Join Date Sep 2009 Location United Kingdom Posts 402 You'd be best off working out your BMI and seeing if you are overweight. If your overweight, you need to lose weight simple as, but its impossible to tell if you have the excess skin in the way. More extreme weight-loss patients are choosing to remove the loose skin through cosmetic surgery, and a recent study showed that the bodies and minds of those who do end up faring much better.
Franklin Santana, a 29-year-old who lives in the Bronx, had gastric bypass surgery in October 2011, and before the surgery, he weighed 395 pounds. I’m wearing a fat suit; I feel like I’m a thin person inside wearing a body that’s twice the size of mine. Fantana had done his research before getting the surgery done, and he knew that he’d probably be saddled with “loose skin” after it was over. Deborah Olmstead, who first had weight loss surgery done in 2001, knew to expect it, too; she just didn't know how awful it would make her feel. The loose skin is caused by losing a huge amount of weight – as in, 100 pounds or more – in a very short amount of time. Jasmin Maldonado shown before her gastric bypass surgery at left, and after her body contouring surgery at right. You've done all this work, you've made this big, massive change that you see on the scale, but you don't necessarily see it in your clothing, or the way you feel about yourself.
The most effective way to remove the excess skin is through cosmetic surgery, in one or more of an array of procedures known as body contouring. People who had weight-loss surgery, and subsequently had the excess skin removed, were less likely to gain weight back than those who had the surgery but did not undergo a body contouring procedure, according to a recent study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Those who choose to have body contouring done usually pick the circumferential body lift: Doctors make an incision across the back, then around the flanks and abdomen, cutting away some of the excess skin and tightening the rest of it by suturing the incision back together. Stopping the painful chafing is important, and such a relief, say people who’ve had body contouring done. The most popular blog post on this website thus far is one titled Weight Loss + Loose Skin, even though my later post Preventing Loose Skin During Weight Loss has more information on the topic. I also wrote How to get Rid of Fat Lines as an expansion on that topic, as it goes hand in hand with loose skin. The post below (are you listening up Toronto?) is the most expansive list of ways to get rid of loose skin that I've compiled thus far.
There are lots of ways to tighten skin after you lose weight, and many reasons to do so - mostly because its embarrassing and it looks bad. If you haven't already lost the weight or are still in the process of losing weight, then keep at it. The reason using sea salt scrubs (or other body scrubs) helps tighten skin after weight loss is that they encourage increased blood flow, which in turn encourages healthy, elastic skin - and elasticity = tight skin! Another way to tighten skin and improve elasticity after weight loss is to keep it nourished with a collagen cream, one designed specifically to cope with loose, sagging skin. You can also get a seaweed wrap at a local spa, and maybe go back every 6 to 8 weeks to enjoy its other benefits.
You may have used weight training to help you get to your goal weight, but if not, it’s time to add weight training or increase the amount of weights you are lifting. If weight training isn't your thing you can also do exercises or sports that use either your body weight or use resistance training - such as getting archery lessons or taking up boxing.
Yoga will help you relieve stress, be more flexible, lose weight (at 175 calories per hour!) or maintain your current healthy weight, and even help your skin rebound after weight loss. There are plenty of yoga studios in Toronto so you have no shortage of places to choose from, or you can even do yoga at home by subscribing to various yoga channels on YouTube. Calisthenics are great for building lean muscle, great for your heart, and they’re also good for tightening skin after weight loss. The USDA recommends we eat five servings of fresh fruits and veggies every day, to give us nutrients we need, and to help us maintain healthy weights. Sulfates are used in lots of body washes, soaps, and shampoos because they’re good, cheap cleansers and they make for lush lather. The tanning process is horrible for your skin and dries it out, especially when using a tanning bed to boost your melanin.
Excess chlorine from swimming pools and hot tubs can dry out your skin, making it less elastic, and less likely to rebound after weight loss. Even the skinniest girl can have a "muffin top" out the top of her pants if the jeans she’s wearing are too tight. Looking to sign up for archery lessons, boxing lessons, swimming lessons, ice skating lessons or personal training sessions? Want to burn more calories and trick your body into burning more calories without thinking about it? After losing weight, 208 pounds to be exact, Kaitlyn Smith was still self-consious about all the excess skin that hung off her body. The 19-year-old had originally set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the surgeries, which are estimated to cost $50,000. Now 206 pounds, the Portland, Ore., teen reveals she lost the massive amount of weight through diet and exercise alone after her parents hired health coach and trainer Kina Wald. Your life just got exponentially better and more stylish now you've signed up for our newsletter.
