How to Get Rid of Loose Sagging Skin After Weight Loss

Unsightly sagging skin after drastic weight loss?

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Inheriting unsightly loose skin may be more than you bargained for when you sign up for weight loss but there's help....read on. Losing excessive amount of weight, anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds can be liberating and esteem-enhancing but where is the skin that once held the excess body mass going to go? If you lose massive amount of weight over a short period of time, chances are the skin will collect in folds, or hangs like swag. This scallop effect may look good on curtains but on humans…well…you can imagine. Just what can you do to get rid of loose skin? Surgery is the expedient answer, but it is costly and it may leave scars. There are less drastic measures you can consider before opting for surgery and here’s a look at some positive measures you can take to lose the swag:

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Choose Wisely

So you've read or heard of the anguish of holding on to mounds of loose skin after drastic weight loss? They say prevention is better than cure and this advice applies beautifully. Much of the problem can be prevented if you choose a diet plan that allows you to lose weight gradually. If your body shrinks slowly, the skin will have some recovery time and adjust accordingly. Slower weight loss, with the goal of losing one to two pounds a week can help to minimize the effect of sagging skin. Diet plans that emphasize healthy eating and exercise can help you lose weight gradually. You may not enjoy the gratification of “before” and “after” drastic change, but then, you may not have to deal with unsightly skin folds either.

Skin’s Elasticity

Your skin health can play a huge part in determining if your skin will recover quickly. According to Jason Spector, M.D., assistant professor of plastic surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, “The two biggest factors that determine skin elasticity are age and genetics.” What if both factors are not in your favor? Health experts suggest that eating certain foods can improve skin elasticity:

  • Tap the powerhouse of Vitamin A, C and E

These groups of vitamins protect skin from free radicals (bad guys that cause cellular damage) and they also boost skin repair. In particular, vitamin A helps to hydrate the lower layer of skin, vitamin C protects skin-firming fibers such as collagen and elastin and Vitamin E shields skin from sun damage. Eating a variety of leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables can enhance skin elasticity. Specific examples include carrots, oranges, cantaloupe, bell peppers, citrus fruits, kiwi, papaya, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach and the mighty group of leafy vegetables (kale, mustard green, Bak choy)

  • Essential Fatty Acids

Boost your skin’s natural oil barrier by eating foods containing essential fatty acids. EFAs such as omega-3 and omega-6 nourish your skin to keep it supple and smooth. They also fight wrinkles and dry skin, giving you added advantages. Shop for cold water fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines and make nuts a part of your snacking/food routine—all excellent sources of EFAs. Make healthy oils such as olive oil, canola, and safflower and grapeseed oil part of your staple diet.

  • Biotin

Hair products may tell of the benefits of biotin for your hair, but biotin is also good for the skin. This water-soluble B vitamin is sometimes known as vitamin H. Certain skin disorders including dermatitis, skin scaling and alopecia have been linked to biotin deficiency. Eat adequate amounts of biotin to promote healthy skin. Eat green leafy vegetables (worth mentioning again), nuts, milk, eggs, oatmeal and rice.

  • Green Tea

Go green—drink some. Or plenty. Cultivate the habit of drinking tea, especially green tea. Its rich concentration of catechins, a powerful antioxidant helps to stop inflammation, slow cellular damage and protect the skin from the sun.

Exercise

Want to lose weight? Exercise! Want to get rid of sagging skin after weight loss? Exercise! Looks like there’s no getting around the dreaded “E” prescription. There is compelling reason to exercise to get rid of sagging skin, especially exercises using strength training. These types of exercises firm up muscles under loose skin, making the sag less obvious. Work with barbells or dumbbells to strengthen muscles. Strong lean muscles keep skin toned. If you don’t have free weights around the house, use your body weight to do push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, crunches, leg squats to tighten muscles. If you’ve the luxury of owning a resistance-training machine, put it to use. If not, you can always use the ones at the gym.

