What To Do About Loose Skin After Weight Loss?
A Million Dollar Question…
Losing weight is a wonderful thing…
It isn’t embarrassing to work out for months,
Follow a strict diet plan,
Show an extreme amount of patience,
And finally, end up with a frustrating loose skin?
About 80% of the people who lose weight encounter a saggy, slouchy and flabby skin, especially when they rush to lose weight fast.
This seriously puts a negative effect on their confidence, appearance and quality of life.
If you are reading this article, you probably have the same questions in your mind.
“Will You Get Rid Of Loose Skin If You Lose Weight?”
“Can Loose Skin After Weight Loss Go Away?”
Did you know that the typical fear all the obese people have is fear of having the ugly, loose skin? This is such a hypercritical issue that people keep on their weight just to avoid the myth of sagging skin that is really not a myth at all.
If insanely you are amongst those who are afraid of losing weight just because of losing the skin, I strongly recommend you to read this blog post till the end.
Why Do People Have Loose Skin After Weight Loss?
Skin is one of those phenomenal organs that have elasticity. It helps to contract and relax along with the growth of the body. Elasticity is a damn good thing as it protects skin from cracking and itching.
But did you know that the key factor of loose skin is not anything but ELASTICITY… The lack of elasticity.
You can see that when the skin’s elasticity is gone, the skin cannot come back to its actual state. It is deformed permanently, more likely to have plasticity instead of elasticity.
There are some factors that influence the skin’s elasticity. They are:
- Hereditary Factor
Some people get loose and inelastic skin hereditarily. They are prone to look aged before time. They have a very low chance to get vibrant elastic skin only that they should take care of skin at a very early age.
If you are obese, your skin has stretched so immensely that by losing weight, you can lose the elasticity too. If you are 200 lbs and you have to lose 50 extra pounds, expect to have loose skin.
- Time Element
How long have you been overweight?
Length of time being overweight is important. When you stay obese for years, you have very little chance to get that smart look back.
- Age of the Skin
Skin loses elasticity as you get older. That’s why wrinkles appear in old age. Young skin is possible to shrink back patently after weight loss as compared to aging skin.
These are powerful reasons to lose the skin’s elasticity and to have saggy skin. Yet, only the loose skin may not be the factor that demotivates you from losing weight.
Losing weight is sometimes a health issue and your health is/and it should be prior to the looks and beauty.
Can Only Weight Loss Cause Loose Skin?
Apart from a quick weight loss, there are many other things that cause skin to hang down. They are:
- Premature aging.
- Various skin diseases.
- Post-pregnancy routine.
- Serious and prolonged illness.
I’m here to talk about the common issue that causes loose skin, and that is nothing but weight loss. I must tell you that there are several tips and remedies to tighten sagging skin, which can definitely help you resolve the subject.
Can Excess Skin Appear After Weight Loss Surgery?
Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, the former president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) offers a bit of advice. He says:
“Many bariatric surgery patients have the probability of loose skin after surgery. Excessive sagging of skin is the most common issue in weight loss surgery patients confront. I consider it to be the biggest hurdle in the way of weight loss experience.”
Surgical weight loss also has an outcome of poorly hanging skin, and so is the case with natural weight loss. That’s the situation you have to face by hook or crook.
How much weight loss causes loose skin?
- What was your weight?
- How tall are you?
- Are you addicted to sugar and soda?
- What was your weight-loss diet plan?
- Do you keep yourself hydrated?
- Do you have a genetic background of obesity?
To be honest, there is no particular digit. But the above points may help you educate yourself on how much you should be conscious when you are working for weight loss. Keep reading the directions below for further details.
Does Everyone Wear Loose Skin After Major Weight Loss?
It’s not a universal fact that implies to everyone.
I’ve seen many people who lost over 100 lbs and got a tiny amount of loose skin.
I’ve also met people who lost only a few pounds, but they have a painful experience to end up with an ugly figure.
Here is a list of 17 ladies who have shared their photos of the post-weight loss body figure. You can see how common the loose skin problem is.
Can Loose Skin After Weight Loss Go Away On Its Own?
There are circumstances that predict how much your skin behaves during weight loss.
Understand the quality of your skin.
The after-weight-loss shock can be minimized. It happens when you put your skin on top priority during the weight loss journey.
Nothing in this world comes for free and so is your sagging skin. You can definitely get rid of it with a few tips, tricks, and strategies.
What Are The Problems Related to Loose And Sagging Skin?
Loose skin, because of weight loss, may cause physical, psychological and emotional defiance.
Here are a few of them:
- You Get Ugly Looks:
You’ll look ugly and bad when your skin loses its springiness. You would start regretting the time you lost weight.
I’ve seen the people who left the gym or did outdoor exercises just because people stare at the flapping skin.
- Difficulty in Physical Activity
Bad physical posture intervenes in normal everyday activity. The more skin hangs, the more uncomfortable you will be in doing an activity.
- Skin Irritation:
Many people go for skin surgeries to overcome the itchiness, infection, sores, and ulcers in the skin.
How Weight Loss ends up with a dreadful result!! That couldn’t be exactly like that if you practically implement the following advice.
How to Minimize the Prospect of Loose Skin During Weight Loss?
As stated above, there are several things that can be done to avoid sagging skin altogether. Since you may not entirely avoid loose skin thoroughly, you can indeed improve your skin’s ability to backtrack.
Here are some key points to keep in mind, to minimize the likeliness of loose skin.
Be patient! Lose weight slowly!!
Make a gradual and steady routine of weight loss.
Just 1 or 2 pounds a week is quite enough.
Your skin needs time to catch up.
When you want an overnight change, how would the skin get time to contract in a healthy way?
