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Hello all!
So I had VSG surgery June 2nd and so far all has been going well with my recovery! No pain, tolerating my soft diet, and I’m losing weight which is amazing! But I’m starting to freak out because I’m starting to notice my skin is loosening. I knew it was going to happen, but I’m thinking if I’m already getting loosening then my skin is going to look crazy by the time I reach goal. I started at 281, lost 20 lbs before surgery, and so far have lost and additional 15 lbs. my goal is to get to 150-160 lbs. I’m currently 36 years old. Is there anything at all that I can do to minimize loose skin? Has anyone tried anything that they find works?

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There is no scientific method that minimizes or makes skin contract.

However there a few non-scientific methods that can be tried.

- Using coconut oil and or Vitamin C and Vitamin E oil

- Micro needling

- High potent retinol og tretinoid products

I also thought it might be a lot, but it looks like it is going to be just fine. There is some, but it gets better by the day. Also remember it took your body a long time to expand, so it is not gonna flip back in a second either. I will take the skin over the weight any time.

As with any other weight loss, the amount of loose skin is determined by several combined factors, like

- How long you have been obese

- How many times you have lost considerable amounts of weight

- How much Water you drink

- If you have a good vitamin status, especially D vitamin

- If you do weight bearing exercise

- If you have been pregnant

- The amount of stretch marks

- How old you are

- If you take your essential fatty oils

- Your diet

Etc

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with a 100 lb loss, you're going to have loose skin. I lost over 200 lbs and had a ton of it. Although I eventually had it surgically removed because it drove me crazy, it was very easy to hide in clothes. Nobody knew it was there other than me and my husband. And like the above poster said, given the choice, I would take the loose skin any day over weighing almost 400 lbs again. ANY FREAKING DAY!!!

People on here are probably getting sick of this picture, but this is me BEFORE I had the skin removed. See any loose skin? Trust me, there's a ton of it under those clothes - esp on my torso. I just wore "control top" leggings (or standard jeans) and long-ish, slightly oversized tops. Ta da! Skin disappeared!

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I started at about your same weight. Down 108 lbs, thinking about 20 more and I’ll call “goal”. I have three consultations with plastic surgeons in the coming weeks, planning for skin removal surgery after the new year. No amount of time is going to make my bat wings or belly skin go away, and my poor boobs are so deflated. I see PS as the final step, and my reward for all the hard work I’ve put in.

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1 hour ago, GreenTealael said:

PLASTIC SURGERY❤

What she said!!!

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I have lost 120lbs and I’ve been using collagen peptides and this cream called Firm. It has been amazing for me and has helped my skin on my arms, thighs, and neck immensely. I will have to probably get plastics on my tummy but my arms and thighs are fine.

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Those are some beautiful arms! It's hard to believe a cream could do that, but you have youth on your side. I have the granny flaps from hell--I mean I could really hurt someone if I whapped them upside the head with them. But at 66 all the cream in the world ain't gonna make them shrink...

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9 hours ago, justinas_journey_vsg said:

I have lost 120lbs and I’ve been using collagen peptides and this cream called Firm. It has been amazing for me and has helped my skin on my arms, thighs, and neck immensely. I will have to probably get plastics on my tummy but my arms and thighs are fine.

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Looking good teach!

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On 6/21/2020 at 11:56 AM, kristieshannon said:

I started at about your same weight. Down 108 lbs, thinking about 20 more and I’ll call “goal”. I have three consultations with plastic surgeons in the coming weeks, planning for skin removal surgery after the new year. No amount of time is going to make my bat wings or belly skin go away, and my poor boobs are so deflated. I see PS as the final step, and my reward for all the hard work I’ve put in.

This is exactly what I'm telling myself. I'm sure I'll need PS, but it will be a reward to myself for kicking ass.

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