How do you tighten up the jiggly skin left behind?

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barbieq13

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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 11:04
I'm over 40 and just lost 34 lbs (and still have a bit to go) and I am feeling really great in clothes. But how do you tighten up the loose skin left behind? I want to wear a bathing suit.. Any suggestions?
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 11:28
Find a good plastic surgeon.... For me, I'm only 30 (well, I will be in a few weeks) but I've lost about 125 pounds. I really would LOVE to get a new set of "girls" and everything tightened up, and for me, thats really the only thing thats going to work. I can do all the toning exercises in the world, but it wont help everything - you may be different though. Do you belong to a gym? Ask one of the trainers of theres anything you can do about your "problem areas." Good luck, and if you find anything that works wonders, let us know!!!!
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 11:58
If you do go the plastic surgery route, I'd recommend waiting a year or so first. Sometimes it takes a while for stretched skin to bounce back.
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 12:16
I've been going to the gym. There is a woman there who lost 163 pounds and toned it all up just by going to the gym. It took her almost 2 years, but no surgery. She is 62 by the way. I think there is hope for us all!!!
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 12:20
Massage also helps skin's elasticity. I know it's uncomfortable and difficult to have someone you don't know rub your skin (bare skin really does work best), but if you can choke down your reservations about it, find a certified massage therapist you like and can trust, and go for it. Coming from a massage therapist who has had a 400lb man on my table, we don't judge, and when you enter a massage room, if you have the right therapist, you feel nothing but acceptance and comfort.

And for anyone who's had a bad experience, don't let that scare you away from massage altogether...find another therapist and try again. Massage is too good for a person to just give up if they've had a bad therapist experience.

I also agree with Canajun. Give your skin time to bounce back. You may feel you don't need anything at all. For large amounts of weight loss, and a lot of skin that won't go away, you could also look into donating for burn victims.
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 12:48
You are about half way to your goal, as am I. I can tell you I am not too thrilled with how my body is morphing either at this point. Maybe wait and see how things are going to change in the next 20-40 lbs that could make all the difference in the world.

As losinmama pointed out massage is supposed to do wonders, they even recommend it for cellulite. Massage can help increase blood flow to areas of fat deposits, and help you lose and tone from those areas a bit easier. Granted this is just what I have read.

I have also been applying cocoa butter to my skin on a daily basis, because I think infusing moisture into the skin will help with the elasticity as well. I know it has helped on my arms a little, I mean I have not lost inches or anything, they jiggle a little less.
mouse4

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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 12:52
losinmama - I am going for an hour long cellute massage - I have heard it does wonders for helping to improve circulation and help break up stubborn cellute - is this true? If nothing else...it's an hour long deep tissue massage which I could REALLY use!!!!
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 13:07
i had loose skin around my upper legs. i am 46 and thought it wouldnt tighten up but it did!! thank goodness. just give it t&t. time and toning. Smile
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 13:49
mouse4: When it comes to cellulite, there is no definite answer to that. Massage therapists and patients themselves differ too greatly between one another to prove overall effectiveness. What may work for one may not work for another. So it may work, it may not.

All I can say is for best results, keep the massages regular. If you can't, rub lotion on your own skin and massage it that way (doesn't have to be perfect, any little bit helps). and don't forget to drink you water after every massage. That helps rid your body of the toxins released by the massage, increasing its effectiveness all around.
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barbieq13

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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 14:28
Great ideas everyone! I am VERY HAPPY to try massage and very encouraged that some of you have had good long-term skin results! Doing the gym on a regular basis already, so hopefully tyhat will eventually help too.
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 15:52
My mom had lapband surgery last year, she has lost about 50 lbs and has very saggy skin, she goes to the gym but it is NOT helping her to TONE anything because even though she goes, she only does cardio. In order to tone you have to do resistance training. Even with resistance training your skin may never totally shrink back, alot of it depends on genetics and how long you were over weight. My mom for example has been over weight for well over half her life, she is 63. No matter how much she does, her skin will never be the same. She would need surgery to remove it. Good luck and let us know how the massage works out!
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 16:10
I'm glad to see this thread, thanks to all for the useful info. I was just talking to a friend yesterday & I told her that once I hit my goal weight & maintain it for 5 years, if I still have a lot of loose skin I'd spring for some plastic surgery. Based on your comments that seems like a good length of time to allow things to tighten up on their own, lol. Very Happy
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 16:41
Once I get to my idea weight and maintain it for 2 years I'm looking in surgery for any too lose skin. I might change my mind if things tighten up but odds are I have to consider it.
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 17:01
Im not sure if I posted this here or not or maybe it was in my journal. But a friend of a fiend works as an OR nurse for a plastic surgeon and she was telling me as charity work her boss does work pro-bono work for a burn clinic. He sees a few patients a year who lost alot of weight 150+ pounds and who need dramatic body recontouring and will do the work for free as long as these patients agree to a few terms. The terms are to donate the excess skin to the burn center, and (this is the tough one) instead of the 5-7 courses of surgery it normally takes you need to agree to get it done in 3-4. This sounds better right and easier for him? No thats not the case. Its not for his ease at all. Its so he can harvest more skin at one time. Why is it so hard for you? More scarring, and A LOT more pain and longer healing. But this is a GREAT option and one i am most likely going to do. I've already decided this. My thinking is this. No matter what, losing 330 pounds no matter what is painful. I will be able to put up with any amount of pain at the end. I will have endured alot by then and whatever pain I am going through during the surgery is nothing coompared to what the person who is getting my skin is feeling. As for the scarring? Same thing, what will the scars of the person who I am donating my skin to be like? Why should I be so selfsh?

