I was reading something on the internet about if you wear a compression shirt while you lose weight during the rapid weightloss stage you will have little to no excess skin. Any truth in this? It would be nice to do something about it if i could.
All I can see the compression shirt doing for you is holding it in, kinda like a girdle.
on 5/8/10 11:50 am, edited 5/8/10 11:51 am
My two cents:
It wont prevent excess skin but It may help combat gravity as your skin shrinks. Like sleeping in a bra to slow the inevitible sagging of large breasts. Hanging skin will be further pulled by gravity.
My skin is actually shrinking slowly. I have few stretch marks and pretty good skin in general. A plastic surgeon told me the skin will need a full year after completing wl to shrink as much as it is going to.
A true compression garment is $$$ for my budget. However, there is a noticible difference in my skin texture and tone if I stray from any part of my routine. It includes a lite support garment after a sea salt scrub, oil and aloe rub, and moistureiser daily. Its worth the added ten minutes to my shower routine.
Whose to say if its the skin conditioning or the support of the lycra that is helping. I say if wearing compression won't harm you, it is worth a try.
I have a friend who is a guy who had surgery too. He uses under armor or under armour. I looked in up on the net. I wanted to know more about it for myself. The only thing I thought about is that you may want to see if you can buy it in stores or measure yourself so it isn't too big. The point is for it to hold you in. My friend has lost 170lbs and he had a compression shirt on from them. He looked great. And the good thing for men is that they look like t shirts or undershirts. They also make workout gear. Good luck!
on 2/7/11 7:04 pm
Note that there are 2 types of compression shirts. One for athletes and for working out purposes. The other is used to hide excess skin and improve your body form. Some can be readily worn as is or as an undershirt.
on 5/3/11 8:32 pm, edited 5/3/11 8:33 pm
I didn't undergo WLS. But I went from 180 pounds to 132 pounds in 1 year and 4 months. That is through exercising regulary and proper diet. I still have some belly fat, loose skin, and stretch marks at the moment. But I can see that my excess skin is getting smaller every month.
**Off-topic: I don't know why my post is under my past post and not Lora's post. I clicked the reply post button under Lora's post.
If exercise and sweat could get rid of extra skin, no one who has had WLS would need plastic surgery.
7 years out and maintaining 190 pounds lost!
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