Loose Skin !?!?!?!?!

sunny_in_texas
on 3/16/11 6:23 pm - San Antonio, TX

So, I'm super excited about WLS. From my research, I know it will be hard, but I'm hoping it will be worth the struggles. A big concern I have is excess skin. I'm currently 34 and most of my "fat" is pretty well distributed through out my whole body. My question, what should I expect in regards to loose skin? Since I'm fairly young, should most of it event "snap" back, or should I expect to have a lot of excess skin sagging every where?

Elizabeth N.
on 3/16/11 6:33 pm - Burlington County, NJ
Age and scarring (stretch marks) are two contributing factors to bounceback or lack thereof. There seem to be genetic components as well.

However, remember this: Health is a lot more important than looks. This is about saving your life, not about getting Hollywood hawt.
Twennyoh
on 3/16/11 6:39 pm - TX
RNY on 01/15/10 with
First of all Congrats on your choice to have WLS !

Everyone is different but for me I was over weight everywhere so I have extra skin on my thighs, hips, tummy and upper arms AKA angle wings.
Some people do toneing workouts and it does help I am doing them and I see some diference but I am still going to have a body lift. Also it is always a good idea to keep your skin moisturized.... I use lotion 2 times a day, bu****ch out for moist areas like under the tummy skin... I use powder to help stop rashes... it can happen and if I do I was told by Dr to use a anti-fungul cream.

Good luck and Congrats!
                                            
walterswife
on 3/16/11 6:45 pm
RNY on 12/22/09 with
The answer to your question depends on a number of factors.  They are genetics, age, amount of weight that you lose, how long you have been overweight, etc.

I have lost half of my original weight (120 from 240) and have alot of excess skin, primarily my arms and thighs.  But then again I am 60 and was overweight my entire life.  Many others I have met who are much younger (in their 30s) have lost alot more and have very little excess skin.  I attribute that to age.

There is probably no way to tell in advance but you definitely have age on your side.  Plus the way I am looking at it is that extra skin will not kill me but morbid obesity would surely have.

HW 240/ SW 229/ GW 146/CW 125; OH Support Group Leader   

Starting size:  18W-20;  Present size: 0 or 2; 5'5-1/2" tall. 
Current BMI 20.4 as of 2/13/2013 (normal for the first time in my life).
Goal weight reached on 8/12/2010; As of 1/13/2013, 21 pounds below goal

Vivian Prouty
on 3/16/11 6:56 pm - Fort Worth, TX
RNY on 11/22/05 with
 Welcome to OH and congrats on your decision to have WLS.   I agree with everyone else.   Although being young your skin ( If you exercise your butt off during your WL ) will more and likely snap back unless you have been MO your entire life.    It is amazing how our bodies react.    Please don't worry about the skin....it may all tighten up.    Good luck to you and your journey....it is a AMAZING one !!!

Hugs and blessings ~~~ Vivian

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CAN NOT CHANGE;   COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS THAT I CAN;  AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE !!!!    THIS IS MY DAILY PRAYER.
Vivian Prouty      Obesity Help Support Group Coach  "LOSE IT 4 LIFE"


 

jenysez1
on 3/16/11 7:58 pm - LA
I am going to have surgery in late June.  I was wondering the same thing.....I look at some peoples before and after pictures and some are amazing but you never know how many had plastic surgery also.  I am sure I will have what we call in this family "Bus Driver Arms"...lol 
Howeecow
on 3/16/11 8:19 pm - Mchenry, IL
VSG on 02/08/11 with
We call them lunch lady arms LOL sorry not to put down anyone here that's a lunchlady!

303 HW/266.5 SW/234 CW
LilySlim Weight loss tickers
fluffyk1977
on 3/16/11 8:23 pm
Hi and welcome!  I was 1 year out last week and am plannng some plastics for this summer. 
As a previous poster said, the condition of your skin is dependent on a number of factors.  I though I would be in the clear because I too was heavy all over and relatively young (32) but I am not satified with my stomach.  Here is a before and after with a loss of about 120lbs.  I am just under 130 now. Would I trade the excess skin for the weight?  Absolutely no. Totally cannot tell when I am dressed. I am lucky that I have no problems with my back, thighs and arms.  Even to me they look like I was not heavy.  Best of luck!
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Vertical Banded Gastroplasty 3/3/10
High/Day of Surgery/Goal/Current: 244 / 238 / 128 / 130
33 years old, 5'4" Tall      
Plastics by Dr. Sauceda in Monterrey 8/30/2011: Extended TT, BL/BA

    
bunnyandbubby
on 3/16/11 9:05 pm - Henderson, NV
 I had my surgery when I was 23.  Since I began strength training, my arms have gotten a lot better than I expected them to be... that being said, my thighs, lower abdomen, and boobs are a trainwreck.  Like the other people who have replied, I think it depends on a lot of factors.  I have seen some younger people who don't need plastics as badly as I do.

