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    • Gingernutty
    • By Gingernutty 29th May 16, 10:28 PM
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    Loose skin after losing weight
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    • 29th May 16, 10:28 PM
    Loose skin after losing weight 29th May 16 at 10:28 PM
    I started a fitbit 'thing' last October, I am losing weight and have lost about 2st 10lb so far.

    About 3st to go

    I've gone from a size 22 to a (just about) size 16.

    I'm pleased with the weight loss and I am feeling much better in myself, however there is starting to be a problem with loose skin.

    It's not as bad as the extreme weight loss people one sees in the news who are holding armfuls of flabby gut but it's starting to worry me.

    I can flap my bingo wings and the skin on my upper thighs is starting to 'sag' over my knees.

    The advice seems to be carry on losing weight, get to the goal weight, maintain for a couple of years and if the skin hasn't shrunk back by then, start saving the pennies for skin reduction surgery.

    I'm moisturising on a regular basis but the only exercise I getting is walking (10,000 steps a day and gardening).

    On a previous thread I had tried a gym but post viral labyrintitis means I can easily lose my balance and have little co-ordination so had to give that up.

    Are there any exercises which can help?
    Don't know what I'm doing, but doing it anyway...
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    • UKTigerlily
    • By UKTigerlily 30th May 16, 12:19 AM
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    • 30th May 16, 12:19 AM
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    • 30th May 16, 12:19 AM
    Hey and well done on the weight loss, that's fantastic! I too have the same worries about skin, especially as I can't afford surgery. I'd say, if you can afford it, hire a Personal Trainer. Mine is an Injury Rehab specialist and works with me despite three illnesses and an injury that has now cleared up. They should be able to help you with exercises you can do and to be there in case of any problems etc

    I have heard that drinking plenty of water helps, but I don't know if that's true! Could you do weight bearing exercises at home? Like push/press ups, lunges; tricep dips & squats etc? These may help build some muscle and that would help with any excess skin.

    I constantly worry about my arms being bad when done, but I should look ok in clothes and will be so much healthier so will hopefully just learn to deal with it and see it as something showing how well i've done (and I have 11st in total to lose, to take me to the middle of the healthy BMI). So far i'm around halfway and look the same but smaller, though I know my arms have got smaller but can't tell yet if they will be ok or not!

    Good luck & others will be along to advise you (oh and apparently body brushing helps and with cellulite too but again, I don't know myself)
    2015 weight loss: 86/100Ibs
    • FBaby
    • By FBaby 30th May 16, 8:30 AM
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    • 30th May 16, 8:30 AM
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    • 30th May 16, 8:30 AM
    Well done for the weight loss, massive accomplishment.

    Unfortunately, skin sagging is something that can do very little to prevent as it very much depends on the elasticity of the skin and that is very much in the structure of our skin we are born with. That means that you can have 50yo losing tons of weight with no skin tagging whilst some 20yo will have it very bad. Exercise will not help. It will build muscle (very gradually), so might make the appearance a bit better, but it will make no difference at all to the actual hanging skin.

    Indeed, only surgery will resolve it.
    • Gingernutty
    • By Gingernutty 30th May 16, 11:39 AM
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    • 30th May 16, 11:39 AM
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    • 30th May 16, 11:39 AM
    Well done for the weight loss, massive accomplishment.

    Unfortunately, skin sagging is something that can do very little to prevent as it very much depends on the elasticity of the skin and that is very much in the structure of our skin we are born with. That means that you can have 50yo losing tons of weight with no skin tagging whilst some 20yo will have it very bad. Exercise will not help. It will build muscle (very gradually), so might make the appearance a bit better, but it will make no difference at all to the actual hanging skin.

    Indeed, only surgery will resolve it.
    Originally posted by FBaby
    Yeah, thought as much.
    Don't know what I'm doing, but doing it anyway...
    • Judi
    • By Judi 23rd Sep 16, 9:24 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 9:24 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 9:24 AM
    To make your skin again normal, I suggest you to take up massage palper-rouler. It is a good way to keep your skin and body in perfect condition. I think it will be useful for you too.
    Originally posted by AngeloGonzales
    Thought that was only for cellulite.

    Unfortunately for me whenever i lose weight i lose it from my face which makes my face look slightly saggier.

    Facial exercises help a little but not enough. I'd like to keep my chubby (sounds better than fat) face but lose the rest (preferably not off my boobs either).

    Unfortunately you cant pick and choose.
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    • fireblade28
    • By fireblade28 23rd Sep 16, 12:50 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 12:50 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 12:50 PM
    Follow this advice and reassess in 6 months all depends how much there is.

    http://http://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-get-rid-of-loose-skin-after-weight-loss/

    It may go with more weight loss and bit more muscle. Even if you are not going to the gym body weight squats what you hold onto chairs because of your balance issues. Add weight by wearing a rucksack etc etc.

