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AEnigma27
02-20-2007, 06:38 PM
First off, hi everyone.

I'm brand new to this forum and this is my first post.

Basically, I've been serious about getting in shape for the last six months or so. Of the last 4 months, I've been working cardio nearly everyday (On average, 4 days a week for varying amounts of time ranging from 15-60 minutes) to lose the fat without regard for my muscle. And it worked: I lost 80 Ibs, but unfortunately, I also lost a large quantity of strength which makes me believe a lot of my muscle mass was lost (I can't tell from appearance alone since I was so much bigger that it may just have been the fat that made me look bigger). This isn't too disheartening for me since I believe I can gain that back over time (it's my new goal); but this is all getting off topic.

I'd like to know about the excess, loose skin hanging off my lower belly.

I've seen this kind of thing on TV medical shows where long, flabby "sheets" of skin hang off obese people who've undergone surgery and the only solution is more (cosmetic) surgery. I hate to think of this as my only option considering it isn't something I can probably afford (nor would I waste money like that unless I had it to spare).

I'll just get straight to the questions so I can get some answers without wasting everybody's time and patience.

Question 1: Does skin tighten on its own over time?

Question 2: Is there anything I can do to speed up the process like with my diet or resistance training?

Question 3: Will training my abs (ie making the muscles larger) make it "fit" the skin better?

I think that's it. I might double post if I think of other questions I'd like to ask.

Thanks in advance to everybody who responds.

Intensity79
02-20-2007, 06:53 PM
I lost 40 lbs. in 6 weeks, and have some loose belly skin. I'm hoping it tightens with time. I've read articles that the skin is incredibly elastic and it will adjust over time. Water helps further the skin's ability to elasticize. Let's cross our fingers and hope it squeezes back. If not, there's always a tummy tuck option down the road. My only problem with that is the scar that it leaves.

SRLift
02-20-2007, 06:55 PM
First off, hi everyone.

I'm brand new to this forum and this is my first post.

Basically, I've been serious about getting in shape for the last six months or so. Of the last 4 months, I've been working cardio nearly everyday (On average, 4 days a week for varying amounts of time ranging from 15-60 minutes) to lose the fat without regard for my muscle. And it worked: I lost 80 Ibs, but unfortunately, I also lost a large quantity of strength which makes me believe a lot of my muscle mass was lost (I can't tell from appearance alone since I was so much bigger that it may just have been the fat that made me look bigger). This isn't too disheartening for me since I believe I can gain that back over time (it's my new goal); but this is all getting off topic.

I'd like to know about the excess, loose skin hanging off my lower belly.

I've seen this kind of thing on TV medical shows where long, flabby "sheets" of skin hang off obese people who've undergone surgery and the only solution is more (cosmetic) surgery. I hate to think of this as my only option considering it isn't something I can probably afford (nor would I waste money like that unless I had it to spare).

I'll just get straight to the questions so I can get some answers without wasting everybody's time and patience.

Question 1: Does skin tighten on its own over time?

Question 2: Is there anything I can do to speed up the process like with my diet or resistance training?

Question 3: Will training my abs (ie making the muscles larger) make it "fit" the skin better?

I think that's it. I might double post if I think of other questions I'd like to ask.

Thanks in advance to everybody who responds.

Answer 1: Yes, skin can tighten over time, but there are conditions. Age is one factor(being you are still 21, your skin probably still has pretty good elasticity). And another factor is how long you have been overweight---the longer your skin has been stretched, the less likely it will snap back at its full capacity

Answer 2: Drinking water is very good for how the skin recovers, so make sure to drink plenty of it. As for training, yes you definitely want to make sure you train your abs

Answer 3: YES! Be sure to work your abs when you train, and making them larger will certainly help fill out your skin better as they grow.

Good luck!!!

AEnigma27
02-20-2007, 07:17 PM
That was quick. Thanks to you both for responding.

I just uploaded a pic I took with my new digital camera a couple weeks ago. It'll give a small idea of what I have I guess - though it's not a natural pose. I'll get some of those eventually after I get the camera to work again.

It's good to know about the water thing helping my skin fix itself. I drink nothing but water and a lot of it. I have a 2.2 liter I carry to work and sometimes school. I usually refill it every other day to boot.

I'll make abs a priority seeing as there what can help me obtain the look I'm, uh, looking for.

Thanks for the advice again and anybody who'd like to add their two cents are welcome too. I'm listening.

bigbaby338
02-20-2007, 08:05 PM
80 pounds in 4 months? What kind of diet did you follow? BnA pics?

SRLift
02-20-2007, 08:07 PM
You look pretty darn good for losing 80 lbs! Nice work man

EdgeOfThorns
02-20-2007, 08:08 PM
I think you may of lost it too fast bro, thats alot in 4 months.

I been back on my routine and im on about a 2 lb a week loss, i think anymore than that is really going to make the loose skin issue even more troublesome.

