Loose Skin Treatments
Skin With Age & After Weight Loss
loss is, at most times, recommended for people who are overweight or
obese, but this process can in fact leave behind loose skin. The
condition of the skin will depend on the method of weight loss
(which can determine how quickly one looses weight), the amount of
weight loss, and the skin's elasticity. Also, doctors,
nutritionists, and dieticians recommend that people keep a close eye
on the condition of their skin for at least two years after weight
loss. If loose skin remains after two years, other than regaining
the weight, surgery may be the only alternative to make it go away.
These days, more
and more people are losing large amounts of weight fast with the aid
of weight loss surgeries. When people lose 50 - 100 pounds in a
rather short period of time, it's more unlikely that skin will be
able to shrink along with body mass. In contrast, when people lose a
reasonable amount of weight (less than 50 pounds) over the course of
months, the skin has a better chance of keeping up. In these cases,
the skin doesn't have as far to shrink, and loose areas can often be
tautened up through exercise — possibly by building muscles.
Along with the rate
and amount of weight loss, skin's elasticity must also be
considered. Elasticity is the degree to which skin is able to
stretch and then return to normal once the need to stretch is
removed — as in the case of weight gain and loss. The more fat that
stays beneath the skin and the longer it remains, the less compliant
the skin becomes. For this reason, skin is less likely to shrink in
cases of excessive and rapid weight loss because elasticity is
lessened. In cases where skin is enduringly stretched, people who
have lost a lot of weight may be left with excess skin.
People often look
to surgery to get rid of loose skin. The actual surgeries are called
body lifts, and they center on the areas where there is especially
loose skin. Lifts are frequently done around the abdomen, thighs,
breasts, and arms. Insurance companies rarely consider these
operations to be medically warranted unless they're needed to clean
up an infection resulting from the process of weight loss surgery.
This means patients usually have to shoulder the bill.
becoming more and more common for people to turn to surgical
interventions to help in dire weight loss, it's still important to
try firmly to make behavioral changes in working towards or keeping
a healthier weight. This will definitely promote your health and
well-being, no matter what your weight is and no matter what your
skin looks like.