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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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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 am 18years old and had twin boys 15months ago and i have tried to get rid of my baby belly by going to the gym, dieting and toning classes nothing has worked. If i went to see a gp would they be able to help as its getting me down and im really uncomfortable with my body. Thanks in advance..





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My name is claire and I'm 31 at my heaviest I was 27stone 8 pound I'm now 9 stone 11 but my doctor without viewing me under my clothes has said that I need to lose another stone and half to be put forward for any kind of excess skin removal surgery. I want to know if this is true because I believe the excess skin that surrounds my arms, stomach, thighs and especially pubis would have quite a considerable weight and am already displease with the way my ribs and collar bones pertrude. What are the guidelines for GPS to put forward a patient for skin removal surgery. My excess skin is making it difficult to exercise as my skin slaps so violently, I sweat so bad and get irritated in the folds between my thighs and pubis, when I go to the toilet I wee on myself as the excess skin gets in the way. Due to excessive washing to combat the many abscesses I have had on my upper inner thighs I suffer with Bv regularly. Losing the weight has been a loss in my self asteem and confidence. Should my Gp be helping me? Desperate





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Firstly ccongratulationsfor losing your weight. They should be supporting you and realise that this is affecting your mental health and hindering your further weight loss because of the sores and embarracement you feel. Unfortunately you may have to bare all to your dr so they can see the sores. Good luck and congrats again for your loss.

I have lost weight and have a baggy belly apron, I have recently re-fallen in love with a guy who I met pre weight loss. My baggy belly, or 'the enemy' as we call it is having a major effect on our love life,HELP please? I was diagnosed with hydrocephallus at the age of 40, and had to have a VP shunt inserted in my brain, then 2 years ago I had a pacemaker implanted due to heart problems. Because of this, surgeons I have approached appear to be reluctant to perform an abdominoplasty, can anyone please tell me why? I really dont want to lose the last chance of happiness I may have. I dont really want to post any more details on here, crying now....





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Dear Nita I think this may be a genetic/dermatology problem. I have Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and one manifestation was that post- babies I was always miserably self- conscious sexually about bagginess in this area, the problem being that my skin has defective collagen, and so it just stayed loose rather than springing back like most peoples'. You would need to look online for a specialist, not hard, because otherwise you tend to hear 'it's quite natural' etc, even from GPs and gynaecologists. I think surgery to fix it would be quite simple, but you need someone who knows what the problem is. Make sure your family is complete though!

Hi Ginny.. I have sought advice from 3-4 different specialists,initially one in Spain. All seened quite able to help until I mentioned my pacemaker. Apparently it would be dangerous because of this, the first specialist being in Spain, was worried about the VP shunt that I have due to my hydrocephallous,saying that they would have to stop any surgery as soon as the shunt tube was visible to them,its been there for over 15 years! Will it suddenly pop into view when they open me up? My family is quite complete now thanks, I am now happy to be a Nanna, would just like the chance to look good and not be embarressed about it.

Hi I'm 20 years old and had my first and only baby 2 years ago.. These 2 years have been hell for me looking at my body.. Well mainly my vigina.. I have a lot of excess skin down there.. If I pull it out it measures around 2inches on each side.. What is the name for this and would my doctor be able to put me in to have it surgically removed? Has anyone els had this? If so how did you deal with it? Thanks Leah





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Do you mean your labia? Labial reduction surgery is available, it is known as labiaplasty. Bear in mind that if you have the surgery done, it will reduce sensitivity in that area. Best regards,

Hello, I'm a 55 year old woman, and am on the Cambridge Diet - milkshakes, with a calorie total of about 500 daily - I've lost 4st since July, and have another 3st to go. I have very saggy skin now - bingo wings, flat, saggy breasts, abdomen which resembles a kangaroo pouch, and some loose skin on my thighs. I don't like the look of t, but I look good in my (smaller sized) clothes now. I have dropped 3 dress sizes, and when I get to my desired weight (should be about March) I plan to get a loan and have cosmetic surgery, to sort out my breasts and abdomen (not sure I want to bother with arms and legs), hopefully in time for my holiday in June next year. I must say that I FEEL fitter, healthier, and am able to walk and do things without being out of breath (I used to be breathless just going up the stairs at home). I am proud of myself for having the sheer willpower and determination to stick to this severe diet, without resorting to gastric bypass/gastric band surgery. I would rather be saggy than obese like I was (I'm still overweight but look better than I did)





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Hi I'm 24 years old I be been reading through all ur stories and I've just. Cried and cried I can stop crying as I do to have the Same problem I have t lost any weight but I had a child and a gained 8 stone and after when bk to my normal size as it was water retention now I'm left with a saggy belly that just wobbles causes soreness also my belly button you can't even see it I have suffers for the past 5 years I don't have relationships never go outside due to how bad I feel about myself I'm. It's not me who is suffering also it's my son he deserves the best in life and because of how I feel and look also the pain when running it's awful if I have been thinking about going private and getting into debts but that would help out future I'm wanting to go to uni and study paramedic but am unable to , but I've been a severely depressed the doctors know how bad but there not willing to help as they say it's a cosmetic problem





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