I am losing alot of weight and worried about excess skin is there anything i can do to avoid, minimise the effects???
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 34
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Thanks again, for your question. Weight loss usually results in excess skin and possibly some muscle separations and weakness in the lower abdomen. The excessive skin can drape over the pubic area and there can be bulging of the lower abdomen. If the weight loss is significant and the draping and bulging very distorting, in some cases insurance coverage may be available. This is often considered cosmetic, however, and may not be covered. The "tummy tuck" operation is usually done under general anesthesia, sometimes as an outpatient and involves an incision horizontally in the lower abdomen. Excess skin and muscle "tightening" is done which dramatically improbes the "tummy". Other areas of loose skin also can be tightened , but some scarring will result. Excercise and a good, healthy diet are important and when your weight is stable, if the problems persist, the consultation, as recommended are good to learn of the reasonable expectations, risks and options availabel. Best of luck.
There are multiple areas that plastic surgical procedures can help with excess skin after weight loss. The face, abdomen, arms, thighs and buttocks are the areas where excess skin can be removed. These types of surgery should not be considered until after you have reached your goals. In the meantime, keep up the good work and exercise to help reach your goal.
There are no creams, ointments, exercises or other methods now known that will decrease the excess skin. Only weight gain (unhealthy) or plastic surgery will minimize the excess skin. Aging and any weight loss will result in excess skin. Stopping smoking and using sunscreens or avoiding excess sun slows skin looseness.
The only thing that will help minimize the excess skin is losing weight slowly so that the skin can attempt to shrink as you lose weight. If you lose weight rapidly, you will have excess skin. I wish that I could give you a better answer. Just remember that the excess skin can be removed surgically when you are ready.
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