i agree...and you can always buy supportive undergarments that hold the loose skin in and smooth it out under your clothes....naked however, is a whole other ballgame. I still think I'd rather be small and have that problem to deal with than to be heavy and can't breathe...
I was reading about this on another forum and someone mentioned that her insurance paid for a third of the surgery. That's still two thirds to pay for, but if needed, I will look into it. I'm hoping not to need it, but I do tend toward dry skin and I have quite a lot to lose. (the tracker is just a third of my goal)
It is so much better for you to lose the weight and get yourself healthy! In the grand sceme of things what is a little lose skin compared to all the fat you have now thats holding it(skin) out??? Dont worry about it. It most likely wont happen to you. And if it does deal with that then. "Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles…. it empties today of its strength.” Good luck and best wishes!
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Interesting topic, I think this is a big concern for everyone. But honestly if I lose the 125 I set out to do, lose skin is a minor side effect. I can still live alot longer with lose skin than with all this extra weight. I will cross that bridge when I get to it and if I need the surgery, I will find someway to make it happen.
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I agree with what everyone else has stated....I think there are a lot of factors. I do think there will be some excess skin, even people that lose 10-20 pounds can't always tone up 100%. I also have to say that I was wathcing Tyra the other day and they had a guy that had lost over 200 pounds. He took pictures of pre-surgery and it was horrible. He has had to have 3 surgeries and I think he said he might have to have one more. He looks incredible now, but it was really bad. He had loose skin from his belly hanging down to his thighs. I felt so bad for him! All that hard workd and dedication...just have have rolls and rolls of loose hanging excess skin. I most defintiely don't want all that, but I will just have to hope that as slow as I am losing, that I can tone up in the process! I guess I will cross that bridge when I get there!
It is true that you'll probably have some excess skin, but, if you go slow and steady, drink lots of water (for elasticity in your skin) and do toning exercises, it will help. The people that have TONS of extra skin are the ones that lost weight so fast that their skin just couldn't keep up with the quick loss. (through surgery and pills etc.)
When I first decided to get rid of all this excess, I went in for a surgical consult and was ready to the bypass surgery, then, I found out our insurance only pays $5K for the surgery and my "co-pay" would be $11K+ I cried. But, then I also would've been left with soooooo much extra skin and I can tell you, with the 30 lbs I've lost so far, a lot of my skin is shrinking some too. Keep up with the water and use moisturizer to keep your skin supple and elastic. If you've got dry skin, it won't shrink back quite as well.
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From everything I read there are several factors that determine if you may have excess skin. Genetics probably is one of the biggies- some people's skin is just more elastic than others. Age plays a role, as well as how well you are feeding and hydrating your body as you lose weight. The other big factor seems to be how fast you lose the weight. If you drop of whole bunch of weight quickly, you skin does not have time to adjust.
I have not read anything conclusive that any type of creams or lotions help.
I have the same concerns as you, I don't want to have saggy skin and I couldn't afford the surgery either. I think I'd rather be fat and unhealthy than saggy and freakish! But I think as long as you're losing the weight slowly, in a healthy way, the skin will shrink as well. Though it could take a bit longer than the weight loss. However, I'm not sure if that would be the same for those of us who are much bigger. Our skin has been stretched quite a bit, hasn't it!
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There was a SP article about this a while back. Yes, most of the people on TV have lost a lot of weight very very quickly, not allowing time for the skin to shrink back. Will you have excess skin depends on a lot of factors, your age, smoker status, alcohol consumption, how long your skin was stretched, how quickly/slowly you loose the excess weight. Losing 1-2 lbs/week reduces the amt of excess skin, you can also help reduce this by making sure you do weight/resistance training as part of your excercise program. I'm sure if you do a search you should be able to find the whole article. I know for me I'm not letting the excess skin possibility get in my way of being healthy. I'll deal w/ the problem when/if it arises ;-)
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Part of it depends on how quickly you lose the weight. Alot of the people you see on TV have had weight loss surgery or have dropped the weight rapidly. I don't think that if we lose it at a healthy rate of 1 to 2lbs a week that it will be nearly as bad as those on tv, but I don't know. Sorry I can't be of more help
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OK I have recently saw many people on T.V. who has lost alot of weight and see they have had to have surgery to remove extra skin. Now I am SO scared if I lose the weight I will face the same problem and can not afford that type of procedure. Does this happen to everyone who losses 100 or more? I am really worried about this but can really find anything on it. Will this happen to me too?
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