July 13, 2006

Getting Rid of Sagging Skin after Weight Loss

There's an interesting discussion going on over at Livin' La Vida Low-Carb about how to get rid of the excess skin on your body after a dramatic weight loss. People who lose many dozens of pounds are often left with a great deal of sagging skin. Surgery is increasingly being touted as the solution to the excess flabby skin, but a lot of people believe this is not optimal and necessary. Here are some comments people have made there:

"I thought for sure I'd have to get plastic surgery. But the more weight I lost, the more what I thought was loose skin tightened up and the better it looked. Based on my experience, I don't think you have loose skin; instead there's more fat under there to lose."

"I myself have the excess skin after losing 100 lbs. I am 37 years old. The biggest area where I had it was around my tummy, so I purchased an Ab Lounge and over the last several months, I have noticed a major improvement in my stomach area. I'm also doing a combination of aerobic type activity (belly dancing and hula-hooping), pilates, and other weight-bearing exercises for toning. I think "toning" is the key. Lifting weights is also key. I might always have the underarm waggle and the extra skin on the bottoms of my thighs, but I look MUCH better than I did before. I look better at 37 than I did @ 27."

"I do believe that it takes time to tighten up the loose skin. I lost half of my body weight from 220 to 110 when I was in my 50's (I am now 72). It took about 7 years but I did lose most of the loose skin. I tried going down further in weight to lose it faster and to lose the little belly pouch but it didn't work, just made my arms and legs look like sticks. I still have the belly. Unfortunately the low fat crowed convinced me that low carb was ruining my health and I gained most of it back before I regained my senses and went back to low carb. I now weigh 130 which is healthy for my 5'3". In short give it time, it takes about 7 years I have heard for the body to completely replace itself cell by cell."

"Time and exercise have worked for me. Almost four years after losing the bulk of 95 pounds, I only have a few spots that would qualify as loose skin and they're barely noticeable. The worst spot was my lower stomach, but it only looked a bit wrinkly, not hanging and since I've upped my exercise intensity it's gotten even better. I'm 43 and have birthed two strapping boys, so I don't have the benefit of youthful elasticity."

See the full discussion at Livin' La Vida Low-Carb. Untitled photo by Malingering.

48 comments:

Samantha said...

Its a comforting thought that there are other options than surgery.

Anonymous said...

I am 29 years old and in 2005 I weighed at 400 lbs. Today, 9/21/07 I weigh in at 209. I work out at the gym and I am getting really discouraged at my stomach area. I do cardio, treadmill, the bike, free weights and crunches, and the ball, and toning. I notice the size and the weight going down, but my stomach is going NOwhere!!!. I really am lost. I am doing all things that the trainers tell me to do. Is it that I lost the weight too fast and my skin and stomach can't catch up??

Reta Batiste said...

I am a 42 year old female who had a heart attack at 39 because of my weight and family history. Since the heart attack, I have lost a tremendous amount of weight which has caused a lot of sagging skin in the stomach area. I am not a viable candidate for cosmetic surgery becuase of the CHF. However, I am becoming increasily upset about my appearance. I don't know what to do about the sagging stomach. It's bad enough being sick, but to look terrible as well is painful. If you have any suggestions, please send them to me at: retabatiste@yahoo.com. Thanking you in advance!

Anonymous said...

I am noticing a lot of articles about people who have lost a lot of weight and are upset about the sagging skin. I think the more important thing right now is to be healthy. I have a lot of weight to lose myself and I am a little worried about the sagging skin as well but...I won't be having any surgery. I made the decision to have a life change and that includes rigarous workouts at least five days per week. Once I reach my goal size (not weight) I will be contacting a trainer from my gym that will give me advice on toning. It is very important, and I know this because it has been proven to me, to use weight training as a means to tone muscle and tighten skin. Tightening sagging skin will not happen over night but it will happen and to different degrees for everyone. Sagging skin should only be bothersome, in my opinion if it hinders your health. Looking good is great but it is not as important as feeling good or being healthy. There are, however, exercises that are specifically designed for that purpose. It takes research and patience. Don't give up! I would not preach this if I had not seen it with my own eyes. I feel sorry for the people who have had weight loss surgery and lost it so fast that all that extra skin is just left hanging. For those of us who choose to lose it the old fashion way..Weight training is the key. It will cause you to not see as big of numbers of weight loss on the scale but that will be fooling you. While you are losing weight you will be gaining muscle and muscle weighs more than fat so you will still be losing but as you continue your workouts your muscles will be becoming more toned and refined which will aid in fat loss and toning.
I say all of this to encourage all of us out here to MOVE! Lift those weights, do that cardio and eat lots of good foods, NO refined carbs and no sugar! When we do this it all aids in fat loss and minimal hanging skin in the end. Any remaining skin can be toned and depending on our ages and leftover elasticity in our bodies that will determine the end result.
My point is this...Please don't dwell or let this get you down and cause you to give up. It could take years of toning to satisfy your cosmetic aspects. Instead, hold your head high and be very proud of what you have accomplished. You have given yourself years to live and made yourself healthy and that is the most important thing!

