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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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At age 57, 4 years postmenopause, suddenly I turned into a matronly blob! My weight didn't change. It redistributed. I measured 38"-28"-38" before this happened to me. Now my waist is 35 1/2" at the same exact weight! But that is not the worst part. All the excess fat on my belly/waist/midriff is there from my butt-- which was completely deleted! Where my formerly full shapely butt used to be is now a flat collapsed mass of deep drooping wrinkled folds that sags down and hangs off the backs of my thighs. I am not exaggerating, trust me. I have become a hideous freak of nature.





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This material shows how vulnerable we are from time, as we age our skin goes with it too and that's envitable. But thanks to new innovations and chart topping technology we have available today we are not far from finding or maybe inventing the fountain of youth. But until then, I take safe and natural supplements along with my workout routine and daily lifestyle.





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Hi, I am 26 and two years ago I changed my lifestyle diet to finally loose the weight I had gained over a number of years, I was successful and lost 35kgs which was great however I now have a lot of excess skin on my stomach and I think the only way to remove would be surgery, I would love to know whom I can contact and the kind of prices I would be looking at as it has left me with no self confidence whatsoever. Thanks for the help in advanced.





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Hi my mum is now cumming up to 50 however still feels a teenager at heart. But 19 years ago she had twins and have been left with a numb saggy stomach. She has been on depression tablets since then and is serverly conscious. She has been sterilised and had an histrectomy at 33. She now suffers from high cholesterol due to trying to make herself fat to fill the loose skin which obviously hasn't worked. She weight 12stone 2. Is there anyway she can get help through the doctor for this





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Hi I am a 46 year old Mother of 4 Wonderful Children From Essex ...I was a size 30 2 years ago and Had terrible type 2 diabetes...I had a gastric sleeve operation in December 2012 but had to be rushed back to surgery after I bled out....It was really frightening and I had so many blood transfusions during and after second op....In the last 2 years I have lost just under 17 stone and am a size 10 on bottom and 14 up top due to a large flared rib cage....I look Amazing with clothes on but take them off and the skin looks utterly disgusting and it feels like I'm rattling around in it....It just looks like a bad body suit that's going to fall off....My breasts are just huge flaps of skin too....I am having trouble sleeping as the weight of the skin is pushing on a sliding hiatus hernia I have had for many years and the pain of this is unbearable sometimes....I would love to have this skin removed even my face looks like it's going to fall off....But I cannot afford it privately as I'm going blind with an eye disease also....Do you think 8 could have the skin removed on the NHS? I get so depressed about it and suffer insomnia because of pain and also terrible back pain possibly due to carrying it around.....The gastric surgery was a God send and my diabetes was gone straight away...I'm very active and walk for miles Everyday and also do yoga but it's not helped with skin...I had no life and was in an Abusive marriage for years I am now divorced for 6 years and have a lil confidence back I have even met my Soulmate but I have still no body confidence due to the fact my body looks disgusting....He doesn't want me to have another operation but I desperately need rid of this Awful skin and 90 year old looking body...Please Help xxx





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Hi I'm 34 and 5 years ago I had a gastric bypass and hot told I could have the excess skin removed when I have lost 11 stone and now I have lost 16 stone they have told me that I can't have my excess skin removed on the nhs and was Worting if anyone can help at all because my relationship is being effected with it now thank u for reading





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I have afew questions for you. 1. on average how much does excess skin removal cost? 2.is it a common procedure? and Finally 3. how common does this procedure happen on the NHS. Cheers for your help!!





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Hi I'm 36 I have 5 children,if lost 5 stone since having my daughter 3 years ago,I've tried everything to get rid of my belly it hangs all round I'm getting desperate to the point like if I start to get rid of it myself would I get help with the rest ,I'm desperate my partner says he don't care but if I'm not happy he surely CNT be,I CNT undressmin front of him ,CNT take my kids swimming,hacnt been to gp as I'm too embarrased,pls help,





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I'm 32 had 2 children who are now 9 & 11, I have what they call the "apron" belly hang from having my children and losing 3 stone in the last 15 months had made it worse.. It's always been there from having my children, I go to the gym regularly & eat healthy .. I'm still 15 n half stone & trying to lose more but the more I keep losing the worse my back pain has become.. My doctor had refused to help despite numourous appointments, I can tell it's muscle pain in my back as the apron hang goes round my hips & I can feel the muscles pulling, I'm now finding it hard to stand for to long even to do simple housework tasks & getting comfortable in bed is a nightmare!, intimacy with my husband is a no no because of it , along side a itchy red sore I get under the apron which becomes so irritated at times I have to scratch it till it bleeds to get the itch satisfied despite extra hygiene efforts to keep it clean, on top of having depression Iam at witts end .. It's ruining the sexual side of my marriage & I've even resorted to checking YouTube & sites alike on how to do the procedure myself!!.. Why won't my doctor help me???





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Hi I am 23 years old and in 2 years I have lost 9 stone. I went from 19 st 7lb to 10st 7lb. I have saggy skin all on my belly, pubic area and thighs. I have been referred for a tummy tuck and thigh lift from my gp and have recently heard back that they have declined me due to not only doing it for cosmetic reasons. My doctor is going to appeal straight away but I don't think it's very promising. Is there any other options I can go for? I feel like iv spent the last 2 years of my life struggling and trying my absolute hardest to change my life and myself, to still feel exactly how I felt in 2012, A big fat ugly mess! People think loosing the weight will make them feel so much better but it's not always the case, can make you feel just the same!





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I know how u feel. I have lost the same amount of weight as urself. I was turned down also as I got the same answer. I'm getting sores around my naval which are itchy and hurt. I have lost a further 7lbs since I was turned down . Don't know if it's worth trying to appeal now or wait a bit longer





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