. Like you don't have to go from 300lbs to 120lbs to look and feel better, even getting to 250 is probably going to make a big difference.

It seems like below a 50lb loss it's rarely if ever an issue at all, while above 100lbs it's frequently there and it can be to the point where the skin causes problems like getting infected?



I've lost about 35lbs and gone from slightly over "obese" by BMI to just into "healthy"!

And I can now run for over 5k!

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It's about making progress, not being perfect
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7/15/09 8:25 A

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I have definately thought about it but I don't think I could do it because of the cost. I have a lot of loose skin in my stomache and legs.

I never wear shirts that are not a little longer or shorts that are too short. I justify it that I would never have worn these before so I am really not missing much.

The thing that makes me the most self concious is hanging over during workout classes. (when doing pushups or mt. climbers) This is when the loose skin just hangs and really bothers me.

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7/14/09 6:27 P

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Since my weight loss wasn't a really large amount, I was pretty fortunate not to have too much loose skin. Before losing the weight I'd had a consult with a plastic surgeon about elective cosmetic breast reduction. I went ahead with it after losing most of the weight and in my opinion it was one of the best things I ever did for myself and helped me stay motivated to keep the weight off. If I could afford it I'd probably like to have a tummy tuck, butt lift and lipo on my thighs too so I could have the bikini body I've always wanted, but it's really not a serious thought.

Edited by: ROLOHA at: 7/15/2009 (21:43)
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7/14/09 10:59 A

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One of my exercise buddies at my old gym lost a lot of weight. She had knee replacement surgery on both of her knees simulatenously. She weighed 275lb at the time of her surgery.

She was inspired to lose weight for her health, and then took it upon herself to start weight training seriously. She became a personal trainer and taught fitness classes at the local community college.

She went for a surgical consultation. She basically needed every inch of her body lifted because of all the loose skin, but especially in the legs.

Because the doctor told her that she would not be able to resume exercising for at least 2 months, maybe more, she decided not to pursue the surgery. This is what she told me. Since working out is her means of financial support, she could not afford to be out of commission for 2-6 months.

Last I heard from her, her weight was around 110lb. And when she showed me how she looked with her skin lifted, I would be the first to admit that she would have looked fantastic. But truth be told, I think she looked pretty darn good even with the extra skin.

Both women I have mentioned were in their early 40s.

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I was on an email group with a woman who lost a lot of weight. She had an excess of loose skin. After maintaining her weight loss for at least 6 months, she was able to afford the $10,000 it cost to have excess skin removed on her torso and her arms. (She also had breast implants to help with the excess skin in the chest area.)

She was very swollen after her surgery and the doctor had told her that it would take 6 mos for the swelling to go down and 1 year before she would have the "results" body.

In this year of "waiting", she struggled with her weight quite a bit. She struggled to find motivation to exercise regularly. She struggled with calories. I asked her (via email) what she thought was holding her back. She said that she was having a hard time with the swelling and post-surgical water retention. That her body was not her own.

I since lost contact with her, before her magical "1 year" was over. So I don't know if she was able to get back to her lowest weight or if she gained back a few pounds or what. I do know that she said she was very satisfied with the results of the surgery. But I cannot say with certainty how that affected her journey into maintenance.

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7/14/09 8:39 A

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I have thought about it, but have not acted on it because of the $$. I would love to do something with the extra on my neck and my belly. The rest I can live with. Thanks for the details I am going to check it out now.

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7/13/09 11:26 P

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Hey guys,

I've got a bunch of articles this week revolving around plastic surgery, loose skin and everything in between.

First up was my experience with a plastic surgeon's office. www.secondhelpingonline.com/?
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We'll have some good plastic surgeons weigh in later this week, as well as a breakdown of different surgeries, dealing with scarring, etc. Been working on this a while.

Loose skin/surgery-or-not can be a huge issue for some folks and be irrelevant to others completely. I wanted to just open the floor for whatever anyone had to say.

If ya need suggestions: should discussing loose skin be an excuse for people to be afraid of losing weight? Why/why not/how do you deal with it? Have you considered surgery? Why did you go for it/not go for it?

As always, you guys rock. Feedback/comments welcome!


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