    There's always a way. Good luck!
    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 23rd Sep 16, 1:38 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 1:38 PM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 1:38 PM
    There was a man talking on the Tv news last week. Can't remember the exact numbers but he'd gone from about 35 stone down to 17 stone but the skin was still there. He'd been trying to get an operation at his local hospital and they told him he didn't meet the criteria.
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    • Gingernutty
    • By Gingernutty 24th Sep 16, 2:47 PM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 2:47 PM
    I'd say, if you can afford it, hire a Personal Trainer. Mine is an Injury Rehab specialist and works with me despite three illnesses and an injury that has now cleared up. They should be able to help you with exercises you can do and to be there in case of any problems etc
    Originally posted by UKTigerlily
    I suspect a spammer resurrected this thread, but I'll give you an update anyway.

    I joined a gym and have a personal trainer.

    Although there's no obvious difference yet, I am acquiring muscle and working on strength and stamina.
    Don't know what I'm doing, but doing it anyway...
    • helcat26
    • By helcat26 24th Sep 16, 2:51 PM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 2:51 PM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 2:51 PM
    has anyone tried the radio frequency skin tightening
    • .Gigolo Aunt
    • By .Gigolo Aunt 24th Sep 16, 3:16 PM
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    I think the trick is to lose the weight slowly, so that the skin can adjust itself accordingly. Ask your GP for advice.
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 24th Sep 16, 3:49 PM
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    What is the criteria for surgery for this please
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    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 24th Sep 16, 4:18 PM
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    I think the trick is to lose the weight slowly, so that the skin can adjust itself accordingly. Ask your GP for advice.
    Originally posted by .Gigolo Aunt
    If you've got a lot of weight to lose, i.e. anything above 5 stone, then the rate at which weight is lost becomes irrelevant as there will always be an element of loose skin. Obviously age can play a factor but also the type of collagen your skin has is also important.

    For people with a lot of excess weight to lose its a compromise that has to be made between poor health and shortened life expectancy due to obesity or losing weight and carrying excessive skin.

    In the most severe cases then the NHS will fund certain surgical procedures to remove it but there is strict criteria in place and not all PCTs will agree to it.
    • Angry Bear
    • By Angry Bear 24th Sep 16, 4:37 PM
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    I've lost almost 8 stone now and I've done everything "right" in terms of skin:
    - I drink lots of water
    - I exercise a LOT (and have built quite a bit of muscle)
    - I moisturise regularly
    - I lost weight slowly ~5 years
    - I'm reasonably young (mid 30s)

    I'm not TOO bad (not as bad as you might expect for 8 stones weight loss) but I still have a fair bit of excess skin that I have come to accept that nothing except surgery is going to shift.

    So I'm biting the bullet and have a surgical consultation coming up, assuming I'm a good candidate I hope to have the surgery towards the end of the year. In case anyone comes across this thread and is still interested/curious later - feel free to PM me and once I reach a suitable point I'll be happy to share my stories/photos (possibly )/reports.
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    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 24th Sep 16, 5:24 PM
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    I've lost almost 8 stone now and I've done everything "right" in terms of skin:
    - I drink lots of water
    - I exercise a LOT (and have built quite a bit of muscle)
    - I moisturise regularly
    - I lost weight slowly ~5 years
    - I'm reasonably young (mid 30s)

    I'm not TOO bad (not as bad as you might expect for 8 stones weight loss) but I still have a fair bit of excess skin that I have come to accept that nothing except surgery is going to shift.

    So I'm biting the bullet and have a surgical consultation coming up, assuming I'm a good candidate I hope to have the surgery towards the end of the year. In case anyone comes across this thread and is still interested/curious later - feel free to PM me and once I reach a suitable point I'll be happy to share my stories/photos (possibly )/reports.
    Originally posted by Angry Bear
    My sister is very similar to you, although she had a gastric bypass around 8 years ago which helped her to lose around 10 stone. As the weight came off she started going to the gym more and more, which increased her confidence and helped her to gain more muscle.

    But her turning point was when she started strength training and lifting weights. Her body shape totally changed and she reached a level whereby she could enter competitions but the excess skin and the fact she couldn't hide it in the Lycra gym wear made her incredibly depressed.

    She was fine in the gym amongst friends but couldn't bear to go public. The upshot is she found out from her GP that she qualified for NHS funding for surgery to get the excess skin removed and since then she's never looked back. It was a life changing event for her.

    She's gone from a 20+ stone diabetic who had sleep apnoea and struggled to walk some days to a 10 stone successful weight lifting champion who would put women half her age to shame!

    To look at her now, it's hard to imagine her as she was at 20+ stone.
    • ali-t
    • By ali-t 14th Oct 16, 8:51 AM
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    I havent tried it consistently myself but body brushing and drinking lots of water is meant to help. The last time i lost a significant amount of weight i used clarins tonic oil (yellow body oil) after showering and didnt have any loose skin.

    using a powerplate is also meant to be good for skin tightening.
    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!
    • juliafreitaslove
    • By juliafreitaslove 21st Oct 16, 7:22 AM
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    Well, I will definitely not recommend you to save pennies for skin surgery. Skin surgery is not the solution, plus it is quite an expensive solution too. Throwing money is not a wise decision, there are plenty of skin care products available in the market, give them a try first, If you don't get satisfied with the results, then you can go for skin surgery.
    As of now you must try derma e Scar Gel, cost around $20 and gets you away from stubborn marks.

    Mederma Scar Cream Plus: cost around $21 and have a reputation for results and protect your skin from sun rays. try them out and it will help prevent skin damaging for sure.
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