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How Do I Tighten Loose Abdominal Skin After Losing Weight
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tummy Tuck: If you have loose tummy skin after pregnancy and weight loss then you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. The abdominal muscles and skin may become lax after pregnancy. If diet and exercise do not restore your tummy then a tummy tuck could be the answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loose arms MWL: The mainstay of arm tightening after massive weight loss is a brachioplasty or arm lift. This involves excision of the excess skin along the upper arm and axilla. This is a relatively easy procedure but the scarring often takes a little longer to mature than other body contouring sites. It may take 18-24 months. ...Read more
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
Supportive garments: Unfortunately there is no magic sure for getting skin to shrink. This is the reason that eyelid tucks (witch hazel), (witch hazel) face lifts, breast lifts and tummy tucks (witch hazel) are still performed. Wearing supportive garment and waiting at least 4 months once you have achieved a stable weight is probably the best course of action. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lose pregnancy wt: Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein/veggie/fruit/water intake, and start doing some cardiovascular exercise. Work on doing a little of all of these. There really isn't any way to get rid of the stretch marks without surgery (tummy tuck) to remove the stretched skin. ...Read more
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
Don't know: How much weight have you lost? Typically, the younger an individual, the more elastic their skin is. Also, the rapidity in which you gained the weight can frequently "tear" the skin and result in stretch marks. If you have stretch marks, this typically means that you have poor elasticity. There are no ointments, potions or creams that can restore elasticity. ...Read more
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
Loose skin after MWL: Unfortunately, most of the laxity of the skin after massive weight loss is determined by factors that may not be easily changed, ie, maximum lifetime weight, final weight, genetic and age related skin elasticity. In general gaining and losing weight slowly are often associated with the best results and many people swear by intense moisturizing with olive oil, coconut oil or cocoa butter products. ...Read more
Sagging skin: Rapid weight loss does tend to cause skin to sag. Give the skin 90 days to 6 months to catch up. Drink more water and take antioxidatn suplement as well. ...Read more
See a plastic surgeo: The results from various lasers and other related devices are modest. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abdominoplasty!: The only real answer here (after triplets) is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This can remove the extra skin, but more importantly, repair the stretched muscles of your abdominal wall. This is best after your family is complete (i bet it is now!) and may need to wait until the triplets are old enough that you can recover appropriately after the procedure. You should not lift over ten pounds for 6 wks. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
The hoy grail..: That is the holy grail of plastic surgery. How do you make skin shrink or more elastic or less aged without surgery. No one knows for sure. While some lasers may help, this is genrally only a fraction of what is needed. Stretch marks can occur in very thin i dividualized and not always related to weight gain and loss. So until then lose weight slowly and consistently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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