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Dr. Husam Elias
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Loose Skin (Overview)

Dermatochalasis - outermost layer of tissue covering the body may hang is folds due lack of elastic fibers.


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What causes loose skin?

What causes loose skin?

Weight loss or: Loose skin is usually seen in the process of weight loss or natural volume loss of the aging process all over the body, but mainly seen in the face first. There are also some very genetic condition that cause the skin to be loose from birth.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

Dr. Husam Elias
227 doctors shared insights

Loose Skin (Overview)

Dermatochalasis - outermost layer of tissue covering the body may hang is folds due lack of elastic fibers.


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I lost 60 lbs weight wirhin 1 year.I have strech marks& does strech mark mean I have loose skin or so.What can I do?

I lost 60 lbs weight wirhin 1 year.I have strech marks& does strech mark mean I have loose skin or so.What can I do?

Thinning of skin: Stretch marks are common when patients gain and lose a large amount of weight, such as in pregnancy. As the skin stretches, collagen thins, and leaves stretch marks. There are some treatments to improve the appearance. If the stretch marks are red, sometimes laser can help lighten the reddness. Retin a (tretinoin) cream (which is mainly used for acne and photoaging) can help long term but it is irritating. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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How do I treat loose skin while losing weight?

How do I treat loose skin while losing weight?

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 more

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Will I have loose skin if i lose 80 pounds in a couple months?

Will I have loose skin if i lose 80 pounds in a couple months?

Possibly: Every person has a particular genetic skin quality. I have seen people loose a lot of weight and not have hardly any skin laxity; other people have dramatic skin laxity. I have seen the most laxity come from surgical weight loss patients following gastric bypass. Generally, weight loss with diet and exercise seems to do better for skin laxity. Loose skin or not you are better off losing weight. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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What type of cream is effective in treating stretch marks/loose skin?

Nothing Really: Stretch marks come from a damage to the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin. Creams have not been shown to correct stretch marks, because it is a scar in the dermis. There is a new laser out cellulaze that promises to improve cellulite and stretch marks, however the verdict is not in. ...Read more

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Could somatropin help with loose skin caused by weight loss? Is there a point to seek such treatment from an endocrinologist?

Could somatropin help with loose skin caused by weight loss? Is there a point to seek such treatment from an endocrinologist?

Not likely: Because of tightening regulations in regards to growth hormone prescribing, you likely won't find an endocrinologist who will readily prescribe it for this indication. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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What are ways to get rid of loose skin?

What are ways to get rid of loose skin?

Excision: Although there are many lotion, potions, creams, lasers and machines thatnmakr this claim and may accomplished minor improvements in the range of 0-15%, the only definitive way to treat loose skin is by excision. ...Read more

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What's the best way to prevent loose skin after loosing weight?

What's the best way to prevent loose skin after loosing weight?

Can't prevent: Congratulations, the loose skin is due to the loss of adipose tisue (fat) under the skin. Your body needs time to heal and tighten up but thats a great thing. Be patient. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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How can I avoid loose skin during weight lose?

How can I avoid loose skin during weight lose?

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

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Since I am losing about a pound a day would i get loose skin?

Since I am losing about a pound a day would i get loose skin?

That is fast.: Losing 7 pounds of fat a week is very rapid. I assume you had bariatric surgery? The amount of loose skin depends on the overall weight loss and the time the person was heavy for. Worry about your lifestyle for now. When you weight stabilizes, if you aren't happy with the skin see a board certified plastic surgeon. If you lose a great deal of weight (>100 lbs) excess skin is a good possibility. ...Read more

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Loose skin from large weight loss. Other than surgery, can anything be done to tighten skin? What are anesthesia risks for young/healthy person?

Loose skin from large weight loss. Other than surgery, can anything be done to tighten skin?  What are anesthesia risks for young/healthy person?

See Plastic Surgeon.: Congratulations on your successful weight loss. Once you have achieved long-term stable weight, seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons to discuss options. Select your plastic surgeon carefully; ask to see lots of examples of his/her work helping patients in your situation. Surgical excision of the “loose skin" ( operations such as arm lifting, tummy tuck...) usually necessary. ...Read more

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What causes loose skin?

Weight loss or: Loose skin is usually seen in the process of weight loss or natural volume loss of the aging process all over the body, but mainly seen in the face first. There are also some very genetic condition that cause the skin to be loose from birth.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
Once
See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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Can you fix loose skin?

Loose skin: Face can be tightened a small degree with co2 laser but plastic surgeons do most with surgery. ...Read more

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What makes loose skin shrink to normal?

Elasticity: Once your skin has been stretched past its innate elasticity, only plastic surgery can tighten loose skin. Other treatments, such as rf (radio frequency), laser, or creams and lotions only provide minimal improvements. If your skin is youthful and you are not obese, your skin still has a unique degree of elasticity that would allow some degree of return to normal, as after pregnancy. ...Read more

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How can I avoid loose skin during weight lose?

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

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What are the best exercises to firm up loose skin?

No such thing: There are no exercises to firm up loose skin. Sorry! the only way this might work is by increasing the size of the underlying muscles so much that the skin tightens around the larger muscles. This is rarely desirable. Perhaps female arms or a male chest might be improved this way on occasion, but for thighs or abdomen, very few people want to make these areas bigger so that the skin is not loose. ...Read more

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How can I minimize loose skin as much as possible?

Size, sun, and smoke: The three main causes of loose skin (besides the normal loosening that comes with aging) are changing size, smoking tobacco, and sun (or tanning bed) exposure. Weight gain and then loss, especially after 35 or so, results in loose skin as the weight gain stretched it and then it remains somewhat loose after weight loss. Nicotine and ultra violet light destroy the elasticity of the skin ...Read more

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How can you tell if its just fat or just loose skin?

How can you tell if its just fat or just loose skin?

Do a pinch test: Fat and skin are easy to tell apart. The skin is not thick, measuring approximately 1 centimeter.( 1/5 of an inch) fat varies in thickness. The best way to figure out how much fat is located in a certain area, is to do a pinch test. Simply take your thumb and index finger, and pinch your abdomen. If you find a thickness of 1 to 5 inches, this is mostly fat since skin thickness is quite small. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Loose skin?

Loose skin: Dermatochalasis - outermost layer of tissue covering the body may hang is folds due lack of elastic fibers. ...Read more

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Can I have excess/loose skin if i lose 100 lbs in a year?

Yes: Massive weight loss almost always leads to loose skin. Unfortunately the only way to deal with the loose skin is to have it excised. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between fat and loose skin?

How can you tell the difference between fat and loose skin?

Pinch test: We all need some subcutaneous fat or we would look really gross. If you want to know if you have excess fat amenable to liposuction, grab the area of concern and lightly pinch it between thumb and forefinger. If there is less than an inch between the two, then it is mostly skin and lipo is unlikely to work. Also if skin is hanging over, lipo alone is unlikely to work. ...Read more

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How can one tell the difference between fat and loose skin?

Fat : You pinch the tissue and your fingers are separated by fat. If no fat is present u can poch the tissue and your fingers will nearly touch. ...Read more

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What do the experts think, should my loose skin ever go away?

What do the experts think, should my loose skin ever go away?

Unfortuneatley no: If you have loose skin as a result of pregnancy or weight fluctuations, it is unlikely to improve on it's own. A plastic surgeon can examine your areas of concern and recommended appropriate skin tightening procedures. ...Read more