3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Maintainers > Body Image and Issues after Weight Loss

Body Image and Issues after Weight Loss Including discussions about excess skin and reconstructive surgery

Loose skin after weight loss

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-28-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 11

S/C/G: 350/350/145

Height: 5'7

Default Loose skin after weight loss

I am terrified of this! I have about 200lbs to lose, and I am so terrified of having loose skin. I am going to follow through with the weight loss just because it is the healthy road to take, but I am terrified I will still be just as insecure as I am now. I can't afford a tummy tuck or any other type of cosmetic surgery.

Is there anyone out there that has lost such a large amount as 200lbs, and had minimal saggy skin? I expect to have saggy skin, I know that is inevitable but has anyone that has lost a large amount been able to tighten up with exercise?

I've heard a few things like if you're young, have little or no stretch marks, stay away from salty food, and exercise regularly it can reduce saggy skin. Well, I'm 22 have VERY little stretch marks, non on my arms, legs, or stomach. I am avoiding sodium, I'm trying to do all I can, but this is what gets me discouraged. It makes me really depressed to think about.

Anyone with experience please answer.
jg0508 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
Changing for the better
 
TiffNeedsChange's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 815

S/C/G: 268/257/150

Height: 5'8"

Default

A few montgs ago in this forum there was a very similar question so you may want to search for that.
I think the best thing you have going for you is your age, your skin is still pretty elastic!! It really all hinges on genetics though. My brother needs to lose 200 pounds and what I say to him is that it is better to lose weight and have saggy skin that it is to have bloated and full skin full of fat (which will eventually sag anyway)
__________________
Celebrate every small victory!



One for every 5 pounds lost:

Last edited by TiffNeedsChange : 07-28-2012 at 06:01 PM.
TiffNeedsChange is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
Not settling this time
 
Prim2012's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Nothern, NJ
Posts: 143

S/C/G: HW/CW/GW 278/149/130

Height: 5'3

Default

I understand your concern. There are several threads here on this topic with many thoughtful replies and even pics of successful results. Like Tiff said, use the search feature for "loose skin" to get lots of answers on this.
Prim2012 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
Adbukovsky
 
adbukovsky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Garfield, NJ
Posts: 16

S/C/G: 237/237/135

Height: 5'4

Default Repost (only because I put it in the wrong category!) Replies appreciated!

Note: Sorry about the re-post. By accident I posted in the UK weight loss part and wanted this question to be directed towards everyone.

Hi guys! I know that you've all discussed this on many different parts of the forum, but I can't help but ask personally for myself everyone's thoughts on a specific question I want to ask. I've been reading up a bit about saggy skin, and I know that if you have had weight on you for a good amount of time, it increases your chances of having saggy skin. If you've only been overweight for a "few" years, chances are higher that you won't be dealing with loose skin, or very little, if any. My question is...what are a "few" years? I've been fat for 5 years now, my highest weight being 228, but usually my weights been a solid 226 through that duration of time. Before that, I've pretty much been skinny all my life, but I did deal with getting chubby at 16 then losing 50 pounds in 3 months at 17 1/2. Unfortunately, it was because of medicine, and once I got off that medicine, I blew up way worse, and that's when the 5 years of fatness began. Because I gained the weight back so quickly, my stretch marks appeared. Anyways, would 5 years constitute as a few years? My boobs already (regardless of losing 15 pounds so far) have loose skin, and I know that's going to be affected, but man...I'm worried. I was feeling my fat under my arms and I can slightly stretch the skin away from my arms. Could that be just from it being fat? Or is it already the beginning of what we all fear? I'll post photos so you folks have a good idea of what I'm talking about. Also, my weight has been pretty evenly distributed over the years, but my stomach and breast have gotten the most of it, it seems. Has anyone ever had a big stomach but lose it with little to no loose skin? If so, could you share some photos? I need some inspiration! LAST question. I'm sure all of us have had our stretch mark problems, but I have a lot of stretch marks on my stomach. I already know they are there for life, and may look better as I lose weight, but do stretch marks on the stomach = loose skin? Does it affect the skin in such a way? Oh, btw, I'm 23, will be 24 in October~!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1192.jpg (21.8 KB, 67 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_7980.jpg (20.7 KB, 71 views)
File Type: jpg TPhoto_00002.jpg (18.6 KB, 65 views)
File Type: jpg TPhoto_00013.jpg (19.5 KB, 56 views)
__________________
Love yourself, no matter what.