Since writing the above blog post it has become the most popular article on this website thus far, even though my later post Preventing Loose Skin During Weight Loss has more information on the topic. My newest blog post on the topic, 20 Ways to Tighten Skin after Weight Loss, is the most expansive blog post on this topic. I receive a ton of e-mail from people who are concerned about having loose skin after they lose the weight. In fact, this is one of the biggest concerns and most frequently asked questions I receive from men and women who have a lot of weight to lose.
So the key to getting tighter skin is to improve your body composition (muscle to fat ratio), and lose more body fat, slowly and sensibly, up to the point where your body composition rating is BETTER than average (in the "good" to "great" category, not just "okay").


At that point, admittedly, there are bound to be a few isolated cases where surgery is the only option if you can't live with the amount of loose skin remaining.
But if you still have a lot more weight to lose, it's difficult to get a clear picture of what is loose skin, what is just remaining body fat and how much further the skin will tighten up when the rest of the fat is lost. Except in extreme cases, after very large weight lossess, you are actually unlikely to see someone with very low body fat who has a lot of loose skin. You may not get the same results and you may not be able to get your abdominal skin as tight as Brian's, but this is proof positive that IT IS entirely possible to get tight skin with six pack abs, even after a 100+ pound weight loss.
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Tom Venuto is the author of the #1 best seller, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Fat Burning Secrets of the World's Best Bodybuilders and Fitness Models. Then go to your doctor, see if you can get the excess skin removed or at least someone give you an estimate on what it weighs. Scot Glasberg marks incision lines on Jasmin Maldonado at Lenox Hospital before her surgery to remove excess skin around her midsection.
The body may be lighter, but it’s now weighed down with folds of sagging skin, causing a wild amount of emotional and physical (think: chafing) pain.
It can happen when the weight is lost through diet and exercise, but it happens more often to weight-loss surgery patients. Jasmin Maldonado, a 36-year-old living in Brooklyn who lost 130 pounds after weight-loss surgery nearly a decade ago, says a daily routine of squats, sit-ups and pull-ups has made a difference. And those who do shed the extra skin generally fare better than those who don’t, both psychologically and physiologically. The report followed about 100 patients who’d lost about 100 pounds after weight-loss surgery. Ali Modarressi of the University of Geneva in Switzerland, go so far as to argue that body contouring should be a routine part of bariatric surgery.
After the body contouring is done, patients routinely lose another 10 to 15 pounds of loose skin alone.
Some of them I have already covered in the older posts mentioned above, but sometimes it is necesary to beat a dead horse (metaphorically, not literally!) in order to get your point across. The real issue is that you've lost all that weight and you want to strut your stuff on the beach etc, but your loose skin is so unsightly after losing weight that you are too embarrassed to do so.
As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, but if you lose weight while you are younger you can prevent this problem from happening later.
A weekly massage therapy session can help tighten skin after weight loss - or the DIY solution, get your partner to scratch you all over once per week and see what happens. Some people even argue its best to drink 64 ounces of water per day to help keep skin healthy and happy. Being more flexible will stretch your skin out and give it more elasticity, encouraging your body to tighten up that skin in the process.
Add calisthenics to your weekly routine, up to three or four times a week, and enjoy jumping jacks, push-ups, windmills, etc.
However fruits and veggies have a high water content and lots of nutrients, which your skin needs to rebound. However sulfates can also over-dry and irritate skin, stripping it of vital moisture and making it less elastic.
But now she can rest easy, thanks to a Miami-based plastic surgeon who offered to perform the procedures for free!
Along with telling Smith to eat every two hours, Wald helped her find workouts that weren't too strenuous. I also agree to receive periodic emails with offers and promotional marketing messages from Life & Style. Moisturizer helps your skin retain its elasticity and its best to absorb it through your skin while sleeping because you regenerate faster while sleeping. So if you're looking for more ways to tighten up your skin, that is an article you will definitely want to read. How long you carry extra weight may influence how much the skin will become taut after the weight loss: For example, compare carrying an extra 30 pounds for 9 months to carrying 100 excess pounds for 9 years. How much weight was carried has a lot to do with how much the skin will resume a tight appearance.
How fast the weight was gained also has a lot to do with how much the skin will resume a tight appearance. There are exceptions to all of the above; For example, people who gained and then lost incredible amounts of weight quickly at age 50 or 60, and their skin returned 100% to normal.
He should be congratulated, but I would tell him, "Don't complain about loose skin yet, your body fat is still high.
It's quite remarkable how much your skin can tighten up once your body fat goes from "average" to "excellent" and even more so when lean body mass increases. In the after picture, Brian weighs 185 pounds and - this is important - his body fat is about 6%. Tom is a lifetime natural bodybuilder and fat loss expert who achieved an astonishing ripped 3.7% body fat level without drugs or supplements.
