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5/15/11 3:14 P

I do not have hanging skin, but I do have wrinkles. Given my age, this would naturally occur anyway. It is the worst on my thighs, so I have a swim suit with a skirt to sort of cover the bad area. I am so happy to be more healthy and also thinner that I don't mind the wrinkles.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/15/11 3:02 P

I lost my weight naturally, the danish goverment gave me my tummy tuck free.. The health department realises it is not healthy to go around with a huge hanging stomach skin..
I thank them by looking efter the free surgery I got.. It is a gift, many people have to pay for..

If the skin hangs depends entirely on the indivdual and how much andfast they loss weight.. Slow is best..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 5/15/2011 (15:02)
DODDSE Posts: 824
5/14/11 11:11 P

Interesting responses. I have just topped the 100 pound loss mark and would like to lose another 50. I am hoping it won't be too much an issue but -- as someone said in this post -- better lose skin than skin filled out with fat!

MADDIE10281 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/14/11 11:02 P

I rhink it depends on what you do, you must work to tone as you lose

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
5/14/11 10:40 P


JOANIEBUG46 Posts: 4,214
5/14/11 5:23 P

Depends on age, gender, fitness level and genes. But better sagging skin, than fat-filled skin, right?? :)

AHODGES7 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/14/11 2:40 P

Hi Brandi,
Yes you will. Most people who lose a lot of weight fairly quickly, or who are older, with skin not being so elastic, end up with sagging skin.
Depending on the amount of skin hanging, this can present a problem with chafing, yeast infections, etc. Consequently this becomes an issue that can be looked at and solved from a surgical perspective. Therefore it is not done under the Plastic Surgery label.
In Canada, emoticon - namely Ontario, the Ministry of Health has looked hard at the problems with obesity and how it relates to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. As a result, they have earmarked $100 million for bariatric surgery for people who are seriously overweight. That included me, and I had a Vertical Gastric Sleeve procedure done on March 4, 2011. I was assured by my surgical team I would be able to have thighs and upper arms relieved of their sagginess (yay!) and also have a pannusectomy (apron removal) and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Additionally, I will also be able to have a breast reduction, so I will look more in sync with the rest of my body. Since these surgeries do not penetrate the musculature, (just skin and fat), the incisions rapidly heal.
I am looking forward to moving toward this phase in a year or so. If you want to follow my progress, I keep a blog on it called Latest Journey have a look - you will note I have not paid a lot of attention to the scale, but I take a photo every day or so. I am heading in the right direction! I also try to provide good information about bariatric surgery options and weight related issues. Feel free to comment or follow my blog.
Congratulations and good luck on your own Journey!

MYCUTEGIZMO Posts: 3,845
5/1/11 3:09 P


5/1/11 3:04 P

I think there are a lot of factors that come into play with this. We can't do anything about age & genetics, but we there are some things we can control.

We can keep our skin healthy by eating well, drinking lots of water, and using lotion. I'm not an expert, but I gather that anything with collagen and/or elastin would be particularly helpful. . We can also tone our muscles by strength training.

My mother lost over 100 lbs with gastric bypass surgery. She basically lost that weight through starvation - not fitness- so she had to have another surgery to remove excess skin around her midsection. She said it was the most painful surgery that she's ever had because the skin is dense with nerves and pain receptors.

I think the best bet is a) taking care of yourself and your skin as you lose and b) loving your body because its a record of your journey through life.

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (320,088)
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5/1/11 3:01 P

Depending on how old you are, the elasticity of your skin, how slowly you lose the weight, if you do strength training exercises, toning, and cardio routinely, they may all be factors to lessen the extra hanging of the skin after losing weight. Just be proud of your healthy body that is leaner and stronger as you work towards your goal.

PEDAL-PUSHER Posts: 6,501
5/1/11 2:49 P

I would rather have it hanging than filled with fat like it was before I lost over 100 pounds. I wear it like a battle scar, it gives me constant proof of the hard work and struggle I went through to get here.