A cheer for every 5 pounds lost!

(I gained 41 pounds back from falling of the band wagon back in the mid of October 2012. This is my new tracker. I don't have the heart to take down my old one as I'm so sad about it... )

adbukovsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #5
Hi, I'm Lauren! :)
 
mimsyborogoves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,212

S/C/G: HW:278/SW:241/CW:166/GW:145

Height: 5'4

Default

I am actually quite terrified of loose skin. I'm young, but until the past couple months, I had weighed well over 200lbs for at least 10 years. I'm just scared that no matter what exercise or dieting I do, I will look completely disgusting when I'm done and won't ever have a normal looking body. I'm not expecting to be perfect, but I don't want to have back wings and major back rolls and that line between my lower abdomen and upper abdomen...ugh. I'm terrified.
__________________
Back at it temporarily!




I have a blog! Check it out!
mimsyborogoves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
Adbukovsky
 
adbukovsky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Garfield, NJ
Posts: 16

S/C/G: 237/237/135

Height: 5'4

Default

Me too. T^T I'm hoping the skin I'm pulling isn't loose skin but is just an indicator that I have a lot of fat to loose. Thankfully I've only been over 200lbs for about 3 years, and in the higher range of 185 for two, but gah.... Idk. I guess we should just be happy to be fat free and healthy! I know that I have crappy skin to begin with (I'm an obsessive picker) and I'd rather be skinny with shitty skin then fat, because unfortunately men are shallow and would rather have someone that is thinner.
__________________
Love yourself, no matter what.

A cheer for every 5 pounds lost!

(I gained 41 pounds back from falling of the band wagon back in the mid of October 2012. This is my new tracker. I don't have the heart to take down my old one as I'm so sad about it... )

adbukovsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 12:07 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 11

S/C/G: 350/350/145

Height: 5'7

Default

I will have to look more into it.

This really concerns me. Of course I would rather be healthy than overweight, but I just can't describe my anxieties on this matter. I'm insecure as it is, I just can't imagine how much worse it can get to win a battle over obesity just to be just as insecure with loose, saggy skin. I wouldn't mind a little bit, but I am worried about having many pounds worth of sagging skin. I can't fix it with cosmetic surgery, I can not afford it. I hate thinking like this, I really do but this is my main concern after my health of course.
jg0508 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 12:13 AM   #8
Hi, I'm Lauren! :)
 
mimsyborogoves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,212

S/C/G: HW:278/SW:241/CW:166/GW:145

Height: 5'4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by adbukovsky View Post
I'd rather be skinny with shitty skin then fat, because unfortunately men are shallow and would rather have someone that is thinner.
See, that's the thing that worries me the most. I've had enough trouble with guys finding me attractive while being overweight (didn't happen til recently after I'd lost a good bit of it), now I have to worry about them being attracted to me, and then STILL being attracted to me once they see my naked, not-fat-but-obviously-used-to-be body. And you ladies can say "BLAHBLAH IF HE'S A REAL MAN HE'LL LOVE YOU FOR YOU!" all you want to, but quite frankly, I am not married yet and am not ready to BE married yet, and I'd like to be attractive for a potential mate, whether its for a relationship, sex, whatever. I'm only 22; I have a life to live.
__________________
Back at it temporarily!




I have a blog! Check it out!
mimsyborogoves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 12:34 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 11

S/C/G: 350/350/145

Height: 5'7

Default

Mimsy, how is your skin looking so far? I feel I can relate to you because you are my age. Of course I am bigger, but the age plays a role.

The thing with me though, is I have unfortunately been overweight my entire life. That makes it even more stressful. I'm hoping that since great skin elasticity runs through my family, and I am so young with minimal stretchmarks that it won't be so bad.