Roy said...

Congratulations everyone! I applaud you on your weightloss. You're an inspiration to me. Regarding sagging skin, there's hope big time. I'm no expert, but this is what I've found out. Sagging skin is from nutritional deficiencies. The following will help: Omega 3, collagen, elastin, mucilage as found in Limu (a nutritional beverage that actually helps tighten the skin). Also there is a natural treatment that some have implemented involving hCG. I first heard about it in Kevin Trudeau's book, "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You To Know About". He actually touched on what was mentioned above regarding sagging skin being the result of fatty deposits. There is actually some truth to that. There are three types of fats and most diets cause us to lose the wrong kinds of fat(ie. structural). Depending on the health of the hypothalamus, your body can actually restructure itself by removing fat from trouble areas and placing it where it needs to go. Incredible stuff in that book. At any rate, feel free to call or shoot me an email. I'd be glad to share with you where to get some of this stuff if you have trouble finding it. Cell# 713-206-6965. Email: Roy@WhoIsRoy.com. Oh yeah, I forgot. Toxins can cause it too. We're bombarded with them. So a good cleanse can help as well.

Anonymous said...

The new fractional resurfacing lasers, like Fraxel, are quite good at tricking your body into regenerating collagen and elastin. The nice side effect of this is skin tightening in areas that have sagged and lost elasticity. Treatments are very expensive and require at least 3-5, but it is extremely safe. The laser doesn't destroy tissue, just heats microscopic columns of it down to the dermis. The body responds by regenerating the heated tissue. I've looked at pictures of patients and I'd say it takes off about ten years from the face. Not sure about body.

Anonymous said...

Two years ago, I weighed in at 412lbs. I currently weigh 266 lbs. I am walking 3 times a week & doing strength training twice a week. I carry most of my weight in my backside/thigh area and am starting to notice the sagging skin in this area. While I agree that getting healthy is the important thing, it is discouraging to see the numbers going down & the size of my legs...well...not. I know what I believe about myself is what matters, but it's discouraging to know that even after putting in all the hard work that society in general may still view me as fat simply because I have all this loose skin left over. It's good to know that the skin will retrain itself over time, I only hope I have the patience to let it without seeking surgical help.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of this helpful info...I'm down to 114 lbs after 2 years of trying, but have very loose skin on my stomach-all the rest vanished but that stomach fat...I greatly appreciate this blog! KUDOS TO EVERYONE!

Anonymous said...

hiyas, between 2001 and 2002 i was placed on med, and it caused me to blow up from 170lbs, to 358. i dropped almost all the extra weight a year later after they had taken me off meds. probably not even a year. and now in 2002 i have a lot of extra skin that just hangs and looks bad, and it makes me feel down. (god i hate prescription pushers.) so, what would truely be the oh easiest way to get rid of all this extra saggy skin?

i'm not against getting it surgically removed. however there is noooooo way i could afford it, and my insurance is definatly not going to cover it.

suggestions?

-a.k.

Anonymous said...

