Best Ways to Tighten Loose Skin after Weight Loss


Man with Loose Stomach Skin

Loose skin after weight loss can be an embarrassment for the person who worked so hard to shed the pounds. For months, they had a goal of becoming a thinner person, but never pictured all the saggy skin. After a lot of hard work and dedication, the disappointment of seeing excess skin hanging from their body can lead to unwanted feelings of frustration. Unfortunately, for some, it may not be just about looks as skin folds can cause rashes that may lead to recurring skin infections.

Although it may not be possible for your skin to return to its original shape after losing a lot of weight, there is hope. First, if you are having problems with skin infection, seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional. Infections are easily treated and a medicated powder or cornstarch can help control sweating in the areas impacted by excess skin. Secondly, before you head to a plastic surgeon to have the extra skin removed (which can be expensive), there are things you can do to boost your excitement about the new, healthier version of yourself, such as:

1) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Drinking lots of water can help in restoring your skin's elasticity. By eating high water content fruits and vegetables, you'll support your healthy diet and ensure your skin, muscles and organs are properly replenished.

2) Add Strength Training

The aerobic exercises you did helped you lose the weight but mild to moderate strength training (not on consecutive days) will build muscle tissue under the skin helping the outer layers appear tighter.

3) Buy New Clothes That Fit

Shopping for new clothes can help you take pride in what you've accomplished. Plus, you'll eliminate the baggy threads and showcase your slimmer physique. People will notice and the compliments will help you manage damaging self-talk.

4) Accept What Your Body Can Do

The length of time you were overweight (and your skin was stretched), the longer it might take to bounce back. Focus on the health gains and take pride in what you can do now that seemed impossible months earlier.

5) Surround Yourself with People Who Care

Many weight-loss team members at the Metabolic Research Center were clients before they joined our staff. Since we've been in your shoes, we understand what you've achieved and what you're going through. Support and encouragement are important components of successful weight management.

Depending upon the amount of weight you lost, your skin may need longer to react to your new shape. So, embrace your new self-image and accept the fact that it might have a lot to do with your age and genetic makeup. Everyone's skin starts to lose some of its elasticity as a natural process of aging. Stop comparing yourself to magazine models and start enjoying the healthier life that you made possible.

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