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Started by Guest_NewLifeSoon>_* , Jan 24, 2011 11:38 PM
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Posted January 24, 2011 - 11:38 PM

Hi everyone, I haven't had Lap Band Surgery yet, i'm in the education process of it all but I want to know if after the surgery or significant weight loss does ANYONE have problem with loose skin. If so please share any tips or tricks you do to tighten the skin that are non surgical. I will have the surgery but if loose skin happens for me i can't afford to do plastic surgery or tummy tuck. Thank you for your answers.


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Posted January 25, 2011 - 9:01 AM

I had significant loose skin after loosing 107 pounds. I had a tummy tuck and boob job last month. Very happy with the results. If your young, I think your skin might be ok. IMHO it has to do with age, weight flucuations, pregnancy et.. I believe if your skin looses elacticity there is not much you can do about it. Probably not what you want to hear, just my opinion.


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Posted January 25, 2011 - 1:17 PM

I've also been told that if you smoke, or if you EVER smoked, that that will have an adverse effect on how the skin bounces back.


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Posted January 25, 2011 - 1:52 PM

I also think that exercising makes a difference as if you are exercising along the process then your skin has a chance to adjust as you lose - though some folks that makes no difference, either. It is a crapshoot, but I would much rather have some saggy skin and be healthy than to be overweight and a time bomb.

I have lost 100 lbs and I have the "pannus" flap folks talk about, though small it does still cause me a rash....I wear my Ardyss Body Magic and that helps to put everything where it is supposed to be - and make me look fantastic in clothes, while feeling better about myself when I wear it, too!

Good luck!


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Posted January 25, 2011 - 2:02 PM


I've also been told that if you smoke, or if you EVER smoked, that that will have an adverse effect on how the skin bounces back.

That sucks...I dont smoke now but used to years ago...and my skin is getting loose...I hope i wont need another surgery to fix it if it is terrible looking.


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Posted January 25, 2011 - 8:32 PM

A lot of different factors can contribute to this. Genetics, age, speed of weight loss, etc. Also, it can take some time for your skin to "catch up." I've heard that you're supposed to wait for a year AFTER you're done losing weight to really assess where your skin is at.

Personally, I am doing some dry brushing to stimulate circulation. I'm doing weight training to build some muscle so I'm not just (saggy) skin and bones. And I'm a bit on the older side so, while I'm hopeful, I accept the fact that I may have some skin issues.

I've spent the last 30 years obviously not giving a darn what I looked like. I'm not going to get super vain now. My goal is to be healthy and happy.

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Posted January 25, 2011 - 8:45 PM

It really depends on so many things and we will all be different.

In my own case, I have lost 109 pounds am 46 years old and I have loose skin. In many areas I'm the only one who would know the skin is looser. I did quite a bit of tanning over the years and I'm sure all that sun exposure has not helped my situation. My stomach is not really bad at all, but I was only pg one time in my life and that was when I was only 16/17 years old. I have chicken/turkey neck now, but it is still better than all the fat that used to be there. My butt and thighs are a bit droopy, but they don't bother me too bad. The worst area for me is my underarms. The excess skin there is really bad. Even in my armpit area I have large bags of skin hanging. I don't know if I will ever have plastic surgery to fix my arms because most of the pictures I have seen make the scars look just as bad as the baggy skin.
My boobs are sagging, but they were already sagging. I went from big saggy boobs to smaller saggy boobs and found that a good bra does the trick.


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Posted January 30, 2011 - 8:32 PM

I am 110lbs down and have loose skin on my arms. It's fine in long sleeves, but I am a little worried in a tank top or cap sleeved shirt. The difference is that before the weight loss I wouldn't have dreamed of wearing a tank top...so you win some you loose some.
As with the others, I would much rather have the weight off and struggle with fashion than struggle to get in and out of the car!

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