But now you have a new problem... how to get rid of that annoying layer of loose skin that just doesn't go away, no matter what you do.
What is the reason for excess skin after weight loss?
The skin is the largest organ in your body and forms a protective barrier against the environment. The inner layer of the skin is made up of proteins, which contain collagen and elastin.
Collagen, which is 80% of your skin's structure, provides elasticity and vigor. Elastin provides elasticity and helps keep your skin elastic.
As you gain weight, the skin stretches to make room for further growth in the area of the abdomen and other parts of the body. Pregnancy is an example. Skin expansion during pregnancy occurs over several months, and stretched skin usually retracts a few months after the child is born.
In contrast, most people with obesity are overweight for many years, often from infancy or adolescence, when the skin has been stretched a lot and stays that way for a long period of time, the elastin and collagen fibers break down. As a result, they lose some of their ability to retract. As a result, when someone loses a large amount of weight, excess skin hangs from their body.
In general, the more weight loss, the more pronounced the effect of loose skin.
Researchers also report that patients undergoing weight-loss surgery form less new collagen, and their composition is lower compared to collagen in young, healthy skin.
Conclusion: When skin is stretched during considerable weight gain, it often loses its ability to contract after weight loss due to damage to collagen, elastin, and other components responsible for the elasticity of your skin.
Moreover, most studies have found that body contouring surgery improves the quality of life for people suffering from obesity. However, another study showed that some patients presented a decrease in their quality of life after the procedure.
Fight the flaccidity of your skin without surgery
Losing weight is a big achievement. This is definitely a big step and it's hard to do, so you should be very proud of yourself.
Loose skin, unfortunately, is a side effect. If this is your case and you feel frustrated that you can't do anything to tighten your skin, here are some tips you can put into practice at home.
The safest way to tighten excess skin is to surgically remove the excess. It's best to talk to a plastic surgeon, who has many different ways of treating you and will therefore guide you through the decision to choose what's best for you.
SEE ALSO: Weight Loss Surgery, Loose Skin, and Post-Bariatric Surgery
Learn how to fight flaccidity after weight loss
It's not fair that after losing all that weight you're afraid or feel self-conscious about showing yourself as you are. Much less after all the effort you've made to achieve the weight you've always dreamed of.
Take that idea out of your head, you don't have to live hidden behind wide clothes in order to feel comfortable...
It is not your fault, the important thing is that you decide to get down to work and start doing the actions that will help correct the situation.
There are several techniques and strategies that can help you restore the elasticity of the skin, to tone and look that slender body that has cost you so much work.
The keys to success in having good skin after losing weight are good food, water and exercise. Firming creams and massages are a great help, but if you don't do the above, they don't help at all.