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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 I had a gastric bypass in 2012 iv lost 11 stone the only problem is my leg are full of lose skin it sages and wobbles when I walk I kEep fit walk every were go swimming but I just can't seem to tone my legs pleas help I all so have a 8 month daughter so I'm all ways on the go





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Hi, I'm a 31 year old man, in the past 20 months I have changed my life for the better and I have so far lost 161lb... In January 2013 I weighed a massive 25.5 stone,,, today I weigh 14 stone, I'm fitter and slimmer than I've ever been and absolutly love going to the gym, in fact if I don't workout I get bored :) Thing is I have excess skin around my midriff, thighs and buttocks and although I'm extremely happy with my weight loss it's quite annoying that I now have to put up with the excess skin,,, I have tightened some if it up through eating the right food and constant exercise but I'm scared that the rest won't go and I'll be stuck with the skin forever,,, I can't afford the tummy tuck privately and doubt the NHS will pay so I'm asking for any advise or solution you could possibly offer.





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Do you recommend clinics in london for a tummy tuck.





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Hi. Has anyone lost around 4-5 stones and been left with saggy skin? I'm 30 years old and weigh 15 stones. I'm just a little concerned that if I lost the weight I'd be left with a lot of loose skin.





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I need to get rid of excess skin in almost all party of my body, but I don't know any doctor that's do this kind of surgery. I live in Brighton and need a good doctor close to where I live or london would be fine. Can you please someone give me a name of good doctor or just give me a name of no, no doctor if someone had bad experience with a doctor please tell me for not to use him. Thank you really appreciate if someone can help. Xx





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I am trying to lose weight and I just can't for some reason in always on the move and exercise just can't move it been to the doc's and all he tells me is to go on a diet but I have and just won't go doze this mean I will stay the site I an for good I am like 6st 2 in and was bigger around 22st and now down to 18anf half is there anything I can do to lose the rest I hate the way I look and can't stand it at all have a few times thought about just cutting it off but never told my gp about that





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I have excess skin on my vagina. I don't think this is normal and I am starting to get very uncomfortable with my body. Is there anyway I could get it back to normal without surgery or will it just go back itself? Thank you





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im 29, I weigh around 13st , and im 5ft 9inch tall. so not overweight now have lost around 3st altogether. I have 2 children. I had preclamcia with my first child which my body fill up with fluid all over and caused the lower part of my belly 2 sagg. Then with my 2nd child I had my appendix out at 38 wks pregnant they left my baby in but by having surgery at that stage it caused my belly 2 stretch (swell up)to its limits. stretch marks from below my ribcage to my vaginal area. through this I know the only way 2 get a flatter belly is 2 have surgery but its just so expensive. I tried going through my doc but due to finance today, I had no chance and got made to feel guilty for asking. people with illnesses are more a priority, which I completely agree. but I do feel envious of some one I know who had it done through the NHS and think why is she so different to me. I just don't want to feel how I do now about my belly for the rest of my life.





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hi I dont know if you can help me cz no one will im 25 n have 2 children all my life I have had a weight problem until I have my daughter then relised I needed to do something about my weight n I did ive kepted the weight off for over 3 years now bt started to get excess skin badly on my tummy my breasts r like skin n my arms I went to see my gp n he gave me depression tablets n referred me to a counsellor which they both relieved how badly it was psychologicsl affecting my life they ect cant stop dieting as I feel the more I loose the excess skin will go bt I kno tat wnt happen bt I cnt stop it they referred me for the funding with a letter from my gp also my counseller going into detail explain why I needed the surgery but they said I need to prove why if there was 100 people in room why I should have it wat more prove can I give wen both gp and counseller letter explaining please cn anyone help me its unfair tat they tell you to loose weight but wen ur left wit a body tats so damaged they dnt care n its bin proven to b affecting my life so bad they say no to me bt gives it to someone tat wnts it to look sexy n they havent been to counselling and psychological affecting their lifes they help obese people they help smoker drug takers please can anyone help me make this nightmare go away





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I have excess skin on Vagina, is it possible to have it removed on NHS and how old do you have to be to have this surgery





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