Loose Skin !?!?!?!?!
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?
However, remember this: Health is a lot more important than looks. This is about saving your life, not about getting Hollywood hawt.
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!
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.
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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!
Is it worth it? Totally. Unless I'm naked, you'd never know how bad the loose skin is.
HW 290/GW 159 (reached 2/19/11)/CW 142
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!
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!
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!
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