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Sagging Skin vs. Being Over Weight

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Okay just wondering how others deal with this. I've lost just over 70 pounds and still have about 30 to go. I let myself get up to 241 pounds before I had enough and started my journey and I've been on it for about 11 years now. I've been over weight since the 4th grade and here is my question. How do you get rid of the sagging skin? My arms are the worst and I'm beginning to think that being over weight might just be better than looking at my arms. I am doing strength exercises but maybe just not enough. I need help with this so please help!

Thought I would add this part as well. One of the main reasons I dislike the sagging skin on my arms is because of the slapping sound it makes when I am using my arms to do my job.
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    I think it all depends on whether the skin is damaged or just expanded. My stomach, for instance, went through a ton of damage during my pregnancies and I know that it will sag no matter what I do. My arms, on the other hand, I think are recovering okay - a little sagginess in the area where I had a lot of stretchmark damage but nothing terrible. I've heard on other groups that you can try to help with elasticity both with strength training which I know you're doing, and also with lotions that have collagen in them. You might give that a try, but it might not be a miracle worker either. I've also heard that it takes skin about three years to recover from weight loss, so maybe you just need time. *hugs*
    1971 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Being fat isn't better. Your skin will recover some, but much more slowly. Upper body strength training will help, but you have to give it some time.
    1971 days ago
    Well, chica, I've got sagging skin on my arms and my thighs because my skin has finally just given out, and I think it's awful. Especially the slapping, which is why I try not to dance around the house in my underwear, but I think that's a good rule anyway. However, I also think not being able to cross my legs, fit in cute clothes or airplane seats or theater seats or bus seats or restaurant seats or nice furniture or... well you get the idea, or wheezing while climbing a flight of stairs is also awful. So, I'm choosing my awful. I'm not planning on doing a nude photo shoot in Playboy or Hustler or Big Butt Bonanza or whatever when I reach goal weight, and I get the impression that isn't high up on your list of priorities, either. I think sagging skin is a small price to pay for good health and being able to last well into your 90s and beyond. Somebody has to give all these as-yet-unborn young people hell. I wish I knew of a way to tighten up loose skin. I've heard Strivectin works, but that stuff is so expensive, even if you buy it from Costco, and you have to keep using it or the effect goes away. Then there's that body wrap mess that they do at spas, but that whole "results may vary" disclaimer really has me scratching my head. Have you posted the question in the forums? I'm sure somebody on this site knows something. Hang in there! And may I say, I'm very impressed by all the workouts your getting in. You are kicking my butt!
    1971 days ago
    I just try not to think about it and wear clothes and colors I like!

    I remember that my image relies more on what I can do instead of what I look like.

    And I dye my hair red to distract others!
    1972 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/30/2012 6:51:09 PM
    I understand because I will also have lots of sagging skin because of years of being overweight. I have lost about 63 lbs and have many more to go. Someone on SP said that you can call a burn center and sometimes they will remove excess skin free in order to use the skin for burn victims. I am not sure if that is true but hopefully it is because I have no insurance and cannot afford to get excess skin removed.

    I think it is still better to lose the weight and deal with the excess skin because the excess weight affects our health.

    1972 days ago
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