Dealing with Excess Skin after Weight Loss

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You have worked hard and been disciplined with exercise and diet to achieve your ideal weight. However, you may find you have excess skin that lingers as a reminder of how your body was in the past. Excess skin causes many health problems and contributes to poor self-esteem and self-image.


There are a few reasons your skin might not “snap back” after weight loss. It depends on how long you were overweight. The longer you were overweight, the more difficult it will be for your skin to get its shape back because it has lost its elasticity over that period of time. Age is also a factor; the older you are, the less elasticity you have in your skin, which can also cause the skin to sag. There are ways to resolve the problem.


Having excess skin removed is not an easy fix. There is no magic cream or certain exercise you can do to remove it. Fortunately, building muscle does

help you get toned, although you can still have excess skin. It usually has to be dealt with surgically. If you do decide to go this route, be aware it costs around $30,000 to have a total body uplift, according to WebMD. There are guidelines for having this type of procedure. Most surgeons will not perform the surgery unless you have been keeping your weight off and promise to continue to do so. There are many risks associated with having a surgical procedure to remove excess skin. Be sure you do your research and talk to your family physician to explore all options.  

DEALING WITH EXCESS SKIN AFTER WEIGHT LOSS

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Another area to address after weight loss is body image. It is important to be proud of yourself and your accomplishment. Don’t focus so much on your appearance but on how you feel and how healthy you are. When you lose a lot of weight, it is exciting to go clothes shopping. Use this as a way to reward yourself for all your hard work. Clothes can help cover excess skin. Find clothes that can hide those areas you don’t want others to see. An awesome new wardrobe will boost your self confidence.


As you continue your weight-loss journey, you may sometimes feel down about your physical appearance, but concentrate instead on how you feel on the inside. Give yourself credit for how hard you worked. Accept the things you cannot change; be adaptable to the changes that your body is making. Be positive and reflect on all the benefits you have right now in your new healthy body.