It all comes down to body image and self worth. I have seen thin people hating their bodies and I have seen obese women comfortable with who they are.

MARLIZG Posts: 3,909
4/30/11 1:48 P

i recommend the elliptical-tones arms, legs, tummy too

EAGLEKWE SparkPoints: (16,226)
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4/30/11 1:20 P

I have lost over 40 lbs so far and have what is called an apron. Bunch of skin hanging from my belly. I have been looking on the net and realistically it is not going to shrink. A simple tummy tuck will not do either. thee is something called a panniculectomy. This does require on overnight in the hospital. Insurances may pay part if medically necessary. For me it is a little painful, if I jog, so no jogging exercises. Also need to be extra careful to avoid skin irritation.

Gonna save up for this, so when I reach goal, I can get it done.

WORKINGOUT12 Posts: 849
3/15/11 3:16 P

I am 55 now and I can tell my arms are looking tighter. I don't think my tummy will ever tighten up because of pregnancy years ago.

MOTOMOM226 Posts: 92
3/15/11 3:13 P

I too have been really concerened with this saggy skin issue! I see a few people posted using lotion... What kind should be used?

JELLYKNEES SparkPoints: (10,426)
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2/27/11 5:16 A

Age and skin type have so much to do with sagging skin that it's really hard to say whether you losing 70 pounds will result in sagging. When I was 36 I lost 64 pounds and had almost no loose skin - just a little at the top of my inner thighs. My weight loss goal now at 56 is a hundred plus pounds. I'm not going to be so lucky this time and will almost certainly need surgery in several places. The moral of my story is: Lose it young and never, ever, ever regain it.

BUNPOH Posts: 63
2/27/11 2:34 A

I would also like to hear from anyone who has successfully lost large amounts of weight and either avoided or toned up loose skin. Some people here have said you can avoid it, but they didn't state that they did avoid it.

I am 43, and have been obese most of my life, until now. I have lost 120 or so pounds (hard to say, scale mismatch issues), with anywhere between 20 - 40 to go, not sure yet. I have to say I have a fair amount of loose skin at the moment. I feel like it's making me look bigger than I am. The remaining fat just kind of hangs inside it, so it sticks out in weird ways. I'm not sorry I've lost the weight, but hoping I'll look better than I do now when I lose the rest of it.

I read somewhere from an older lady who had lost over 100 pounds that it tightened up over 7 years time for her. I'm very curious, any long-term "losers" have any experience with this?

ANGEL1995 Posts: 19
2/25/11 10:34 P

I have lost 26lbs and have another 30 to go. I am also very concerned about hanging skin. I would like to hear from someone who has lost more then 40 lbs and not had saggy skin and what techniques or methods they used to lose the weight and stay firm.

ANNESTARR SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/11 10:29 P

yep, and I really don't like that aspect of weight loss... I've never had this happen.

SUNNY071 Posts: 2,513
2/25/11 10:28 P

SLENDERELLA61..Wow! I'm impressed with your success! Congrats!

SUNNY071 Posts: 2,513
2/25/11 10:25 P

There will be no hanging skin if you are incorporating cardio and strength exercises along with your diet. Not to worry.

MULEDOGGIE SparkPoints: (83,182)
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2/25/11 10:20 P

Tone up to make up for it if you do. Strength training has so many other health benefits, too.


LILIVW Posts: 692
2/25/11 10:18 P

I am 45 yrs old and have lost 72.5 lbs. I am 4.5 lbs from goal weight. I run and lift weights but still have some saggy skin. I am thrilled with how I feel and look in clothes. However, I am a bit frustrated with the extra skin, especially with summer/swimsuit season right around the corner. I want to look good - not saggy. I don't want surgery either. I am hoping that as I continue to ST I will continue to firm up. I certainly hope this is true.