Is it worth it?  Totally.  Unless I'm naked, you'd never know how bad the loose skin is.  
ANDREA 

HW 290/GW 159 (reached 2/19/11)/CW 142

            
Michelle J.
on 3/17/11 6:22 am - Isanti, MN
Congratulations on your decision for WLS - It is hard but so worth the rewards. I'm nearing my one year mark and I lost as of this morning 148 pounds. I'm going to be 40 this July and boy do I have the skin. I will take that over the wieght any day. But maybe in the future there may be plastics for me. Good luck to you!
    
                                
Karly Green
on 3/17/11 7:05 am - Middletown, NJ
I'm 28 years old and about 7.5 months out and I have some skin issues. I didn't strength train before surgery, and didn't start strength training till about 5 or so months after RNY (With the exception of Pilates and Yoga once a week).  Below is me before surgery at 272, then me at 5 months and at 6 months out. I'm doing Power 90 to try and help me tone up and I can see a difference. 
I've lost 120 lbs and would take the skin over the weight any day of the week.  You just gotta work at it as best you can to try and get rid of it naturally with working out, Vitamin E lotions, etc. And anything you can't get rid of is why God made Plastic Surgery  (Although I will probably never be able to afford it).
Good luck on your journey Hun! You're going to love your new life and body no matter what it looks like!




        
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crystal M.
on 3/17/11 7:25 am - Joliet, IL
I lost 140 lbs so far and more to lose.  I'm 39 and have been obese for about 17 years.  I can tell you that although I have been strength training like crazy it hasn't helped much for me.  I have flabby, droopy skin on my stomach, thighs, arms, boobs and I can see it starting on my butt too.  I will need a whole body lift but seeing how much it costs I don't think that will ever happen.  I have abused my body by not taking care of it and this is the consequences.  BUT I would rather be thin with droopy skin...than fat with lots of blubber 
deborah72
on 3/17/11 8:24 am - Pell City, AL
Sunny....
I have to echo what others are saying here.  A lot has to do with your gene pool, age, time overweight ect. 

The one thing that I have done that seems to have helped me a bit.  Make sure you are drinking lots of water ( this was suggested to me early out from WLS) , moisturize your skin and tone and firm up.  This will not take care of 100 of the skin issue but will fill it in a bit with muscle.

I run 6 miles every other day ...and when I don't run I lift weights and work my abs for about 2.5 hours. 

I will be 39 this June, I'm 13 months out from WLS and was overweight for about 18 years.  With you being a bit younger than I your skin should snap back a little easier. 

HOWEVER...Nothing feels as great as being fit and healthy.  Plus...shopping for new clothes helps too!!!  LOL!!!  I LOVE MY RNY it was the best decision I have ever made for me.  Worry about being healthy first!!!! 


Before pic was 10days before surgery after pic was a couple of weeks ago swimsuit shopping! 

Reached Onederland 5/26/2010 199.2 lbs
Highest weight 280 9/2009 Surgery weight 250 2/2010
       

fluffyk1977
on 3/17/11 9:33 pm
HOLY **** - we should all be so lucky...You look amazing!
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty 3/3/10
High/Day of Surgery/Goal/Current: 244 / 238 / 128 / 130
33 years old, 5'4" Tall      
Plastics by Dr. Sauceda in Monterrey 8/30/2011: Extended TT, BL/BA

    
deborah72
on 3/18/11 5:25 am - Pell City, AL
AH!   THANK YOU VERY MUCH!   I truly appreciate that!  

Reached Onederland 5/26/2010 199.2 lbs
Highest weight 280 9/2009 Surgery weight 250 2/2010
       

subacloud
on 3/17/11 9:42 pm
I've lost about 180 #'s and have about 75 more to go before the only weight loss available will be skin loss.  I have lots of loose skin.  But, what a great trade!  For now, I'm enjoying the entertainment.  However, a good pair of support hose does wonders and a tight under armor shirt makes me look pretty awesome. 

You just have to roll with it.  If it isn't loose skin, there's likely to be something else you won't particularly care for.  My face shape has changed and I'm having to get used to how to wear my hair and do makeup.  What a great problem, but it does give me some things to consider.

But, then there are the perks of seeing your collar bones again, feeling your ribs, enjoying life again.  It's an awesome experience!

Subacloud               408/318/208/135   (HW/SW/CW/GW)

  

                                
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