Well it is releaving to know others have my same problem, I'm hoping it will work for me I weighted 140lbs then I got pregnant with twins and got up to 195lbs now I weigh 150lbs I think that if I exercise more I can tightin my tummy where my loose skin is and lose some more weight. Thanks for the hope!!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Guys:

I"ve been reading a lot on the subject; I had an 80 lb weight gain during pregnancy. Am currently losing weight, some ten years later, have lost 40 over two years and have just started strength training. Here are some ideas; I have always used a heavy moisturizer on my tummy to help with elasticity. I have seen some phenomenal results (check bodybuilding.com for female transformations) with WEIGHTED abdominal (including standing). So many women are afriad to use the weight lifting paradigm to change body composition. Say you can't get rid of it all, what if you bulk up the abdominus rectus underneath; don't be afraid to try it. Finally, consider Retin-A to help peel the skin as you go through this process. I am very against plastics, having had many surgeries, including abdominal surgeries. I think we are all looks obsessed and men in particular think we are supposed to look like twelve year olds the rest of our lives. However, I believe the secret is body fat composition AND weighted abdominal work. Check out those success stories...only one has had plastics. Also: there is a man who has published a compelling ebook about loose skin being a MYTH. He makes a good point with concentration camps survivors. I work in a HOlocaust related arena so I have seen all those photos and know that low low body fat does not leave the possibility for loose skin. Good luck, I'll check back, Erika.

Anonymous said...

I've had 6 children and am 46 now. I work out vigorously 4-5 times per week and am on restricted calorie diet all the time. Now, after losing 50 pounds --the stomach is still saggy and stretch marks are all the way round but the improvement is measurable after doing cardio, pilates and power sculpting. The condition of the skin needs moisture as well --so get in the routine of constant toning, cardio for the inside and moisturize and firm the outside. It takes a very long time but one has to be realistic about genetics. Some people have more damage remaining after child births than others. Be fit and buy lycra!

Betty-Ann Heggie said...

I have gained and lost over 100 pounds twice. I have loose skin but I consider it my badge of honor. It has tightened up over the last year and I expect it will continue to do so. I think exercise helps as does massage. You can read more of my story on weight loss at www.stillettochick.com

Kimberly said...

I have done alot of thinking and study about the lose, saggy skin issue and the one thing to remember is that it will take time for the skin to catch up especially if the weigh loss was fast. Lots of water is key. Also, brushing the skin and exfoliating to stimulate new growth is another thing to try. Getting good nutrition, trying supplements with amino acids to give your body the building blocks to make new skin, and also look up LED and Infra RED light therapy for skin. These are some of the things I've found on the internet. Look at a site called
T-Tapp. Teresa Tapp is a lady that developed her own exercise routine based on physical therapy and she has a loose skin kit with supplements and a brush for stimulating the skins turnover.
Good luck!!

Tanya said...

What helped me after i lost weight was an electronic pulse massager i found on ebay for like 12.00! its like what they have at chiropritic offices. U can put it right on your tummy, and just trust me its great. Any way it helped me tighten up all my sagging skin in my tummy area! luck!

BarbaraB said...

Thank God there are discussions like this. I'm on a quest to lose 150 pounds and believe it or not, this actually concerns me a lot. I was hoping it would fix itself. Everything else seems to in this body. Thank you to everyone for your honestly!

Anonymous said...

ok so i am 16 yr old and 1yr a go i was 295 now i am 160 i lose 140pound in 1yr i go to wrsting 6time a week and work out 6day a week i have only 6persen of body fat but i have a lot of loss skin all over my body wgat can i di to fix that if u non anything to help me emill me at theyankess@aol,com

Anonymous said...

I have lost alot of weight but gradually. Remember you have to tone, drink milk as it promotes elasticity and drink alot of water.
over time the skin will tighten up. But for anyone losing more than maximum 2 pounds a week over a prd of a yr will have issues with their skin sagging. Im sure it didnt take you 3 - 12 months to gain all this weight, so its not goign to come off that fast either, nor is ur skin going to be what it was that fast.
Be patient and be proud of what uve accomplished. Till then, wear Spanx to pull in the jiggly skin, and dont show too much skin :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, as a beauty therapist i thought i would add that you can visit aalons or beauty clinics that offer full body massage that help promote circulation to loose skin areas as well as body machines that can electrical and non electrical that offer skin toning. Their is vacumn suction, faradic machine (as mentioned by another person here), vibration massage which is a massaging machine that helps break down fatty tissue and disperse fluid from subcutaneous fat and a galvanic machine that breaks down fat using electrodes on the skin. You need a sucession of treatments with these machines of about 3 months and may cost a little but no where near as much as surgery! Call your local beauty salons to see who offers these services.
Also time is a great healer! =)

Anonymous said...

im 20 and my lil girl is 2 this month before i fell preg i was 8 and a half stone i went up to 12 i now weigh 9 stone 4 but my saggy belly is discusting i still cant come to turms with how i look after havin her and i constantly feel down and like cryin cos ov my saggy belly. i cud never afford surgery but id love to have it ive fort about a loan but its not an option i dont wanna put my fam in debt and always b skint just so i can look good. i went to the doc about it and have been referred to a councillor which i aint happy about nothing anyone says will make me feel better about my belly.i guess its summat i gotta live with now but i just feel soooo depressed al the time

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Anonymous said...

