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Is there a proven way to get rid of extra skin?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21549 points ) July 20th, 2011

For a few months now I have been more active with a new job, and also recently started training at the gym again. After 10 days or so of harder training and healthy eating, I have lost a fair bit of weight.

I’m about 35% towards the finish line in terms of burning fat, I have lost 30 kilos so far (66lb), but still have another 40 or so to go. (no need for health warnings, I’m being closely monitored by my trainer, who assures me that for someone as tall as me, with the watery fat I have, that what I’m doing is safe)

The problem is coming in the form of excess skin around my stomach, it’s starting to form a bit of a pocket. My trainer tells me that the body will deal with it on it’s own, but I already knew that.

The question is, other than time, how can I eliminate excess skin? I don’t trust the sites selling potions and things.

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poisonedantidote's avatar

Surgery would also be off the table.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Sadly, no. Surgery is really the only realistic option for removing excess skin from weight gain/loss.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

No potions will do anything except make the loos crinkly skin very soft. Keep working out and after about a year you should see a return of some elasticity.

intrepidium's avatar

I don’t have an answer but I just wanted to say Congrats on how far you’d come – that’s really impressive!

poisonedantidote's avatar

The problem is not that bad at the moment, but when it’s doubled it could be.

As for how well I have done… It is really not that much, I look virtually the same, for someone my size, lose a little on the legs belly and arms, and it adds up fast, but thanks.

JilltheTooth's avatar

You’re pretty young, aren’t you? After awhile it should contract to fit your new self, I think you’ve probably enough elasticity. Good on yer for working so hard.

poisonedantidote's avatar

@JilltheTooth I’m 28, “ex-smoker” 11 year habbit. Last time I did this I was 14, I never had to deal with loose skin last time.

From what I hear, the skin will recover at almost any age, it just takes longer. I just hope I don’t end up walking around with a skin poncho for the next 2 years lol.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Ps. There is very little chance I’m going to lose another 40 kilos, (I would look/be? anorexic) I will lose the fat, but next week I am increasing my muscle building routine, for now I had just been doing some toning and warmup on weights, it’s been 90% cardio. So, there probably wont be twice as much loose skin once I’m done.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@poisonedantidote The muscle building routine will help with the loose skin. It will still take time for it to return to normal.

poisonedantidote's avatar

@WestRiverrat Yea… some how I can’t picture my self with 1 giant abdominal muscle.

anartist's avatar

You are young, your skin will gradually shrink to your new size. Use a loofah or other exfoliate when you shower and let nature take its course. This is really a problem for much older people or people who have weighed over 300 pounds before.

FluffyChicken's avatar

When you’ve been bigger your skin looses some of its elasticity, and that’s a big part of why that happens. Keep your skin moisturized. Use moisturizing lotions to help your skin regain its natural elasticity, and drink lots of water and stay hydrated. Exfoliation should help too.

Judi's avatar

I got a tummy tuck as my reward for loosing the extra 80 lbs. I was 43 and had given birth to three kids. No amount of diet and exercise would get rid of that panis

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