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Ladka 04-29-2011 10:01 PM

Extra skin. What to do??
Hello! I have lose 20 pounds in 1 month. And I have to lose 30 pounds more. What to do with my "extra" skin?? :confused: How you manage it? Help! Help!!

mecompco 04-29-2011 10:51 PM

Short of surgery, I don't think there is much one can do. If you build some muscle under it, it may get tighter and may a bit over time anyway. It's not pretty, but it beats being fat!


Ladka 04-29-2011 11:22 PM

Thank you Michael.
I have joined a gym. But I am losing my weight faster, than I will build muscles.
How about the long term fasting? Probably my body will "eat" the extra skin. Or massage? Or body wraps? Thanks!!

cjohnson728 04-30-2011 12:09 AM

I have heard that slower weight loss gives you better elasticity in your skin and makes it easier for it to "shrink to fit" your new body.

But I don't think 20 pounds in a month counts as slow weight loss; that may be why you are noticing it. Maybe if you slow down your rate of loss, that will help.

Your body will NOT "eat" the extra skin, and wraps and the like are temporary solutions that draw out water.

Ladka 04-30-2011 03:00 AM

Hello. Now I lose about 2 pounds per week. Is it to much? Thanks!

cjohnson728 04-30-2011 03:08 AM

One to two pounds per week is considered a safe loss medically that is more likely to stay off, but I don't know how that amount in particular would affect excess skin...I would think it would be okay.

grp9748 04-30-2011 01:35 PM

extra skin
not being a smart a but I went to a Bariatric seminar and this question was asked. Doctors answer short of unnecessary and expensive plastic surgury thats what clothes are for. Since then I've noticed folks with gigantic weight lose always are dressed very nicely

Esofia 05-06-2011 12:13 PM

No idea if it's really true, but fans of dry skin brushing claim that it may help with the loose skin problem. It's generally meant to be a very healthy thing to do.

I'd also look into what women do about more or less the same problem when they give birth, as that's basically a very sudden form of weight loss. Moisturising and exercise spring to mind.

And yes, 1-2lb per week is the figure that's always quoted as the best speed for weight loss.

Kumochi 05-06-2011 12:54 PM

They younger you are the more elastic your skin should be. Since I don't have that advantage I am doing everything I can to increase the elasticity - hoping my skin will snap back a bit at least. I have been taking Biosil -- which is to help the elastin in your skin. I am switching to a prodauct for hair, nails and skin. Even if they don't prevent the loose skin they do help with smooth skin and better nails. I also use lotions for moisture. I agree that most of us look better in clothes anyway. If I reach my goal and have a real problem with loose skin I may opt for surgery -- a great use of the old age pension I'll start getting in Sept. LOL Mary

stamatiaa 05-07-2011 05:38 AM

Anything that improves overall health will probably help the skin recover, so good nutrition is essential. I also used compression clothing. Always exercised wearing compression clothing to support the skin and the deep under layers of the skin. You certainly don't need the skin stretching any more! I swear sauna also seemed to work.

Best of luck!

Ladka 06-24-2011 01:51 AM

Hello! Thanks to all for your help. I made a good progress, my skin is looks much much better now. What I did: I joined the aqua aerobic class for gidro-massage. I massaged my problem arias with simple wood hand massager to the red skin and used some moistening and anti-cellulite creams after. Also I wrapped my body one or two times per week.
I still doing all of this. I have to lose 20 more pounds and fix that weight. Wish me luck :)

Florida Ray 07-10-2011 05:29 PM

I try to set a goal of losing 2 or 3 pounds each week. I have not lost enough yet to have the "Extra Skin" problem, but I think losing the weight is the first step and then dealing with the skin is next. I do not have an answer as to what can be done. I suspect as time goes by, it should decrease a little. I frown on surgery, but I can see where some people might opt for that. Best wishes!

Annah_H 07-10-2011 07:07 PM

if you have medical insurance and if the skin does not go back, you can always have your doctor right is up as the skin is giving you severe irritation due to the moisture build up between the folds of skin.

That is medical evidence enough in the United States to have a tummy tuck or other skin removals covered under insurance.

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