How to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss

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Are you looking to tighten loose skin after weight loss? If you have lost a lot of weight, especially if you have done so over a fairly short timespan, you will likely find yourself with loose skin sagging from various portions of your body, particularly the belly, thighs, and under the arms. Not only is this excess skin unsightly, but it can lead to painful rashes infections, and remains behind as a constant reminder of the previous obesity. Even though prevention is the best method, there are several things you can do to help tighten loose skin after weight loss.

  • Eat plenty of lean protein and drink lots of water. Protein is the main building block of the body, and your body will need plenty of it in order to repair and rebuild itself. Giving it ample protein gives it plenty of raw material to work with, and can potentially help tighten loose skin as it is replaced. Drinking lots of water helps promote skin elasticity, and can help make it better able to shrink back down.

  • Brush your body daily. Regular use of a soft bristled body brush or frequent vigorous scrubbing with a loofah can help tighten loose skin by stimulating the skin cells and brushing away dead skin, both of which encourage your body to regenerate the skin you are brushing. This is best done in the shower because of the large amount of dead skin that is brushed away.

  • Continue exercising. Sometimes it is possible to "fill in" those empty areas by building muscle to take the place of the lost fat. Some people suggest that possibly the loose skin is left over due to a layer of fat left just below the surface of the skin, and that the only way to tighten it is to reduce your body fat percentage even more.

  • Consider skin removal surgery. While an invasive, expensive option, sometimes it is simply not possible to tighten loose skin when it has been stretched too far. This is, unfortunately, common in cases of extreme obesity. Skin is only so elastic, and sometimes removing the skin entirely is the only way.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid over the counter lotions, creams, and pills advertised to tighten loose skin after weight loss. They are almost always useless.
  • Skin removal is a major surgery, and should be treated as such. Research your doctor and do not rush things.
  • Photo Credit Miguel Saavedra
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