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When after major weight loss should you give your skin to firm up before resorting to plastic surgery?

When after major weight loss should you give your skin to firm up before resorting to plastic surgery?

Depends: The answer will be different for different types of skin and the inherent "quality" of the skin. The amount of weight loss may be a factor. Age plays a role as well. Best to get an exam and consultation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have really bad stretch marks on my upper legs with excessive saggy skin from weight loss. Can i firm this skin or not?

I have really bad stretch marks on my upper legs with excessive saggy skin from weight loss. Can i firm this skin or not?

No.: Matthew, good for you for losing the weight! you can tighten and tone the musculature in your thighs. Unfortunately the loose skin and stretch marks cannot be "toned up." excess skin from dramatic weight loss can only be treated. Y removing it surgically via plastic surgery. Decide how important this is to you and your body image, and if it really matters, look into it. ...Read more

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I have a hard, painless, asymmetrical lump (2 x 1.5 cm) growing below skin on left cheek for one year. Skin is normal. No fever, weight loss. 29 yr F.

I have a hard, painless, asymmetrical lump (2 x 1.5 cm) growing below skin on left cheek for one year. Skin is normal. No fever, weight loss. 29 yr F.

Need to see a Doc: Hard painless lumps and bumps that are present where they are not supposed to be should be evaluated by a healthcare provider, especially one that that size in the facial tissues. ...Read more

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I am experiencing unintentional weight loss, excessive sweating , headache, Dry skin , hard time getting to sleep once asleep hard to wake up.

I am experiencing  unintentional weight loss, excessive sweating , headache, Dry skin , hard time getting to sleep once asleep hard to wake up.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor as unintended weigh loss warrants an investigation. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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How to remove flabby skin after weight loss?

How to remove flabby skin after weight loss?

Depends...: Well... When people lose a lot of weight it can leave them with residual skin. If it's paper thin and resembles rolled up parchment, its truly excessskin and you may need surgery to rid yourself of that problem. But if it's more than a few millimeters thick and fills your hand it's excess fat. Men generally need to get to 10-12% and women 15-17% body fat before considering surgery. ...Read more

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How can I lose extra skin after weight loss?

How can I lose extra skin after weight loss?

Depends: Depending on how much weight you have lost, how fast you lost it, and your skin in general, you may have too much skin for the body to 'return to normal'. It is possible that surgery to remove the extra skin is your only choice. However, without an exam, i can not answer your question accurately. See your doctor to help you decide what to do. ...Read more

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How to tighten skin after weight loss?

How to tighten skin after weight loss?

No easy answer: Congratulations on your weight loss! Keep up the good work with a healthy diet and daily exercise to maintain it. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for excess skin. Typically, the only solution is surgical in nature. I recommend waiting until you see that your weight is stable before undergoing surgery. Don't be discouraged by your skin. You've done something amazing for your health! ...Read more

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How do you deal with loose skin after weight loss?

How do you deal with loose skin after weight loss?

Plastic surgery: Natural skin elasticity can provide moderate degrees of re-tightening (think heidi klum's tummy after 4 children!), but others with less favorable genetics, or those who have lost massive amounts of weight require expert plastic surgical skin excisions: breast lifts, facelifts, tummy tucks, (witch hazel) arm lifts and thigh lifts, or even complete circumferential lower body lifts. Sorry, but no magic! ...Read more

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How can sagging skin after weight loss be treated?

How can sagging skin after weight loss be treated?

Surgery: If your skin's natural elasticity has already degraded enough so that the skin does not snapback, you need to have surgery performed to remove the excess skin. ...Read more

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Is there a way to rid of excess skin after weight loss?

Is there a way to rid of excess skin after weight loss?

Depends: Some skin will tighten up with exercise and building muscle mass after weight loss. If you have a tremendous amount of hanging skin, you should see a specialist in that area to see what options are available to you. My recommendation would be a board certified plastic surgeon with a good reputation in your locality. Don't be afraid to get a second opinion. Congratulations and good luck! ...Read more

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How to tighten lose belly skin after weight loss?

Loose belly skin: Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose tissues after pregnancy or individuals with sagging after major weight loss. ...Read more

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How can I tighten up loose skin after weight loss?

How can I tighten up loose skin after weight loss?

Tighten skin - MWL: Unfortunately there are not many tried and true ways to actually tighten the skin after massive weight loss. The most effective is surgical excision of the excess skin. There are several newer laser, radiofrequency and ultrasound treatments felt to minimally tighten after many somewhat expensive serial treatments. ...Read more

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Would a compression garment help in tightening loose skin after weight loss?

Would a compression garment help in tightening loose skin after weight loss?

No: While it may give the appearance of tightening your skin under clothing, in reality only surgery can remove the excess skin.Unfortunately there will be permanent scars from this surgery. ...Read more

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How can I prevent excess skin after weight loss surgery?

May not be possible: After weight loss surgery, excess flaking is common. The more you lose the more likely there will be excess skin. Exercise can help some, but only so much. Plastic surgery may be needed to remove the extra skin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can prevent excess skin after weight loss surgery?

Excess skin: Well, you can't really prevent it. If you are lucky enough to have very elastic skin, you may not have flabby excess skin after loosing weight, but you can't control that. The way i look at it, if you end up with a lot of excess skin, you should be happy, because it means you successfully lost a lot of weight. You can a always have surgery to remove it. ...Read more

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I m 22 female. Got loose thigh skin after weight loss will thermage help? Does thermage cause infertility if used on thighs?

I m 22 female. Got loose thigh skin after weight loss will thermage help? Does thermage cause infertility if used on thighs?

Skin: You can get rid of unnecessary thigh skin over a reasonable period of time. Please have your doctor refer you to a trainer who would provide you with what needs to be done to move from slight overweight to be absolutely gorgeous! Merry Xmas! ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more