I am in the process of losing weight myself and was feeling exactly like some of you. I started out at 310 lbs and after the first 20 came off, I noticed my arms were more flabby and my lower stomach was decreasing but I really couldn't see the change. I have a friend that is a personal trainer and he encouraged me to devote more time on my problems areas (stomach and arms) during my strength and sculpting workouts. So I now devote more time to doing reverse crunches, which are great for working the lower abs and I put more time into doing arm workouts for my biceps and triceps. After a few weeks, I noticed a big difference. My weight is still dropping but my arms don't look as flabby and my stomach is showing a big difference. So I hope that was helpful and it works for some of you too. :)

Anonymous said...

Am glad I found this blog. Seems I am not the only one with a sagging body. Am a man in my fifties and recently I lost a lot of weight. At first I was over the moon. But then I saw my sagging tummy, upper arms etc. Shock horror. Became quite conscious about it and took matters into my own hands. Since one month I have been pumping iron, do sit-ups etc. Took up biking again which I love. Though a long way to go to firm up my triceps and abdomen, I can see some results. So all of you out there with the same problems, there is hope! Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

hi im 28 and i gained 30 kilos in my two pregnancies. I had been very depressd about my skin around my tummy. A few months ago i became determined to do something so at least i wont regret that i didnt try. I joined gym,started exfoliating immediately after workouts, putting moisturisers,just normal ones,nothing expensive and also started drinking milk before workout and lots of water during workout. Believe me i can see the difference,im motivated to do more and am feeling much better, my spirits are high and u all can at least try

Susan Sampson said...

I am a 44 year old 5ft 1" female i slimmed down from a dress size 24 to a size 8. In april i had a fleur de lys abdominaplastly to remove my excess tummy skin i haven't had a day yet that i wake up and have thought i'm glad i've had this done! Six months on i still swell daily when i exercise and cycling which was how i mainly lost the weight is still a painful outing. Despite this i hope in time things will settle and i will enjoy the being the new slimmer me i will live with my bingo wings and boobs??? that wander off in the night but i know at the end of the day my heart/joints will thank me having been obese since aged 10 i have still acheived what
many others would love to i am proud to have lost 142lbs on my own without a personal trainer or going to a slimming club i just bought an exercise bike and took up walking and gave up fatty foods its not rocket science! At the end of the day health is important looks can be tweaked - the right underwear etc can help right the post weight loss "aftermath" Good luck to any on a weight loss journey there will be bumpy times but IT IS WORTH IT!!!

elizabeth_in_dallas@yahoo.com said...

Different things work for different people. Personally, I've tried Weight Watchers -- which was successfull but it took over my life with all the point counting, and I drove my family crazy. Atkins made me fussy, South Beach made me fussy, and on top of everything I discovered I have Lupus. To make it worse, we discovered through a cat scan that my the Lupus quite literally ATE my thyroid glad away. It's gone. Funny thing.. all the medical tests said my thyroid function was fine. (I feel like making a commnet about the medical profession being referred to as PRACTICE for a reason!!).

Anyone with low energy (even if your doctor says your thyroid is fine) should take a gander at a cool website which, despite their over-the-top graphics (which I think work against them) has an AMAZING amount of information about thyroid issues: www.stopthethyroidmadness.com I am now on dessicated thyroid (the prescription synthroid and cytomel were USELESS) and my energy has returned. I now have the mental energy to pursue losing weight -- THAT WAS HALF THE BATTLE!!

4 weeks ago I joined Slimming World (of UK fame) and lost 21.5 pounds over 4 weeks. Gotta add here that I quite literally eat ALL DAY LONG, whenever I desire. This is an earth-shaking thing for me, because I was always raised on the belief that eating too much of anything could make you fat. Not true. Witness Exhibit A: me.

