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JaneTexas

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Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 20:22
So...I've lost about 120 pounds over the course of the last 2 years (without bariatric surgery). I've got 50 more to go. *sigh* THE SKIN!!!! UG... I don't have $30K for cosmetic surgery. Any suggestions that really work?? It's mostly in my lower belly...laps and folds and laps and folds. I HATE IT.
Snow833

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 02:27
Unfortunately your skin can only snap back a little bit with regular exercise but it's not going to change much Sad My two friends got stuck with loose skin after they had babies so I know how it looks like and how much it sucks.
paperiniko

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 03:21
there are no miracles, I think the best advice I read is to loose weight slowly (no more than 1-2 pounds/wk) and nourish the skin with hydration creams and then wait since it can take up to 2 years to adjust to the new weight.

That being said especially after a certain age there is no way that it can go back to be perfectly toned without surgery when you loose over 50 kg especially you have been carrying the excess fat for years.

I am in this situation and trying to manage by loosing relatively slowly which works also to keep eating food I love. It is still early to judge because I still have too much fat to loose but I thinks that some excess skin will be inevitable
lornaw

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 07:29
yay for you for sticking with it so long and losing so well. Alas, the skin thing isn't going to heal itself. Being young, losing slowly: that's the only way to solve that problem. The good news is, you've lost all that weight. It's always important, before getting surgery, to make sure it stays off, so after five years of maintenance, you might also have the money for the surgery. Be patient, go about living your life, and enjoy your success.
ndubbs87

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 12:13
Kudos to you for losing so much weight! My fiance has also lost about 120 lbs. We started Atkins 2.5 years ago and he lost most of the weight in the first 9 months. In the past almost 2 years his weight has been mostly the same, a little up and down, but he has been looking better and better. I think is body has just been taking a while to get used to the weight loss. I also think exercise is important.

I guess I didn't consider that we're pretty young (25) so maybe it won't work for older people. If so, I have heard that you can get your insurance to cover some cosmetic surgeries if it is making you depressed or something (I've heard of someone who got a tummy tuck after having a baby and it was covered by insurance). Good luck!
Rubie-sue

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 13:02
I have heard, but never checked it out, that if you're willing to donate your skin that some major hopstial burn units will help with the cost of the operation. Might be something to look into.
evelyn64

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 13:10
I know how it is to have a "skin suit" that is many sizes too large for your body! Unfortunately, after a large loss and especially the older you are, there are no tricks to firm the skin up. Tummy tucks and body lifts don't cost as much as 30K where I live (less than half, for sure) but there is also an increasing popularity in medical vacations. Because other countries have much lower medical costs, there is a big industry in doing cosmetic and elective surgeries for foreigners. Even with the cost of travel and accommodations, the final cost ends up being a huge savings. However, if that expense is too much for your budget, spandex and strategic clothing are your next best option. P.S. I've read that the skin donation discount is not true Sad

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lisakp71

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 16:56
I almost wonder if reducing the (surely?) pretty significant extra skin after a 170lb loss (YOU ARE AMAZING, by the way - that's incredible!) might be considered a medical necessity rather than a cosmetic procedure??

It's worth checking, at least! And I'd start complaining to your medical professionals at every opportunity about how your loose skin is interfering with your daily life and decreasing your ability to maintain healthy activity levels (if it's true, obviously!). Start a paper trail!
Sherilyn2

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 18:14
lisakp71 wrote:
I almost wonder if reducing the (surely?) pretty significant extra skin after a 170lb loss (YOU ARE AMAZING, by the way - that's incredible!) might be considered a medical necessity rather than a cosmetic procedure??


Typically it's only a necessity if you're having issues like the skin getting rashes/infections from it piling up and not breathing properly. That doesn't happen to most people so it's not going to be covered most of the time. I wish I could get it paid for under medical.. I have so much loose skin as well that it's becoming a bit embarasing in something like a swimsuit that I actually look good in figure wise now.
PamelaFW

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 18:43
Congrats on the loss ,that is awesome i lost quite a bit in the past and at my lowest i still had extra skin on my stomach too, i swear if it had been removed i would have fit into 2 sizes smaller on the bottom i tend to carry my excess weight in lower abdomen and inner thighs

i have heard if u start documenting at your drs office such things as rashes and other medical problems the ins will eventually give in and pay for it
good luck on your journey you are certainly doing well

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FullaBella

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 12:19
Rubie-sue wrote:
I have heard, but never checked it out, that if you're willing to donate your skin that some major hopstial burn units will help with the cost of the operation. Might be something to look into.


THAT would be incredible. I would imagine my 'bat wings' alone NOW, much less WHEN I reach my goal weight, would be enough for SEVERAL victimes in need. And what a wonderful way to help others rather than just tossing it in the trash. Has anyone found anything about this?

I don't have insurance so I would have to be private pay and I have started considering WHEN I reach my goal weight and maintain it at minimum 2 years (sure didn't think of 5) that I'd consider surgery as well. While I am not a 'swimsuit' gal, I would just really love to wear a tank top in public without being a hazard in high winds!


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
No Shrinking...

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 13:03
I would love to have excess skin removed. my upper thighs resemble elephant trunks, and the bat wings UGH!. BUT I am down 170 lbs, no longer have sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension and my sarcoidosis is in complete remission. I am not crazy about the excess skin, but compared with were I was a year ago, HAPPY to BE HEALTHY! If anyone finds a burn center that would take donated skin, please let me know. Called and emailed a few in my area and never got a response. Guess skin is not a hot commodity these days!
FullaBella

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 15:18
Well, I found this - doesn't sound as if it's really done although it does sound like a good idea: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3032923


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
Sk1nnyfuture

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 15:31
Well done on your loss..... Re the 'skin'. The more weight you loose and the older you get, the harder it is to 'overcome' the skin issue. However..... Things you can do to help
1) exercise - this doesn't get rid of excess skin BUT builds muscle to 'fill' some of the gap - firm muscle is better than fat or loose skin.

2) cream and oil - this will lubricate your skin and help 'plump' it.

3) brush - use a bristle brush and 'buff' your skin (look up skin body brushing on the Internet). This takes off the dead skin cells and allows your body to produce new skin cells, which 'hopefully' will 'eventually' be firmer and more elastic. BUT it must be done regularly and skin oiled after.

4) time - give your body time to go back - it may be too much for it to go back 100% BUT, with care and attention,it can improve.

5) weight loss.... Be honest... Is there still some fat in the region, that is causing the overhang?

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peachytarhee...

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 15:45
You rock! I am having the same issue after a 104 lb loss. It sags everwhere!
PeeFat

Joined: Jan 10
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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 16:13
I've lost 114 lbs at the ripe old age of 49 and was heavy most of my life. I researched "avoiding saggy skin during weight loss" and followed the advice. I don't have much of a loose skin issue because of that I believe.
Lot's of water, vitamin E, ex-foliated then moisturized and did ab exercises. I also didn't rush my weight loss by starving myself. Lot's of nutrients in the food choices I made.

Nice before and after photo under my profile that shows what I mean. I'm rocking a sweet 6 pack. All the effort and patience has paid off quite well.



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