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Doctor insights on: If I Lose Weight Will I Have Excess Skin

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How can I lose weight without getting excess skin?

How can I lose weight without getting excess skin?

Morbid obesity?: Except for extreme cases of obesity, a well-paced diet/exercise program should result in a slow and steady loss that has minimal if any excess skin. In the extreme cases, I expect the fat is no less attractive than loose skin and worse for health. Work w/ experts on a plan. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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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


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If you lose weight quickly, can you develop excess skin?

If you lose weight quickly, can you develop excess skin?

Lose weight: First of all do not try and lose weight quickly. You will not feel yourself. 2-4 lbs weight loss a month is what you should aim for. If you lose weight slowly the "excess skin" should get much less. ...Read more

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I have about 100lbs to lose. What can I do to not have excess skin left as I lose weight? Is there a type of exercise I can do?

I have about 100lbs to lose. What can I do to not have excess skin left as I lose weight? Is there a type of exercise I can do?

Not really, but. . .: The amount of visible loose skin depends on a few things. Young skin is more elastic and more likely to tighten up by itself. People have looser, saggier skin as they age. Some people are "lucky" and have naturally more-elastic skin than their friends do. Losing weight gradually, while continuing to exercise all the parts of the body, can build more shape to muscles and reduce the loose skin look. ...Read more

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Is there a way for a teenager to lose weight drastically without getting all of that excess skin?

Is there a way for a teenager to lose weight drastically without getting all of that excess skin?

No: The excess skin will be maximize by rapid weight loss. Drastic weight reduction does not work over the long term. Learning healthy lifestyle eating and activity is your best way to maintain weight loss and reduce the problem of excess skin. Weight loss should be no more than 1-2 pounds per week. ...Read more

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If i lose weight, will I have hanging skin?

If i lose weight, will I have hanging skin?

Depends: The answer depends mostly on how much excess weight do you have and the time-frame for the weight loss. If your weight loss is extreme and fast, it is highly likely that you will have hanging skin. A plastic surgeon can help out with these sort of issues. ...Read more

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If im fat and i lose weight will my skin hang?

If im fat and i lose weight will my skin hang?

Quick weight loss: Quick weight loss will sometimes result in sagging skin, exercise and slow and deliberate weight loss will allow time for skin to accommodate and lessen sagging. ...Read more

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If I lose weight will my breast skin tighten and will they lift back up?

If I lose weight will my breast skin tighten and will they lift back up?

Sorry no: If your breasts are sagging, further weight loss will increase this, they do not tighten up. :(. ...Read more

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Ive been on methylprednisolone since 2010 i.have a moonface and a double chin, if i lose weight will my double chin turn into sagging skin?

Possible: The steroids can contribute to moon face and double chin. As you lose weight it is possible your face will change, however, at such a young age this will not likely be a flaw in your looks. Stay with your doctors recommendations. Be well. ...Read more

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Does skin itch when you lose weight?

Does skin itch when you lose weight?

Usually not: Generalized itching has many causes, but weight loss usually isn't one of them. Thyroid disease, iron deficiency, and gall bladder or liver disease are some causes of itching that could be related to excessive weight loss. ...Read more

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If I lose weight fast, will I have a lot of extra skin hanging over?

If I lose weight fast, will I have a lot of extra skin hanging over?

Lax skin with loss: It depends on your age and degree of weight loss. Although previous striae may become worse looking with weight loss, they will not be caused by the weight loss. For the most part they were caused by the weight gain that preceded the weight loss. However, it is common for patients to seek surgical correction or other treatments after successful weight loss to eliminate the loose skin. ...Read more