I have over 100 pounds to lose, but since the program is easy to follow (there are TONS of "free" food - including beans, rice, pasta and meat!!), I can seriously see me getting back to by pre-illness-and-15-surgeries weight within a year. I can't wait to see the expression on my fat-o-phobe brother when I visit him in Vail next winter!!!

I encourage anyone who hasn't found their groove yet and can't bear the idea of starving to check this program out. If they have groups in your area, the other members are an amazing support system -- not to mention great resource for 'helpful hints' and recipes!!

The biggest adjustment for me is the cooking/cleaning. I'm a single mom of a special needs child, and I want to give him all the attention I can. I'm going to see if we can't turn the cleaning job into a game where if he helps me he can earn rewards. Then we can spend time together and he can help me in being a more healthy mom for him.

Good luck to all... There IS a light at the end of the tunnel.

elizabeth_in_dallas@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'm a 52 year old female. I've lost 75 pounds in 10 months. The sagging skin is a concern for me too. However, when I'm able to swim, I notice this decreases. I have 45 pounds yet to go to reach my "goal weight" and then a lot of toning to do. I'm not entirely waiting for that to start. I walk, do cardio, swim, and will start lifting weights soon. Though I can't say I'm not concerned about sagging skin (surgery isn't an option for me either)I'm going to make it much less of a priority then I do the concept of getting fit. I'm still convinced, as the one person here said, that I can get rid of most of it with time and exercise. I'm giving myself another year to get into shape and then I'll reaccess from there. If I have to live with some then I do. Such is life.

Anonymous said...

I'm a 33 year old woman in a similar predicament. I've lost 130 pounds over two years; the first 100 in the first year. Needless to say, the loose skin on my arms, abs, and thighs is unsightly . . . but I'm certain the extra 130 pounds was significantly more unsightly! I like to focus on all of the other great outcomes that have resulted from my lifestyle change; I have never felt healthier in my life. Like many others have stated, a mix of cardio and weight training seems to improve things, so I am currently focused on toning and altering the fat/muscle ratio of my body as I try to shed the last 20 pounds. What I feel is totally out of my control is ending up with deflated breasts; however, when I reach my goal weight and body fat percentage, I will reward myself with a lift :) Hang in there girls and congrats to all!

O said...

Thank you for this post. I've lost 102lbs since 8th Feb 2010 and it's an issue, it's been really upseting me, so this has given me so much hope.

Anonymous said...

Hello all

I am currently 24 years old male. I was 225 lbs at age 18 when i had enough and i embarked on my weight loss journey. I was down to 195 lbs by the time i was 19 years old. And then all of a sudden at age 20 i was down to 140lbs at which point i had gone anorexic. Then i decided to gain back weight and slowly i was upto 160lbs which seems to be my permanent weight. When i was down to 140lbs, i still had some lose skin, it wasnt as tight as it should be if you weigh that much being 5'11. Ive never been able to eliminate lose skin. Technically its been almost 4 years since ive lost weight and the elasticity is still not there. From what ive learned there are two ways to go about it:
#1 Plastic Surgery - This is a sure guaranteed way of just removing the excess skin
#2 - Gain muscle mass. By losing all the weight i had technically lost more muscle mass than fat. Even though at 140lbs i was down to 8% body fat, i had lost the muscles that would hold my body in place which would keep the skin tight. Now i am at 163lbs, 24 years old at 16% body fat and i have what is fat stuck to the skin of my belly (i dont have a belly). Non-surgical way of removing this belly i guess is to take what others have recommended above and gain more muscle mass. At 6'0 right now my ideal weight should be 175lbs. But it seems impossible for me to gain muscle mass and keep it. Ive trained with trainers at goodlife for 2-3 years with no success and they have no idea either. Trainers at goodlife themselves have told me that its lose skin and the only way to get rid of it is via surgery. But ill keep on going to get it right without surgery and will update if one day i achieve it!

Anonymous said...

