I have been overweight to obese to SMO for 40 years. I have always had big arms. I have done the yo-yo thing all my life and never had skin problems with my losses until now. At about 30 pounds lost, I started noticing puckering in my arms (the area that will eventually become my bat wings). Now at almost 90 pounds gone, I can pinch up an inch of loose skin on my breast and upper arms, and 1/2 inch on my thighs and belly. When I rub my hands on my skin, it feels more wrinkly in some areas than others. I assume this is where I have lost the most fat. There are no problems with the skin, except for how it looks. I will need a total body re-do when I reach my goal.
It will be very costly to make me look like a normal person instead of the Shar-pei that I will be when done. I have no idea how I will pay for it. I guess I should start pan handling on street corners in a bathing suit...I am sure I will get what I need to cover surgery really fast!! LOL...jk about the pan handling, but not about the shar-pei like folds of skin.
Having said that, I would change a thing, except maybe, had surgery a long time ago.
Consult date 1/11/10 Weight 398.5 Surgery date 3/1/10 Weight 374
HW 400+ CW 196.6 Dr. GW <200 My GW 150