Loose Skin After Weight Loss What to do about it?
Of all the stumbling blocks a person can encounter on their journey to lose weight, there is one that many overweight individuals scarcely give a thought to, until they finally faced with it: loose skin. Although this does not affect everyone that loses weight, it is quite common among those who undertake rapid weight loss programs or undergo certain medical procedures designed to make them drop large amounts of weight quickly.
In such a situation, your skin’s elasticity might simply not be able to keep up with this sudden, drastic change. However, there are a few things you can do to minimize this, and for best results, the simplest of these implement methods as early as possible.
1.) Exercise to build muscle:
Regardless of what type of diet you might be on, exercise is no less important after losing the weight than it is during the actual process. Not only is it necessary to prevent you from gaining it all back, but it also helps to tighten up some of that loose skin and smooth it out.
Although virtually any type of exercise will help to some degree, the most efficient approach is to work on building muscle. Rapid weight loss entails depriving your body of nutrients and calories. Consequently, it will attempt to digest both fat and muscle tissue to make up for this loss, resulting in this sagging skin condition.
This can minimize by undertaking a strength training program that will not only maintain your muscle tone as you diet but also help you to develop some more muscle mass to create a tight layer beneath the skin. It could take anywhere from several months to a year or more of dedicated effort to tighten yourself up through exercise, and the best results will occur among those who have 50 pounds or less to lose.
2.) Eat foods that are good for your skin:
Collagen is a compound your body produces that is responsible for maintaining smooth, tight skin. As you age, your skin’s elasticity is reduced, due to decreased collagen production (which eventually results in the wrinkled skin associated with old age).
Although eating properly is already a given. In a weight loss situation, there are certain foods you can eat that will help stimulate your body’s collagen production.
Protein-rich foods (especially soy protein) such as cottage cheese, tofu, nuts, seeds and beans contain the components necessary for collagen production. An important point to consider is that the time when your body is most primed to absorb these protein sources is within the first 45 minutes after a workout.
3.) Collagen creams:
There are also creams and lotions available that are designed to do the same thing. One advantage of these creams is that the massaging action required to rub them in. Massaging the area can also stimulate the tissues in such a way as to contribute to tighter skin over time.
However, they could take several months to achieve the desired results, depending on the severity of the condition.
4.) Velashape 3 treatment:
Another non-invasive way to treat loose skin is through Velashape 3 treatments. This procedure involves the use 3 technologies; Infrared light, Radio frequency, Vacuum technology, and Mechanical manipulation; massage rollers to improve lymphatic drainage and has the benefit working the deeper tissues beneath the skin. This stimulates the collagen cells directly. It includes multiple treatments over a period of several weeks and is much more effective when combined with exercise.
5.) Cosmetic surgery:
The most extreme cases of loose skin will require cosmetic surgery, this an invasive procedure and involves surgical risks. Some plastic surgeons recommend waiting a year before having surgery, primarily to establish a stable body weight.
This will also provide you with more time to decide whether you need surgery at all. Provided you are trying and doing what you can to build muscle and take care of your skin. Remember, this is the quickest way to take care of loose skin, but also the most expensive.
The costs and risks associated with the surgery are only worthwhile in cases where loose skin is most excessive.
Although the loose skin removed completely with the remaining skin pulled in tight to close up the gap.
The recovery is painful, requires you to remain in bed for a week, avoid physical activity for almost three weeks. And not to ignore the surgical scar associated with the procedure.
Unless you are losing the weight fast, you might not even have to worry about loose skin. Losing a pound or two a week tends to be easier on your skin.
However, The safest and cost-effective way is, to begin with, proper diet and exercise and give that time to work.
Call us today 042855546 to schedule a free consultation or Request An Appointment.