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Excess Skin

Excess Skin

For those people who are morbidly obese, losing weight can sometimes not be the end of their health worries. As weight is put on the skin stretches and grows to accommodate the increased surface area, along with all the required blood vessels and tissue. When the weight is lost, the skin shrinks back, but only to a point, and those who have been heavily overweight are often left with saggy excess skin. Although exercise can help to tone up skin, the sheer quantity involved is often to much for self-help remedies, and in these circumstances surgery can be considered.

The operation, called an abdominoplasty, aims to remove the excess skin and fat and seal the skin back up. It is a serious pertain, and the sheer quantity of tissue that is involved means that it can only be carried out in stages, requiring multiple operations and extended recovery periods. The treatment is available on the NHS, but a patient will normally have to wait several years to ensure that their weight has stabilised and their body has fully recovered from the initial weightless.

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hi am 23 and unemployed i have a lot of loose skin due to weight lose and i need help to get my life back e.g i would like to go swimming / running /and get in the army but my skin problem stops me can u help please i just want my life back please couse not had a gf due to my loose skin





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Hello. I'm a mother of two under four years of age I'm A full time mum and house wife and work part time I am at my normal weight but I have terrible excess skin on my belly and it hangs.and my breast and facing down and saggy. I'm only 24 years old and I already feel like an old women rest of my body is thin. U wouldn't relise I have a belly like this at all unless I show you. It's effecting my sex life big time and I do not want or like to be touched it been a very long time since we done it in the bedroom because of my body. Even my kids have said why do you have a wobberly belly mummy. I'm not fat at all. It just my belly and Breast is like an old women. I would love love love to have some help remove the excess skin on my belly and correct my breast. I am very self conscious and low in confidence. :-( please help. It given me a lot of encourage to write this but I need help changing my body. I have excercise but it's not changing or helping as I have thin legs arms no bottom. And I don't want other place to get thinner. I tried doing lots of sit up. It's just giving me more excess of skin on my tummy and my breast saggier and I'm totally sure I have lost muscle in my tummy as its def not how it should be and I do believe my pregnancy bump has stretch my skin so bad the cause of it Thank you for taking your time to read





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Hi I'm 23 with 3 young children i was a size 6 when i fell pregnant and I'm petite so having a 9lb baby that was all tummy ment i now have a saggy tummy also, ive seen doctors who agree its the worse case they've seen, and after enquiring about a tummy tuck they have said NHS wont fund it. Im left with sagging skin low confidence in myself and my children saying they dont want kids incase it ruins their body. Totally know where you're coming from... think il be saving for the next 5-10years to go private. Xx

Im 19 years old and i have the same had one beautiful baby boy with my partner and i too have very very saggy skin. It is very hard to show to my partner and it effected my action in the bedroom too. I was a size 6 nice cervs flat stomach and all has been took away. I wouldn't change my baby boy for the world but your not alone on this. Try wraps and belts it baught my stomach down. I hope you find someone to do this for you. Best of luck !

Recommended surgeons? Been to see a few but don't mind paying the price as want it doing proper. I'm having abdominoplasty done but just wanted to see who people would recommend.





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I has 2 births one of my girls is 2 half and my other is 15 mouths but have very lose skin that I can't get rid off on my belly I am on a diet but it don't seem to go away what should I do ???

Hello, I've never done this before but this website has given me the courage to come forward and be open and honest like so many others have. I gave birth to my first child naturally via forceps in 2011. My daughter weighed 11.2lbs (over 5kg) and I've had an enormous amount of excess skin/apron/flap since. Even with my second pregnancy two years later I still had excess skin underneath my stomach when I was 9 months pregnant. I often get sores and aside from the way it looks my confidence has been shattered. I look 3 months pregnant and have done ever since. Normally I'm a size 12-14 but I buy size 20 plus tops/jumpers to hide the bulge. Does anyone else have this problem?





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I was wondering if u could help me as I had a tummy tuck 6years ago and they did not do it right I have the left side of my stomach bigger than my right side and I have a ilostomy on my right side I look like I am a freak it is so horrible I don't no what to do the left side from under my breast down to the bottom of my stomachs just hangs but my right side is smaller





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I'm so upset. Iv been waiting on the outcome of an appeal for funding for my access skin on my stomach removed.Its been regent ed by panel. I had a stomach bypass and lost 17.5st but I have a lot of skin under which I get reaching infections. I can't believe I have to go through life with smelly open infected skin . I can't afford the operation myself . Please can embarrassing bodies help me . Need help over said matter .





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Hi, I too had a gastric bypass a number of years ago and lost over half my body weight resulting in excess skin on my stomach and arms. I am prescribed an anti fungal spray as I get smelly itchy areas but my GP practice has refused to put me forward for consideration for surgery. I've maintained my weight loss within a good range for over 5 years and the excess skin also affects me mentally and emotionally, in over 5 years I've had to wear cardigans and jumpers throughout every summertime as I cannot bear for anyone to see my arms....my partner of almost 5 years has never seen them or even seen me naked or in my underwear! We can't even go on holiday together, it really is affecting every aspect of my life. Not sure what to do or where to turn.

I"m i doing the right thing,i lost 11 stone in six months since my Dr said i was going through the change but it turned out to be stage 4 cancer. After a hell of a year i'm now cancer free. Had a full hystorectomy i have been left with a horrible scar and 3 and a half stone of excess skin. I have been turned down by the NHS due to lack of funding. So i want to do the right thing by my partner of 11 years my leaving him so he can have a proper life with he can have a sexual relationship. Because my body look like a freak and i don't want anyone seeing it. So its not fare when he can be happy. I may as well be on my own





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I have halved my size in the last year and a half. I now have excess skin at the top of my arms, legs, and stomach etc. Due to my weight loss, I now have excess skin , I now have folds in my skin, which is extremely sore and painful. Can I get any help with my excess skin? I'm in more pain now due to rashes and sores in my folds of skin that I was before I started loosing my excess weight. I have gone from wearing a ladies size 28, to wearing 18 -20 and still continue on the right road.





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Hi there well done for your weight loss,i'm the same as you and have lost 11 stone in 8 months and now i'm in a size 16 to 18 close, which is good. I have applied through my Dr for help with getting the excess skin removed which is about 3 and a half stone. But sadly i have been turned down for NHS help due for there is no funding. I'm disabled and i have been told if i want it removed i will have to pay for it myself, sadly i don't have that kind of money. So sadly for me the excess skin has to stay. Good luck

I have halved my size in the last year and a half. I now have excess skin at the top of my arms, legs, and stomach etc. Due to my weight loss, I now have excess skin , I now have folds in my skin, which is extremely sore and painful. Can I get any help with my excess skin? I'm in more pain now due to rashes and sores in my folds of skin that I was before I started loosing my excess weight. I have gone from wearing a ladies size 28, to wearing 18 -20 and still continue on the right road.





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is it possible to have excess skin from loosing 2 stone? around your belly area? please help.





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I have exactly the same predicament but there seems to be nothing online about this whatsoever (losing less weight), I'm carrying probably about 1 and half stone around my front and I have been putting off losing weight in case I am left with even a slight apron of skin, I have developed quite hefty stretch marks and now wonder if I will ever be able to wear tighter clothes again.





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