I am in the process of losing weight, but have learned a lot about body reshaping and fitness. What people tend to miss often is the role of building muscle. I don't mean simply getting stronger through strength training, but actually building more muscle than is already there. You don't have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from their method. Actually bodybuilders probably have the best insight into how to reshape your body. Take a gander at the weight loss transformations at bodybuilder.com (no, I'm not affiliated) and you'll see how people can lose dozens of pounds without all the flabbiness left over. Something to remember:

--Cardio can actually burn muscle, which will lead to a person being "skinnyfat". Aerobic exercise is great, but unless it's something that you simply just enjoy that much, killing yourself on the treadmill isn't going to lead to the body transformation you want. You want to do cardio, but basically diet and weight training will get you more of the results you're looking for. Pay attention to bodyfat percentage, not simply weight and check out resources specifically on how to reduce your bodyfat percentage.

--Also, a low bodyfat percentage isn't a guarantee of no sagging skin, but I have a question. When you were overweight, did your skin sag like it does now? Probably not, because it was filled with something. That's where building muscle comes in. People often underestimate just how much fat they need to lose. I think the basic principle should be to get to a low bodyfat percentage, then build muscle.

Anonymous said...

i am 27. I have a 4 yr old little girl. I have never been overweight, BUT when I was pregnant I gained 45lbs. after I had my daughter my tummy started sagging. I read somewhere that if you get to a low body fat percentage the sagging goes away. WRONG!!! at 11% body fat the sagging is there. at 50% the sagging was there! i am going to try some of the things i have been reading on here like exfoliating and moisturizing. I used tons of lotion when I was pregnant and it did no good so i gave up on that back then. anyway..my advice to everyone is this: when you are not seeing results in a problem area (like a sagging tummy) focus your efforts on another body part. I did this and got some killer arms! not scary and bulky but lean and sexy! in the process I lost a good amount of weight and found happiness within myself =)

Hannah Banana said...

I've lost 60lbs after 3 pregnancies and I'm happy to say my sagging skin is improving. I'm determined to do all I can to fix it before I'd contemplate surgery. You can see my tummy saggy skin and results on my blog: http://hannahsreductions.blogspot.com/2011/06/fupa-progress-yay-or-nay.html - I am hopeful!

Anonymous said...

concerning belly fat, i have heard that decreasing or eliminating processed sugars and flours can really help with the fat and loose skin in this area. it is a pretty extreme diet, so starting with something like only wheat flour and honey as a sweetener might be a nice way to ease in to it. i went from 235 to 140 at 5'5 over about 2 years and i have folds/loose skin on my belly and inner thighs, there is a lot of good exercise suggestions in this post but i think pockets of belly fat might be due to the amount of processed sugar and flour in one's diet. at least that seems like the case for me!

Fat Bastard said...

Stay fat!

Brian McSorley said...

My girlfriend is planning to lose 3 stone over the next year or so and is worried about sagging skin. This article should give her some hope.
Thanks

LennyKFitness.com said...

Regarding Toning Myths.

There are a lot of myths going around regarding toning.

1) The first myth is that you can tone muscle. This is false. Muscle can't be toned or shaped. Muscle can only grow or shrink with proper training.

(In fact, muscle tone is just the state of readiness of a muscle to contract. For example, a person with a neuro-muscular disorder like Cerebral Palsy has muscle hypertonicity or increased muscle tone.)

2) The second myth is that high repetition training can tone your muscle, this is false. High repetition training will only increase your muscular endurance.

3) The last myth is that there are exercises like ab lounge, crunches or ab wheel that can tone your muscles. That is also totally false. They are just different forms of strength training.

So how does one get the appearance of being tone?

Consider this, having no fat over the muscle and having sufficiently large muscles will guy you a defined and toned appearance.

Therefore, proper resistance training will increase muscle strength and size. A proper diet with cardiovascular activity will decrease fat.

Best of luck.

This information is basic exercise physiology. Please do not fall for all the myths out there.

-Lenny K CPT, BS, SPT
LennyKFitness.com

Anonymous said...

There is an easy way to prevent loose skin. When you start losing weight, apply a body lotion all over your body everyday - this will help your skin be more elastic which will help it 'shrink' at a reasonable rate while you lose fat. This should do the trick. It is the same with pregnacies. Apply a body lotion on your belly from when you start getting bigger and the skin will bounce back when the baby is born more easily. As always, drinking lots of water will also help.

Tammi said...