Just some food for thought and an idea. You guys might have programs like this in your area!
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 18:20
Just throwing what I know regarding this issue. As w/ all weight loss & all people, everyone's skin is different. Two people who were at the same weight, lost the same amount in the same amount of time can have completely different experiences w/ skin. One may not have any problems w/ excess skin & the other could have a nightmare. Our genetics play a huge role in this. So what might be the case for one, may not be for another. After losing weight, most decent & good surgeons will ask you to maintain that weight for a specified period of time (I've heard anywhere from 6 months to 2 yrs). I think that's a fair call b/c skin also takes longer to heal, so that stretched, excess skin may just change in that time. So for the plastic surgery route, some maintenance time is a good idea. Also resistance training is key.

I can only hope I can skip the plastic surgery route if possible, but from my previous big weight loss (160lbs), I have excess skin (& a few issues that go w/ it). I can only hope that w/ my further weight loss I might get lucky. I've been told thus far my skin isn't that bad & quite resilient (due to genes & age), so let's hope that luck stays on my side.

Good luck!! If I could afford massages I swear I'd be getting 1/wk regardless of the skin benefits Razz
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 19:07
I asked this question of my favorite trainer at the gym and she said you need to give it a few years of hard work before you decide you aren't getting anywhere. A lot of what is perceived as loose skin is actually just remaining body fat. (I asked her about my upper arms and she said keep on weight lifting it will improve) and it does take years sometimes for skin to bounce back. She said much is genetic, much is age, but a lot of hard work will certainly show some improvement given enough time. SO... good thing I decided working out is a lifetime activity Wink
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 19:28
I actually just asked someone about this, I got a few answers, here they are:
Workout and tone, Apply Vitamin E oil 2 times a day (Suppose to work very well) and lots of water. Also, I have heard that infared heaters help in sort of the same way the massages do, they help break up the fat pockets trapped under the skin.
Thats all I got. LOL Thanks for the post!! Great topic!
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 19:39
It is so worth the efforts to avoid a very dangerous surgery. It is important to realize when talking about having excess skin removed, that what you are losing is actually part of an organ. It is a very dangerous surgery and not something you just decide you want done. I have another 50 pounds to lose, right now I am very flabby in certain spots, and it seems to be worse than when I started losing weight but it is obviously a lot more fat. All I have to do is try to pinch my skin, when I pinch and it as still an inch thick.... its fat.
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 19:55
What people don't get is its not a cosmetic issue for people that have ALOT of excess skin. It's a health issue. That is the reason why some health insurances are starting to include the body contouring in the package for bariatric surgery. I would not do it for simple cosmetic reasons. I would do it because of the risk of infection, abscess, hygiene, and necrosis all things that are very common and happen in people that have to lose more then 150 pounds.

I know this isn't the case of the OP but in others working out and massage and oils are not going to be miracle cures and education and preparation into what might be waiting for you at the end will save you alot of sadness. Many people lose a significant amount of weight and are distraught at what is a big side effect after a few years of hard work and lifestyle changes. They actually have support groups at a local hospital here for people with excess skin after weight loss because it is that polarizing.
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Posted: 13 Aug 2010, 20:42
Kingcole35 wrote:
What people don't get is its not a cosmetic issue for people that have ALOT of excess skin. It's a health issue. That is the reason why some health insurances are starting to include the body contouring in the package for bariatric surgery. I would not do it for simple cosmetic reasons. I would do it because of the risk of infection, abscess, hygiene, and necrosis all things that are very common and happen in people that have to lose more then 150 pounds.

I know this isn't the case of the OP but in others working out and massage and oils are not going to be miracle cures and education and preparation into what might be waiting for you at the end will save you alot of sadness. Many people lose a significant amount of weight and are distraught at what is a big side effect after a few years of hard work and lifestyle changes. They actually have support groups at a local hospital here for people with excess skin after weight loss because it is that polarizing.



This is SO very true! For those w/ less to lose, the health issues associated w/ excess skin generally aren't the same & more often than not tend to be for cosmetic reasons. And for those w/ such great amounts of weight to lose, wearing what literally is a hanging body suit present far greater health issues, actual physical obstacles, & extreme psychological distress.


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