How to Deal with Extra Skin after a Weightloss

Depending on the current state of your skin and the scope of your weight-loss results, there are various ways you can make it firm and tight again. Whether it’s a matter of the post baby-bump skin or sagginess that inevitably came with great weight reduction, you can make it go away with a smart application of creams, proper nutrition and various treatments.

We have you covered, from the tips for people who are now starting a diet to the proven weight-loss champions. Bear with us if you’re interested in knowing how to handle the annoying excess skin and get into your favourite clothes without trouble.

Preemptive steps
It’s advisable to get your skin prepared and take good care of it during the weight-loss process, so you’d have considerably smaller problems with it afterwards.
  • Don’t lose too much too quickly: With a sped up weight-loss, in most cases the skin cannot keep up the pace, especially as we get older. Lose the pounds gradually for the optimal results.
  • The necessary hydration: Water provides the necessary suppleness and glow to our dermis, and maintaining our skin hydrated throughout the process will make it easier for it to rebound.
  • The power of food: Choose your nutrition plan wisely, and make sure to include lots of raw food, especially organic tomatoes. Its lycopene component is a mighty agent in a battle for elasticity.

Creams and lotions
The specialised cosmetic products can help to an extent, and in this race, every product counts and can add up to the overall success. For starters, you can give firming lotions a go, like the ones containing a Q10 formula. In my younger years, I have noticed results, and even a modest loss in centimeters.

My best advice for the mothers-to-be is to apply baby oil to the stomach region to help it retain its flexible structure, and they’ll have much less to deal with after delivery. Now, the stretchmarks that inevitably got formed, in stomach and other areas should be treated with specialised products. The aloe vera, herbal ingredients and vitamins A and E are the sought-after elements.

If even this doesn’t boost the collagen production, resort to collagen-based creams. They’re on the expensive side, but definitely worth it. Still, do your research and get the most suitable formula for you.

Moderate exposure
It’s truly important we pay attention to what’s our dermis exposed to before, during and after the diet. The sun can cause a substantial damage to our skin if we don’t dose it intelligently. When combined with tanning booths and chlorinated water (commonly found in pools), you’re in for a disaster.

One of the unfortunate consequences of unlimited sun/tanning lamp exposure is precisely the loss of elasticity in the skin. Ensure your skin is protected with the adequate SPF and keep the exposure at minimum.

Surgical procedure
Sometimes our skin just won’t budge, especially when the weight-loss is extreme and/or the person has been ill or had damaged skin in the first place. That’s when we should seriously take surgery into consideration.

It’s important to do a thorough research beforehand. A seasoned professional with a great history of success in the type of procedure you need can decide on the specific details, such as how much should be removed and how. This could apply to saggy arms, knees and inner-thigh area in particular. For the rescultping of the cleavage after a grand-scale weight-loss, it’s best to resort to breast reduction surgery as this tissue is mostly fat and cannot bounce back easily.

Quick tips on the go
  • Exfoliate with mineral salts
  • Try massages and seaweed wrapping
  • Introduce weight training and/or calisthenics
Now that you have finally brought your weight to the desired number, don’t get disheartened by the excess skin. You can oust it masterfully with a combination of our suggested treatments.

(Contributed by Diana Smith)

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