So my advice:

Put that 80 back on and lose it slower :p jk

Like everyone said, i think workin abs big time, drinkin water, diet etc...should help alot.

northbiker
02-20-2007, 08:37 PM
post before and after pics!!!!

DrBermant
03-13-2007, 07:10 PM
First off, hi everyone.

I'm brand new to this forum and this is my first post.

Basically, I've been serious about getting in shape for the last six months or so. Of the last 4 months, I've been working cardio nearly everyday (On average, 4 days a week for varying amounts of time ranging from 15-60 minutes) to lose the fat without regard for my muscle. And it worked: I lost 80 Ibs, but unfortunately, I also lost a large quantity of strength which makes me believe a lot of my muscle mass was lost (I can't tell from appearance alone since I was so much bigger that it may just have been the fat that made me look bigger). This isn't too disheartening for me since I believe I can gain that back over time (it's my new goal); but this is all getting off topic.

I'd like to know about the excess, loose skin hanging off my lower belly.

I've seen this kind of thing on TV medical shows where long, flabby "sheets" of skin hang off obese people who've undergone surgery and the only solution is more (cosmetic) surgery. I hate to think of this as my only option considering it isn't something I can probably afford (nor would I waste money like that unless I had it to spare).

I'll just get straight to the questions so I can get some answers without wasting everybody's time and patience.

Question 1: Does skin tighten on its own over time?

Question 2: Is there anything I can do to speed up the process like with my diet or resistance training?

Question 3: Will training my abs (ie making the muscles larger) make it "fit" the skin better?

I think that's it. I might double post if I think of other questions I'd like to ask.

Thanks in advance to everybody who responds.

Congratulations on your weight loss! Does it not feel great getting that extra weight off?

Loose Skin After Weight Loss (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/after_weight_loss/) depends on many factors. For some the skin is actually damaged by being stretched out too far. For others, they just have elastic tissue that does not rebound well. A more gradual loss of weight seems much better than rapid weight loss. Shorter periods of distension tend to do better. Pregnancy stretched skin retracts better than someone overweight for years. Young skin shrinks better than older skin.

After weight loss, the skin can take some time to catch up. This can take from 6 months to 18 months.

I have recently added new resources to show the distortion of loose skin. Check out these photographs of a young woman after massive weight loss. (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/body_lift/loose_skin_weight_loss.htm) Move your cursor over the small images to see how much loose skin she had. Look at the different views of her lifting the drooping skin before surgery by checking the different tabs on top. The movies on that page show the problem even better than the pictures.

During surgery, she had very little fat remaining after the weight loss. The distortion was skin and lost support.

Other patients going through massive weight loss tighen their skin just fine. Each reacts individually.

The main issue is that the added fat and weight are not healthy. Get down to a fat percent or weight you feel better with and then wait to see how the skin shrinks. If not surgery, then body shaping compression garments can help to a degree.

Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty can deal with localized loose skin. (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/tummy_tuck_loose_skin.html)

More extensive loose skin problems need to consider more global options such as body lift surgery. (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/body_lift/loose_skin_weight_loss.htm)

Take your time to go beyond the first page for each section. The pictures and movies for each patient really show the problem and surgical sculpture solution.

Here is another patient with folds of loose extra skin after massive weight loss. (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/body_lift/teenager_body_lift.html)

Compression garments are an option for those trying to stabilize their tissues during exercise while losing weight or waiting for the skin to stabilize. I have just added a resource about compression vests showing pictures of patients with and without the vests. These results are with no surgery for patients having issues about their body contours, but were not ready for plastic surgery sculpture.

You can see actual examples of Compression Chest Contouring Without Surgery (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/index.html) for different types of gynecomastia here:

Compression Contouring After Massive Weight Loss (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/weightloss_body_shaper_vest.htm)

Garment for Body Builder with Gyno (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/bodybuilder_gyno_shaper.htm)

Garment During Endocrine Stabilization (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/endocrine_gyno_bodyshaper.htm)

Body Shaping for Puffy Nipples (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/puffynipple_bodyshaper_vest.htm)

Body Shaping Compression Contouring for Overweight Male (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/black_body_shaper_vest.htm) - This one shows the Black Vest in use.

Body Shaper Compression Garment for Severly Obese Male (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/obese_body_shaper_vest.htm)

Which Color Vest Looks Best? (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/a/no-surgery_body_shaping/black_white_body_shaping.htm)

Vests DO NOT remove the gynecomastia or puffy nipples, but many have told me that they feel much more confident while losing weight, exercising, or awaiting their medical problem to stabilize.

Check out the multiple views for each patient. Clink on the links to see other views of the garment and features of this design I prefer. We have been working with other garments for the stomach, thighs, buttocks but those resources are not yet up on the website.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
Learn More About Tummy Tuck Abdominal Sculpture (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/abdominoplasty/index.html)