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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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How to tighten lose belly skin after weight loss?

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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Can laser tone saggy thigh skin from weight loss?

Laser saggy skin: At your age it will eventually get better as the skin reconstructions itself. I would not do laser. Keep up the good work on the weight loss. ...Read more

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Will my skin sag after loosing weight?

Will my skin sag after loosing weight?

Maybe: It depends on the amount of weight you lose, how healthy you are, how badly it was stretched to begin with... ...Read more

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Why does skin sag after weight loss?

Why does skin sag after weight loss?

Like a sweater: The "sag" is due to loss of elasticity, particularly collagen and elastin. It is something we all face with significant weight loss ... But don't focus too much on it. Focus on your achievement and health. I have lost over 100 lbs and know all about skin sag =) but always refocus on the positive side and how far you have come. Be proud of who you are. Skin sag is a reminder of your success. ...Read more

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Loose skin after rapid weight loss. How to remove this?

Loose skin after rapid weight loss. How to remove this?

Exercise: Can help firm up the muscles underneath the skin, but the only way to actually get rid of the excess skin is through surgery. ...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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Will thermage or skin tightening lasers tone saggy skin on thighs post weight loss.Age 23 female.will gaining weight help?

Will thermage or skin tightening lasers tone saggy skin on thighs post weight loss.Age 23 female.will gaining weight help?

It can: There are several skin tightening treatments that could help including thermage. See a couple of docs to ask. Gaining weight will help to fill in the skin but of course it will make you heavy again! ...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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Got saggy skin post weight loss. Will gaining the weight back reverse the saggy skin? I m 22 year old girl.

Dont bet on it: the distribution of weight on and off is genetic, not able to be altered w/out surgery and NOT the same going on and coming off. ...Read more

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How can I tighten loose skin on arms after heavy weight loss ?

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

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Can losing weight cause loose skin?

Can losing weight cause loose skin?

Loose skin: Losing a large amount of weight faster than the skin can accommodate will definitely lead to loose skin. Weight loss of 10-30 pounds shouldn't cause that. ...Read more

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Can a saggy body after weight loss tone with weight training exercises?Age 22 female. Also have strech marks.

Can a saggy body after weight loss tone with weight training exercises?Age 22 female. Also have strech marks.

Self-Image: I commend you for your commitment for weight loss and Training Exercises. Do not depreciate yourself by saying “saggy body”; Say, “All systems of your body are functioning well” Focus on your Inner Beauty of your qualities and achievements. Do Yoga; Feel the Wonder of muscles in action and beautiful Postures With continuous toning exercises, stretch marks will decrease. ...Read more

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Why is the skin loose after weight loss?

Why is the skin loose after weight loss?

Less fat: Skin is loose after weight loss because there is less stuff underneath it than before. As the fat cells shrink and the skin often can not shrink as quickly as the fat beneath it. The good news is, the skin is a resilient organ and frequently shrinks over time. The more weight lost and the faster it is done the more likely for loose skin. Sweat, moisturizers, youth, and surgery can help. ...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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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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Post weight loss my thighs got wrinkles.will gaining weight fill in the loose skin? M unmarried.will skin tightening treatment work?age 23.pls reply

Post weight loss my thighs got wrinkles.will gaining weight fill in the loose skin? M unmarried.will skin tightening treatment work?age 23.pls reply

WeightLossWrinkles: It is not unusual to have loose skin or skin wrinkles after appreciable weight loss.How much do you weigh now and how much weight you have lost.was it intentional weight loss or unintentional. You have two choices. If it was intentional weight loss and you are happy with your weight then you can see a plastic surgeon and have the extra skin removed. Other option is to gain weight back . ...Read more

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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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How can I prevent excess skin after weight loss surgery?

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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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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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