Surgery

When all else fails, there is always surgery. It may not always be the best option but it’s a sure way of getting rid of sagging skin. Often, this form of surgery is not covered by the insurance, unless the sagging skin is infected. Doctors can perform “body contouring” procedures to get rid of excess skin on your thighs, arms, midsection of the body and even fill or lift droopy breasts. Wait a period of six months for your weight to stabilize before doing surgery. Research procedure and the doctor you will eventually use to ensure the best outcome.

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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

Oooh another great thing about green tea. And I do believe it is making a big difference because I am a big tea drinker and so far so good. I'll also look into the nutritional vitamins from food you recommended.

Thanks a million - and rated up of course!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I know this is a problem for many people but I din't know there was so many ways to work on getting rid of that excess skin. Great hub, rated up.


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Amber Allen 5 years ago

A great hub with lots of practical advice and products to stop you getting saggy skin.

I have positive New Year resolutions as I find negative ones to difficult to stick too. My resolution this year is to drink more green tea.

Rated up and ranked useful.

Amber:)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Happy New Year, Listlady, I love green tea too. As a matter of fact, I need a cup or two each day. Thanks for rating it up.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Pamela, for rating it up. Happy healthy new year to you.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Happy new year, Amber--good to see u again. Yay to green tea resolution. Thanks for rating it up.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Wow, that picture is pretty scaryyyyy!!! Like you said, if people just lose weight slowly with regular exercise and healthy diet, they won't have to face this problem. Patience is an important weight-loss virtue. :)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Good to see u again, Om. Yep--pretty scary. I'm with you--it's better to lose weight gradually. Thanks for dropping by. Happy New Year!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information from you. Thanks for writing about this. I learn much from you. I thought we love ideal weight with beautiful skin. I give my vote to you. Have a great day.

Prasetio:)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Prasetio, for dropping by to share your thoughts. I agree with you--we all love ideal weight with great skin.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

This is extremely useful. It must be upsetting to lose weight and have all that extra skin to deal with.

This hub will be a God-send for many.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

I love green tea, takes fish oil regularly, and have started weekly exercise since a few months ago, for health sake... :) And it certanly will be useful for weight control.

To prevent the sagging, what is your opinion of applying the firming lotion apart from adopting slower weight loss program, proper diet and supplement?


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Lady E. for positive feedback. Have a great day.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Nice to see u, Ingenira. I'm not an expert on firming lotion, but some products have been touted to help. Among them: Cynergy TK, Phytessence Wakame and Nano Lipobelle HEQ10. Like you said, the best way is to lose weight gradually, eat foods boosting skin elasticity and moisturize daily. Personally, I use Rose Hip essential oil and find that it's a very good natural moisturizr. I have a hub on that. Always a pleasure to have you come by. Enjoy your day.


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

holly molly, that is scary that image, LOL. it is good we are thin, still we need to exercise and be healthy to about this. Thank you, Maita


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Maita, i know tell me about it. It's scary but thank goodness, there are ways to fix it. Thanks for commenting.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas

Wow, that image should make one think twice about losing weight quickly. To lose it slowly (the same way you gained it) is the best way not only to lose weight, but to keep it off as well. Great article. Rated up! :)


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, MG, for dropping by. I agree with u--losing weight slowly will definitely help.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Green tea seems to be good for just about everything. Great advice and tips.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Koffeeklatch gals, thanks for being so kind to visit so many of my hubs. Yay to green tea--seems like a miracle food for sure.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

This method of treating sagging skin after weight loss seems to also be a great method to maintain healthy glowing and taunt skin as well. Thanks for the wonderful tips on skin care and getting rid of sagging skin. :) Katie


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, katie, for the deluge of visiting my hubs. I'm totally grateful for that.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

This is what I have been looking for and what I need right now. Great Hub!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

katrinasui, glad u dropped in to comment.


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Chris Teguh 4 years ago from Torrance, California

Always wondered about this topic myself, great information.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Chris, glad you find it useful. Thanks for dropping by.


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

Very useful and informative hub!

Thanks for sharing!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Rastamermaid, thanks for your comments.


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada

Awesome! Thanks for sending me this in reply to my Question! Great info. I'll be passing this one along :-)


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Great, Rosa. Thanks for passing it along.


M L Morgan 22 months ago

Great post, thanks for sharing :)


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anglnwu 22 months ago Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, M L Morgan.

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