PEDAL-PUSHER Posts: 6,501
2/7/11 8:15 A

I have lost over 100, and I have it on my belly, upper arms and inner thighs. I wear it as a proud warrior wears battle scars, it was all earned in my battle with OBESITY. I would much rather have it loose than have it filled in!

KWEENIE777 Posts: 1,649
2/7/11 7:38 A

I just finished posting a question about any tips someone might have for tightening loose skin! Sad to say, I have lost 47 lbs and yes, I have skin starting to sag! My butt has lost it's roundness and my inner thighs are horrible! I can't even imagine what I will look like after losing 83 more lbs! OMG! When I lost weight (60 lbs in two months) on a modified Atkins diet, I didn't sag at all and my skin remained tight. Went from a 26 to a 14! Of course I was 10 years younger...

FIRESTARINFINI SparkPoints: (27,561)
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2/7/11 4:21 A

Strength training and lotion should remedy hanging skin.

NINALATINA9 Posts: 1,381
2/4/11 10:44 P

oh man...I don't want surgery :(

REYVE01 Posts: 614
2/4/11 10:31 P

I hope not

SLENDERELLA61 SparkPoints: (299,485)
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2/4/11 9:10 P

I'm 61 years old and have lost 80 pounds. The first 50 I lost at 1.5 pounds a week and the last 30 I lost at .5 pounds a week. I've been strength training and doing lots of cardio. My worst skin is a fold in the shape of an arrow pointing up just above the belly button, but that is due to pregnancy, not weight loss. Really, I wear a bikini and see a lot of people looking worse than me on the beach. Don't let fear of skin keep you from achieving the weight you love!! Life is better at goal!!!

JELLYKNEES SparkPoints: (10,426)
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2/4/11 9:02 P

I'm resigned to needing some surgery to my arms, tummy and neck. I'll deal with it when I get to my goal weight and by then being lighter and healthier will outweigh any sagging skin.

DISLIMPET Posts: 1,041
2/4/11 7:05 P

I lost 80 lbs. over a year and a half starting when I was 48. Even though I exercised and lost slowly, I had bunches of extra skin. I'd just played accordian with my body too many times of the years to have any elasticity left.

I ended up getting chopped to get rid of it.

My daughter, who has lost over 100 lbs., also slowly, needs chopping, too. She's 29.

Hope this helps.

TRIPLEMWF Posts: 906
2/3/11 11:41 P

Maybe, maybe not. I have lost over 75lbs and I'm a little saggy but nothing that I think can't be toned up. I just added exercise to my routine so I'm hoping that will help while I lose the last 30lbs.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/11 11:35 P

I agree with Kara623, I am in the same boat as her... I also keep it in perspective that I am healthy now and look good in my clothing..

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2/3/11 5:48 P

Unfortunately, yes. Absolutely. However, you can google exercises that will help tone those "hanging" areas. I have lost 70 pounds in 3 months from Bariatric surgery. Skin is hanging. I have been told that a lot of it will shrink up in time. However, not all of it.

I was 170 pounds overweight, being I am short. So I am almost half way there. If you are trying to lose 70 pounds, your body might not be that stretched where it would have elasticity left to pull back.

Drink lots of water, moisturize, and try your best to do a little target toning. Best of luck! You can do it!

MADAGOOGA SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/11 5:39 P

yes, you will :-{

HEATHER090702 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/11 3:42 P

Considering I have 200 pounds to lose, I will have sagging skin for sure. But I also plan on saving my pennies for a tummy tuck and breast lift! So, I am prepared!

IBHLKING Posts: 1,341
2/3/11 2:39 P

Too many factors at play to be sure but everyone is right. Losing weight very quickly, genetics, etc all play a role.

Do what you can to minimize it but in the long run it is better to have some excess skin and be healthy.

