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Extreme Weight Loss: What to Do When Your Skin Wants to Hang Around

There is no doubt that anyone who manages to lose 50 pounds in weight or more will probably feel pretty good about themselves, but one of the unfortunate rewards for your efforts, is some saggy skin and loose flaps as evidence of your previous size.

Here is a look at some of the ways you can tackle loose skin and get your body in line with your new size and shape.

Loose skin

If any of us experience average or moderate weight loss, we will probably find that our skin will have enough elasticity in it to shrink back in line with your new size.

There are proteins in the skin called collagen and elastin that give it the ability to adapt to a slight change in your weight and size but there are limits, and extreme weight loss can often go beyond these boundaries and leave you with loose skin to deal with.

Rapid weight loss can basically outrun the collagen-producing abilities of your body, resulting in skin which tends to hang from the body and create a saggy appearance.

Set a slower pace

One of the best ways of avoiding the problem of sagging skin is to not lose weight too quickly, as healthy weight loss tends to yield better results in the long run and gives your skin a chance to keep up.

The general advice would be to aim to lose no more than 1kg per week as rapid weight-loss diets are not often good for your health and crucially, your skin has a chance to keep pace with your weight reduction.

Correcting your sagging skin problem

Although progressive weight-loss over a long period of time is definitely sound advice worth heeding, many people who want to lose a substantial amount of weight, feel compelled and motivated to lose weight as quickly as possible once they see the positive results on the scales.

If this is the case, then you will maybe want to consider how you deal with correcting your resulting sagging skin problem, which is often a consequence of your rapid weight-loss efforts.

You will be able to find a good number of plastic surgeons such as KR Plastic Surgery, who can perform body-contouring surgery like a circumferential body lift, breast reduction, or whatever is deemed appropriate to your situation after you have taken proper advice.

Skin tightening technology

A non-invasive procedure to also consider is skin tightening technology.

The FDA have approved some Natural Radiofrequency and Ultrasound technologies that work on breaking up residual subcutaneous fat, which is a contributory factor towards sagging skin.

Radiofrequency technology works on stimulating collagen production and therefore accelerating the skin-tightening process in order to keep pace with your rapid weight reduction and encourage a long-term tightening effect.

Whichever route you choose to take in order to help your body adjust to your new shape after losing so much weight, you should always take a positive mental view and apply the same level of commitment and positivity to dealing with your new shape as you did in achieving your weight-loss target.

Dr. Kevin Ruhge is an aesthetic plastic surgeon in Pasadena, California who serves patients from all over the United States. He loves writing about health and wellness. Look for his articles mostly on medical and lifestyle blogs.

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