Then subtract that from your weight and find your new BMI, see if you are still overweight. She lost 130 pounds following gastric bypass surgery and was left with sagging skin on several areas of her body.
People who lose a massive amount of weight are often surprised at how unhappy they still are with their bodies. With a slower, more gradual weight loss, it's easier for a person’s skin elasticity to sort of snap back into place, shrinking back down as the fat is lost. Those who did not have any cosmetic procedures to remove the resulting excess skin ended up gaining back about 50 pounds, but those who did have body contouring done only gained back about 13 pounds.


People go with the body lift because it makes the biggest difference in their appearance, doctors say; plus, it’s easier to talk their insurers into covering it, because the surgery has some real physiological benefits, in addition to the psychological improvements. This means that the younger the age at which you lose weight, the faster your skin will rebound and reshape itself. Some collagen creams won’t work for everyone, so ask family members or friends for recommendations before you invest any products.
If you are still losing weight doing weight training 3 times per week will help keep your skin tight and you won't end up looking overly buff or masculine (that only happens with steroids). Maybe you've had significant weight loss and your skin will take up to six months to tighten to the new, slender you.
First of all, it helps build lean muscle, which will make you appear more toned (and goes well with weight lifting and calisthenics). Wear sunblock with moisturizer in it when you’re outdoors, and be patient about getting a tan.
You will still be the same size, but at least you won't look ridiculous by trying to wear clothes that is too small for you.
Smith will use the $7,000 she's raised so far to pay for travel expenses and accommodations while she recuperates.
Wrinkling and loss of elasticity is partly the consequence of aging (genetic factors) and also a result of environmental factors such as oxidative stress, excessive sun exposure, and nutritional deficiency. The older you get, the more an extremely large weight loss can leave loose skin that will not return to normal. Your skin can only be stretched so much and be expected to "snap back" one hundred percent.
There are many creams advertised as having the ability to restore the tightness of your skin. Essential fatty acids in particular are very valuable for many reasons, and one of them is for the health of your skin.
If you use very low calorie diets, you are likely to lose lean body mass, and this is going to exacerbate the loose, hanging skin appearance. So how do you tighten skin after weight loss, so you can fit into the clothes you want, and look as gorgeous and healthy and toned as you know you are?
It is time to make some PERMANENT lifestyle changes, hire a personal trainer, hire a nutritionist if you have to and make permanent changes. Your skin tightens slowly, so help the natural tightening process by losing weight safely and slowly, too. Whatever the exact reason, it works for many people so try using a good scrub in the shower several times per week, up to twice per day, and see if it helps you! At best, it will help tighten your skin… at worst, you get an invigorating massage - and quality time with your partner.
Simply add weights to your workout three times a week, because building toned, lean muscle under your skin will help you look tighter and sexier!
Lean protein also contains the collagen and other nutrients your skin needs to stay elastic. If you swim to keep fit, be sure to shower immediately after, and use cleaners designed to remove chlorine and moisturize your skin. With extreme obesity, the probability of there still being loose skin after you lose the weight is much higher. It would be worth taking an EFA supplement such as fish oil, flax oil or an oil blend like Udo's choice. On the other hand, if you are exercising regularly and increasing lean body mass with weight training, you will be more likely to minimize the appearance of loose skin, as the muscle literally pushes out on the skin, making it more taut.
I've seen and heard of many cases where the skin gradually tightened up, at least partially, after a six to twelve month period where the weight loss was maintained and exercise continued. Men shouldn't expect to look "ripped" with 100% tight skin on the abs unless they have single digit body fat.
Otherwise this problem will likely just continue since the only solution is kicking the habit and doing it long term. Be patient and if your skin doesn’t rebound immediately, keep in mind that it may take a little time. Consuming lean protein or whey protein after a workout will help boost the muscle-building effect. Also, remember that you don’t need HOT water to rinse chlorine away, use warm water or even cold water instead, which will also help keep your skin hydrated. Some women do experience stretch marks after pregnancy, but obviously skin is remarkably elastic.
Antioxidants are also very important, so be sure to consume copious amounts of a variety of vegetables and fruits.
This can be done with skinfold calipers or a variety of other devices (calipers might not be the best method if you have large folds of loose skin.
Women shouldn't expect to have tight abdominal skin unless they are in the low to mid teens in body fat. Set realistic skin loss goals, encourage your skin to tighten up by treating it well and pampering it and your skin will return the favour. I haven't even heard much anecdotal evidence that they work - at least not permanently and measurably - and especially if you have a lot of loose skin.
There are definitely some topicals that will pull water from under your skin, but remember, that is temporary.
That is the hot water stealing moisture from your skin and stretching out your skin in the process.



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