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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 all I was 18st 12lbs and now im 10st 10lbs I have lost over 8 stone im sort of happier im just fed up of the left over skin I work really hard over the years to loose it because I was a 46 waist and I can get into a 30 waist easily now and I dont know what to do





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Hi I lost 8 stone through dieting on my own but having two babies I have been left with a sagging stomach. To cut a long story short I went to the doctors and they sent me to the hospital to see the surgeon to have a tummy tuck the surgeon sent me a letter saying that I fitted the full crytira and that I should ask my doctors to send me for funding well this was the hard part the commissiong bodies sent me a letter to say that I didn't fit the crytira and that the psycological assesment was not enough to support my case. I have bipolar which makes me depressed and the sagging skin makes my depression even worse. The thing that gets me is that my Nurse said they didn't even ask for a psycological report and that they would have got one if they would have asked. I'm going to Apeal there distion and hopefully they might change there minds but it looks like to me they don't want to spend there money on me having a tummy tuck which really upsets me Because if I would have stayed at 18 stone I'm sure I would be using up more of there money if I would have stayed that size.





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I've had 2 sections in past 4 years lately the lose skin under my stomach along my scar line has been rubbimg and is very sore





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Hi i have been dieting for the past 2 years and lost a total of 8 stone n from a size 22/24 to a 12/14 bt the skin thats left behind is absolutly disgusting. I actually feel worse now than a did when a was really fat.. been going to ma doctors to see about a tummy tuck bt theyre saying it isnt affecting me when it is. Its affects my daily life and am sick of being depressed about it. I cant go swimming with my son or have relationships because i can look at it so how can anyone else :'( please can u give me some advice in what i can do.. much appreciated xxxx





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2 and a half years ago I had my little boy. ever since having had child I have lost weight but the mess it has left behind personally is disgusting. ive done everything in the book dieting, gym, dieting tablets, starving regular exercise, flabelos machines, and also been to the doctors. nothing has helped and my gp has refused to help and has led to depression. the bottom part of my stomach has really sagged and has a huge crease down the middle. I understand I cant get rid of it completely but it looks like I have a bottom as my stomach please help.





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I'm 14 years old and I have excess skin on my vagina will it ever go away a am I infected? Please answer.





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Hi my name is Jennifer and i really need some help with excess skin.I have had the gastric bypass about 5 years ago i was 316lbs.I have lost about 100lbs.I went through so much to feel better and look better but now i have a lot of skin what i weigh now is not haw much i really weigh i am 39 almost 40 i know this is going to sound funny but i think of myself as a melting ice cream cone my breast are very saggy.I wont go out dancing im very depressed about myself.I have back pain knee pain stomach pain due to skin weight i could really use some help.





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I had beautiful skin lost weights from size 18 to size 6 at the age of 16 years old now I'm 30 than I saw cellulite in my skin gone depressed decided to go do cavitation and guess what ? Now I have a lot of saggy skin so depressed I went thru a lot in my relationship with my x and made me feel depressed and things got worth than I thought I do cavitation to look good but ended up looking horrible I hate my body now





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me and my other half have between us so far lost 17st, I am at target and she has 3 st to go, as proud as we are of our weight losses we look at our bodies and it can depress us, my stomach hangs due to a surgery and being overweight and my other half has excessive skin all over, we exercise regularly and try to help ourselves to tone up but we still are faced with this prospect of hanging skin is there anything else we can do to help ourselves ?





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Ive had 3 children in a year (1 baby and twins) ive had c sections for both pregnancies and since I have lost alot of weight also . I went to my gp and were given exercises I have been doing these for ovwr a year and nothing has changed. It still goes numb and gives me very bad back pain which affects me playing etc with my kids . Is there anything you can advise me to do x im only 21 and is quite embarrassing x thanks





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