Add Plenty of Proteins to Your Plate:
Collagen, a kind of protein, is present in all the body’s tissues. It helps to sustain the body structure. Its function is to support the tendons, cartilage, and skin. The skin’s elasticity and firmness is caused by collagen.
The problem is, when you don’t eat enough amount of protein, your body breaks down the protein in your body that hinders the production of collagen.
Eat protein-rich foods to minimize the chance of hanging skin.
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Get a Regular Massage:
Massage improves blood circulation to the skin and helps to refresh the skin.
It works equally for the reduction of cellulite that is another disgusting issue that comes along with obesity.
Take A Supplement Or Multivitamin:
Sometimes we don’t arrange a perfectly balanced diet for meals.
A good supplement or a multivitamin fulfills the daily needs of all the essential vitamins, proteins, and minerals.
For a good skin, you need iron, selenium, zinc along with vitamin A, C, E, B-complex, and vitamin K. Make sure you have a daily dose of all these in the correct proportion.
Now comes the real story:
What to Do About Loose Skin After Weight Loss?
1.Medical (Surgical) Treatment:
They are necessary if you get a major weight loss.
Here is a video in which Dr. Jeremy Hunt, a plastic surgeon in Edgecliff, Australia, will operate an excess skin patient.
(Tuck or Lift Surgery)
“It’s important not to mix up body-contouring and cosmetic surgery. Seriously, it’s more than that.”
It is often demanded by patients who get any of the weight loss surgery like bariatric surgery for weight loss. This is primarily done after two years of weight loss.
Body-contouring surgery is followed by a large incision. It depletes excess skin and fat. Very fine and minute stitches are made to avoid scar tissue to develop.
Body-contouring surgeries are done for the following organs:
- Removal of skin from the breasts and back. (Upper-body lift)
- Abdominal skin or tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Removal of skin from the buttocks, hips, and thighs. (Lower-body lift)
- Removal of skin from the inner and outer thighs. (Medium thigh lift)
- Removal of skin from the arms. Brachioplasty. (Arm lift)
This surgery requires one to three days of hospital stay. After that, recovery at home needs two to four weeks. Though it is getting more popular day by day, few side effects like bleeding and infections are observed in some patients.
2. Cosmetic Treatment:
Nonsurgical, cosmetic procedures also help to recover loose skin.
These procedures may include:
The removal of the outermost layer of aged and flabby skin is chemical peeling. It can, up to a great extent, decrease the appearance of loose and wrinkled skin, particularly on the face and neck. The skin underneath the outer layer is less saggy.
Here, radiation having the wavelength of radio-waves is made to enter the skin, inducing collagen production. This method focuses on the outermost layer of the skin as the radio-waves have less penetrating power.
Ablative Laser Resurfacing:
This is laser peeling, just like chemical peeling. The plus point is, here the warm laser beams evolve the heat in the skin to stimulate collagen production. The same procedure goes for IPL/RF treatment, where intense pulse light (IPL) and radiofrequency (RF) are used. The entire process facilitates collagen production.
Ultrasound Skin Firming:
This is another form of safe energy transfer to the skin. In this process, parallel ultrasound radiation is passed into the inner layer of the skin. The heat again boosts up the collagen production.
Botulinum, (a toxin) exhibits the feature to relax wrinkles, which is injected into the skin. It requires a very small recovery time and lessens the appearance of sagging skin.
These are all examples of minimally invasive, nonsurgical techniques for reducing loose skin. There are also surgeries to remove loose skin. These are known as body-contouring surgeries.
3. Use of Sea Salt Scrubs:
Scrubbing (at a moderate level) improves the blood flow through the skin and thus increases the elasticity.
Sea salt is excellent for whole body scrub. It contains a mineral called Bromide that gives a soothing effect to the skin.
But wait!! Use the sea salt with a smooth and fine texture. Otherwise, it multiplies the looseness instead of reducing it.
Here is Heather’s homemade dead sea salt scrub. It gently exfoliates, infusing essential minerals to the skin that enhances the skin’s elasticity.
4. Balanced Diet:
A balanced diet contains all food essentials in the correct proportion. It all needs to decorate a dining table with veggies, fruits, and healthy drinks.
Not for all, but most times, I’ve seen people reaching their weight loss goals with a firm, fresh and healthy skin. It’s all about the food… Healthy food, that makes the skin bounce back in the charming matrix.
5. Don’t Use Rough Soaps & Sulfates:
Prefer soaps and body washes with natural ingredients like milk, honey, flower extracts, and oils like coconut, jojoba, and tea tree oil, etc.
The chemically rich soaps contain sulfates that dry the skin’s natural moisture. Dry skin loses its elasticity more than oily skin.
6. Ensure a Weekly Massage:
Massage is an amazing therapy. Treat yourself with a full body massage. I suggest a weekly massage. But if you can arrange it, twice a week is so good.
It’s better to hire a masseuse for this purpose. At least during your weight loss journey. You’ll find the massage more relaxing and calming if you add some essential oils in the regular massage oil.
7. Use Good Quality Firming Creams:
Firming creams have overnice effects on the skin. They not only firm in the skin but also additional hydration.
Though they don’t have a long-lasting effect on skin, they still are in common practice. Probably because of their short-term skin tightening effect.
Never forget to follow the ingredients when you shop for firming creams. They must include Retinoids, which hinder free radical damage that can adversely affect collagen.
This was all about “What To Do About Loose Skin After Weight Loss?”
Hope you’ll find this article helpful to get rid of excessive flabbiness in your skin.
If you lose weight gradually, nicely and progressively, your skin will, as a result, tighten up and “rebound” with the weight-loss.
I want you and your gorgeous skin to “Reduce” together.