remove loose skinWe often hear about success stories of people who managed to lose weight after following a strict diet, a workout program, or both. In the age of social media, that is very hard to miss: you see Instagram photos of what they eat, before and after shots of how much weight they have already lost, or a new Facebook profile picture that put their toned muscles on a spotlight.

People do it out of vanity, to promote getting fit and healthier lifestyle, or maybe to remind themselves about their hard work to achieve their desired weight. But, there is something about drastic weight loss that people do not normally post on social media: heavy folds of sagging skin.

When Your Skin Couldn’t Cope

In the case of massive weight loss, there’s an ugly truth that your skin may not “fit” you like your old pair of jeans. They can hang around your stomach, arms, or legs as a painful reminder of your old self. This may be because of age, as older people are much more prone to having loose skin after weight loss. It could also be due to genetics or how fast you lost weight and not giving your skin the chance to adjust; maybe your skin doesn’t respond to traditional toning exercises. And for someone who worked hard to get in a better shape, it is, without a doubt, depressing to literally not fit your own skin. But, what can you do about it?

Post-Weight Loss

There are various ways to tighten skin after weight loss. But for extreme cases that do not respond to tightening creams and oils or other products, you may want to consider having cosmetic surgeries like abdominoplasty, commonly called “tummy tuck.” Consult a specialist and do your own research.

This can help you set your expectations and know if the procedure is right for you. Weigh the pros and cons, what it can and cannot do, cost, and the possible health risks.

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