So, as the title suggests, i got LOADS of loose skin from massive weight loss (160 pounds in 14 months ). So far the evidence seems that i'll need a tummy tuck/breast lift/butt lift (thankfully my thighs/arms aren't that bad)
I've been working out and at some point i reached underweight levels (was trying to burn off as much body fat as i could, in effort to get the skin to stretch on my muscles) but i ended up with a "tongue" on my belly and my butt was quite hanging, to a point i couldn't wear shorts.
this is a picture (please ignore the mess =P ) as you can see , there is the "tongue" and the the bra area, there is skin popping out, and it's not even tight.
Does anyone know/got experience with any natural methods to fix this? even 50% would be helpful.
I want to avoid surgery cause i'm trying to have a kid (i'm already 30 and been trying for about 9 years for one, only had some miscarriages so far) and as far as i know, regardless of the scar, you can't get pregnant for atleast 4 years.
Plus, i'm a complete chicken to go under surgery.
You look great. I know it is not what you want to hear but only surgery will fix the skin. My friend had twins and is thin but she had that skin on her belly and had to get surgery. But since you are against surgery and trying to get pregnant maybe wait until after you have a child and see how you will feel.
Have you tried skin brushing? It has helped me. One odd suggestion rebounding. Someone at a raw food pot luck suggested it to me. Between brushing and rebounding it really made a difference.
Congrats on such a great weight loss.
Having a little bit of sag, I am hoping that it is a question of time. I believe it takes 7 years for the body to completely renew all the cells and I figure it may be a while before it realizes it doesn't need that many skin cells anymore. Meanwhile I treat my skin nicely with some light massage, some coconut oil, exercise...
thanks alot =D I was fearing that i'd have to resort to that, but as Gia said, i'll wait till after the kid.
Wow, you look awsome! Quick question: Do you have any stretch marks? You don't seem like you do... and, that would mean your skin has a great chance of snapping back!
i do, but they are very faded cause i rarely get tanned so they blend in with my complexion.
Still, they must be very few & localized, for you wouldn't look this good if they were severe & all over... Seriously, I can get over how amazing you look after loosing this much weight!! Did you lose it on Raw??
I'd be optimistic that it may improve with more time and plenty of exercise; rebounding is an excellent suggestion, as it works the core without our noticing much, plus being good cardio.
It's true, skin is capable of extreme elasticity; after all, it shrinks back after pregnancy. Some women get back as flat as before, but it varies. Exercise is of course the key.
If you listen to doctors, they will of course say surgery is the only way; but I would suspect they do not take exercise into the equation in this assumption, simply because most people do not work out, or not enough.
I would be hopeful it may reduce, though perhaps not totally.
Big congrats on your achievement!
aye, i agree on that, but i think docs don't consider it cause it's a bit given that any patient that goes for a liposuction, etc, don't really care to work out.
I'm gonna google up "rebound" that sounded very very interesting!
Investing in a rebounder/mini trampoline will be awfully beneficial but you should consider doing only a "health bounce" (i.e. feet never leaving the mat). I remember reading somewhere that: gravity + hanging skin + up&down = bad for connective tissue... makes sense, doesn't it?
Besides surgery, laser skin tightening is effective. If you study up on Glycolic acid and TCA peels they also work to tighten skin with repeated treatments. When I say study, I mean extensivly reading and knowing exactly what you're doing. Many forums out there to understand how it's done. You can buy the peels online and for <$50 you'll have a years worth. You can also take 10 years off your skins age including your face with Glycolic acid peals. I wouldn't try TCA on your face unless you have a licensed practitioner do it for you..
You start off at 20-30% Glycolic acid every 7-10 days and work your way up to higher strengths slowly. Over the counter peals are usually 8-10% but you can get all strengths on Ebay. Eventually you jump up to TCA but TCA peels will turn your skin brown for 7-10 days (as your skin will actually peal off) You need to be careful understanding how they work and the risks if you don't know what you're doing.
Dr. John R. Christopher formulated BF&C which is for bone, flesh and cartilege. My Christoper herbalist even adds it to a spray that I'm using and I do see some progress. (I've lost 160 pounds as well. When over 45, it can look quite ugly).
Hope this helps!