Loose Skin

When you gain weight, your skin has to stretch out to accommodate your extra fat. So it makes sense that when you shed large amounts of weight you’re often faced with loose skin. Additionally, if you lose this fat particularly quickly or if you don’t exercise while losing weight the excess skin has nowhere to go. If you’ve lost a lot of weight through diets or exercise, the chances are you may face the problem of loose skin.  Skin is a very elastic organ and as you grow it stretches to cover your body. When you lose weight, your skin can shrink as well, especially the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis.

However, if you lose weight very fast, the elastic components of your skin might not have enough time to adapt to the rapid loss of fat that keeps your skin stretched out over your body. Besides, if further weight loss and exercise leads to a tightening of the problem ‘loose skin’ areas then it is probably fat.  Conversely, if further weight loss/ increases the loose skin problem, then it is probably ‘just skin’. Skin will often appear loose if you rapidly lose a large amount of weight. Excess skin occurs after weight-loss surgery or fad diets that quickly shed pounds before your skin adjusts to your new body frame. The amount of loose skin you have after you lose weight depends on your age and the amount of time you carried the body fat. Your skin is somewhat elastic, which allows it to be stretched beyond its normal state and then return to its pre-stretched state. As you age, your skin loses elasticity, so loose skin after rapid weight loss might be. Your skin will get tighter as your body fat decreases, but this can take up to two years.

Body contouring surgery is available if you lost massive amounts of weight and you’ve seen little to no change in your skin’s condition after you’ve kept your weight stable for over a year. Surgery is not always an option. According to the Plastic Surgeons, it can take a few years for your body contouring to be complete since the surgery is often performed in stages. No creams will tighten loose skin.