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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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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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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.

I have lost nearly 10 stone and a few more to go. I'm 51 years old and after 20 years of being overweight I am finally getting it under control. But when I look in the mirror I feel no different. The skin droops instead of being "up front" can't afford to go private GP ignores the issue. What can I do to help myself.





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I am 26 and I am really getting depressed about my skin, I was 12 stone 9 and have gone to 10.8... My main problem was having large babies.. I have had an umbilical hernia operated on And now the wall of my belly button has collapsed ... I hate my body ... Is there anybody that knows how I can get help with this? I have thought about cutting it off with scissors ... That's how desperate I am to be rid of it but then I think what use am I to my children when I'm bandaged up in hospital... Someone please help!!





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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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