KATHAKU Posts: 1,156
2/3/11 2:33 P

I'm worried about this too. It really depends on what kind of skin you have. Some people never get stretch marks, some get them if the wind blows too hard. :P Some people get loose skin, some don't. I have stretch marks, and will most likely have loose skin. I'll see what's going to happen ultimately when I get to goal. I started wanting to lose 70-80, I've lost almost 40 so far! :)

BRENDABUNNY Posts: 4,983
2/3/11 2:32 P

I hope so emoticon

LADYBUGG67 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/11 2:29 P

Great question. I wonder this myself. I hope that it tones up nicely. Only time will tell.

THERESACHANGED SparkPoints: (39,473)
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2/3/11 2:27 P

This gets asked a lot here and the answer is - probably. But, it depends totally on genetics, how fast you lose, if you lose or gain muscle in the process, etc.

I have lost 85 lbs and have been *extremely* lucky in the sagging skin area. I only have one area in my lower abdomen. The skin has flopped right over at my c-section scar to be exact. Sure, I wish it wasn't there, but it is so easy to cover up with clothes and a tiny price to pay for glorious health and a body I am proud of.

So, my advice is don't worry one bit about sagging skin - just put everything you've got into this journey - it is so worth it!

KARA623 Posts: 727
2/3/11 2:24 P

It depends on several factors, your age, how long you were overweight, how quickly you lose, genetics, HOW you lose.

Personally, I'm 41 years old, was overweight for 20 years, have lost the weight very slowly through a healthy diet and a good balance of cardio and strength training. I DO have areas of my body in which the skin has NOT bounced back as I would have liked. Outside of surgery, my stomach, arms, and legs will never be "normal." I have to keep it in perspective, though. I'm healthy, and i look good IN my clothes. :-)

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
2/3/11 2:20 P

lose weight slowly, moisturize and eat selinium (brazil nuts are a good source)

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2/3/11 2:01 P

I'd raather have hanging skin than hanging fat.

JELLYKNEES SparkPoints: (10,426)
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2/3/11 2:00 P

Losing weight slowly when your young and keeping it off is the best guarantee of skin snapping back. Genetics plays a big part too.

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2/3/11 1:43 P

This really depends. Genetics and age have the biggest impact on whether or not a person's skin pops back after weight loss. As we age, our skin looses its elasticity. So, the younger you are, the better your chances are. If you lose weight slowly, there is also a good chance some of the skin will pop back. Will all of it go back ? Not necessarily.

I had less to lose than you, but I'm older than you and some of my skin popped back and some didn't.

If you really want perfectly taught skin after your weight loss, you might have to consider cosmetic surgery. One thing I've learned from other members who've lost weight is that we all have some residual sagging skin.

Does is bother me ? Not any more. It used to though. these days, I'm more thrilled with what my body can do since losing the weight than I am with the cosmetics. Because that's what really matters.

Quite frankly, I'm convinced that Valerie Bertinelli had cosmetic surgery to get that flat bikini tummy. She's over 50 and she lost over 50 pounds. NO ONE is that genetically lucky to have their skin pop back to bikini perfect like that. She had to have some sagging skin. we all did.

2/3/11 1:20 P

I am also worried about this. I would really like to hear from people who have lost 50+ pounds and can speak from personal experience. If you have extra skin what do you think the contributing factor is? Did you lose the weifght fast or slow did you exercise? If you don't have extra skin how did you lose your weight (fast,slow, exercise...)?
When I lost 35 I didn't have any extras but I was only 35 down and I was still 200lbs so the change wasn't that dramatic so the extra skin might not show yet.

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2/3/11 1:12 P

I don't know personally, (I was worried by this as well)but I had a family member who lost 90+ pounds. She lost the weight a very unhealthy way and her skin was saggy, and she said her doctor told her that exercise will help tighten the skin.

HAPPYWRITER7 Posts: 9,723
2/3/11 1:11 P

I cant tell you if you will have hanging skin for sure, but definitely having a regular strength training regimen will help with that.

BRANDI8704 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/11 1:07 P

I am aiming to lose a total of around 70 lbs. Will I have extra skin hanging from losing that much weight??

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