I am aware I will have excess skin, but I'm worried of a puddle of flab around my entire body. This concerns me.
jg0508 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 12:47 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
pink61091's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 18

S/C/G: 265.8/249.6/130

Height: 5'4"

Default

I'm so glad theres other people out there who feel the same about it as me. I've been trying to prepare myself for it cause I know its gonna be inevitable seeing as I have 130 pounds to lose. I stress myself out about tothe point that I have anxiety. I guess ill just have to see what happens when I get there. I can save all the money I used to spend on fast food and put it towards getting out removed lmao
pink61091 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 01:11 AM   #11
Hi, I'm Lauren! :)
 
mimsyborogoves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,212

S/C/G: HW:278/SW:241/CW:166/GW:145

Height: 5'4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jg0508 View Post
Mimsy, how is your skin looking so far? I feel I can relate to you because you are my age. Of course I am bigger, but the age plays a role.
I've also been overweight, in fact obese my entire life. I started gaining weight when I was 5 and was at least 250 by the time I was 13. I have major bat wings that have only shrunk a little bit, and I really don't have a whole lot quite yet because I still have a lot of fat to lose. I have a lot on my boobs, and it's getting a little noticeable at the bottom of my stomach; something tells me I'm going to have a permanent flap there. I have a feeling the next 20lbs will give you a more accurate assessment.
__________________
Back at it temporarily!




I have a blog! Check it out!
mimsyborogoves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2012, 01:26 AM   #12
Adbukovsky
 
adbukovsky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Garfield, NJ
Posts: 16

S/C/G: 237/237/135

Height: 5'4

Default

Question for those that may know. Does stretch marks = loose skin? I have tons on my stomach, and I'm worried that that will be the cause of stretchy skin. Anyone know if that's the case?
__________________
Love yourself, no matter what.

A cheer for every 5 pounds lost!

(I gained 41 pounds back from falling of the band wagon back in the mid of October 2012. This is my new tracker. I don't have the heart to take down my old one as I'm so sad about it... )

adbukovsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 01:07 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
k8yk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Posts: 226

S/C/G: 287/175/180

Height: 5'9"

Default

Ladies, you simply cannot know how your body will look when you are finished without going there yourself.
Every single person will have a different experience depending on many, many factors. I'm sorry to say that, but you will just have to wait and see. Focus on your journey and making the best choices you can along the way, and cross that loose skin bridge when and if you come to it. If there's one thing that's definitely a hinderance to weight loss (and living a happy life in general) it's stress and anxiety.
Stressing about tomorrow won't change tomorrow, it will only rob today of its joy.
k8yk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
Back to Basics!
 
ChickieChicks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,037

S/C/G: 187/127/125

Height: 5' 2.5"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by adbukovsky View Post
Question for those that may know. Does stretch marks = loose skin? I have tons on my stomach, and I'm worried that that will be the cause of stretchy skin. Anyone know if that's the case?
I can't say how stratchmarks affect everyone,but oddly for me, it did not equal loose skin. At least not the way I expected. My thighs, for example. I got stratchmarks from pregnancy weight gain, but it was as if my thighs split like casings on overstuffed sausages, I swear to you....I have vertical stratchmarks, saved no more than half a centimeter apart over every square inch of my thighs. Front, back, side, everywhere.

That being said, they have sprung back to a smaller size surprisingly well. You can see in my goal pictures. The downside, of course, is that they will never be able to completely go down to their former size, because of being stretched so. But they don't sag, or wrinkle like I thought they would.

Everyone is different, so don't assume! Just lose the weight, tone and worry about it later.
__________________


GOAL Photos & Story
ChickieChicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2012, 01:55 PM   #15
I can do anything!
 
ValRock's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 2,509

S/C/G: 267/Ticker/150 & BAMF

Height: 5'9.5"

Default

Stop worrying about this!!!

Whatever your body looks like when you lose the weight, will be a billion times better than how it looked with pounds of extra fat on it. Just stick to it, don't give up, and cross that bridge when you get to it.

Everyone is different.
__________________
It's OK to be Strong & Pretty! Lift heavy or go home!
ValRock is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Loose skin after weight loss.. GoalDec20 Metabolic Research Center 15 10-04-2010 09:50 AM
Regarding loose skin after weight loss... Sweet Melissa Body Image and Issues after Weight Loss 40 08-29-2010 10:54 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:17 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2