I absolutely 100% agree with the notions above! I'm so excited to see other people saying it too! I'm 34 years old, was obese all through my 20's, have lost 130 pounds and now have basically no loose skin now that I am at my goal weight. I've written my own blog on the subject as well:

http://inthefrontofmymind.blogspot.com/2012/01/to-answer-question-of-do-you-have-loose.html

Anonymous said...

i have been fat since born now i am 20 years old i was 266 when i was 18 pounds and now i am 166 pound , and it seems like all the weight i lost still not making me look good cuz of the saggy skin or loose skin , it didnt recover after one year or more of losing weight , the only thing that seems working is losing more weight , i have going to the gym for 1 year now lifting weights but the skin still loose , muscle got bigger but i still have a lot of extra skin in my arms despite the fact the i do have big bicep and triceps which really bothers me , am i supposed to lose more weight ?? i rlly dont know

Anonymous said...

Someone help me plz!! Just under 2 yrs ago I weighed 205lbs and d/t some severe medical issues I am now at 127lbs, which is great I am so happy about it! I can finally wear a bikini again:) I have a 10 yr old daughter and I gained 60lbs with her, when I left the hospital I was actually 5 lbs heavier than when I went into the hospital to have her (she was 9lbs so tell me how that happens). I nvr lost any of the weight and then got pregnant with my second daugher and only gained 35lbs. Eventually I got down to 205lbs and that's where I stayed like I said up until less than 2 yrs ago. I guess I should say I have always been very tiny 110lbs until about 21 yrs old and then I met my husband and went up to 140lbs but I am 5'9" so I was still really good at that weight. Here's my problem I look great right now...I love wearing a size 4 at 33 yrs old....I love being able to wear a bikini BUT I have that loose wrinkle skin on the lower part of my stomach and I just can't get rid of it:( Plz does anyone have any ideas how to get rid of it?? Its not fat at all its just skin...I'm so frustrated I'm out of things to try HELP!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've just gone from 172 down to 126 over the past six months and I agree with many of the other posters. I hated the loose skin on my belly and "batwing" area but it has really worked itself out after reaching my goal and with some pro-active work...
I have been weight training on the machines 4 days a week throughout the weight loss process, I've also started applying cocoa butter to the loose areas twice a day, it showed immediate effects. This is the first summer in ten years that I have worn sleeveless tops happily and while at 50 I likely won't be wearing a bikini anytime soon... I could!
Hang in there all you wonderful "losers", we've all done great!
Elizabeth

99lbs62inches said...

Exercise like crazy in general and especially while losing weight so as to produce the most carnitine possible. Someone else mentioned the Holocaust victims not having loose skin but it could be that they had to do hard work to survive and didn't have too much extra fat to begin with prior to losing their weight mass. Thus, maintaining significant amino acids from day one is the key but it's never to late to start either.

Matt said...

Already peeps, I don't know much, but I know something...

It is not necessarily loose skin NOR fat stores under your flabby skin area. Especially if its an area where you had ALOT of stubborn fat, it may be excess water storage and ions that are left over.

Great ways to flush that out is by drinking ALOT of water everyday, doing High intensity cardio to SWEAT it out, by cutting down on salt, and another trick I found was a waste trimmer belt. Its neoprene that you strap around your waste to remove those water stores and ions. It basically makes you sweat. Wear it while watching tv, taking a walk, while sleeping, or even while exercising.

Other than that, apply high quality cream to the area daily (not that petroleum extracted synthetic sh!t) and rub off the excess skin with a luffa or other device while showering.

Anonymous said...

Already peeps, I don't know much, but I know something...

It is not necessarily loose skin NOR fat stores under your flabby skin area. Especially if its an area where you had ALOT of stubborn fat, it may be excess water storage and ions that are left over.

Great ways to flush that out is by drinking ALOT of water everyday, doing High intensity cardio to SWEAT it out, by cutting down on salt, and another trick I found was a waste trimmer belt. Its neoprene that you strap around your waste to remove those water stores and ions. It basically makes you sweat. Wear it while watching tv, taking a walk, while sleeping, or even while exercising.

Other than that, apply high quality cream to the area daily (not that petroleum extracted synthetic sh!t) and rub off the excess skin with a luffa or other device while showering.

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of lose skin under my arms I was over 300lbs and now I'm down to 180lbs what can I do to get this skin toned up I mean I have a bunch pls help me

Anonymous said...

Your stories encourage me. Hang in there. Keep up the great work. It is hard, but our health is worth it.