I am 18 years old, and about a year ago I lost 75 pounds in 9 months. I have a bit of loose skin around my ab area but it doesn't seem to be too severe. I work out a lot and my abs seem to have improved. Do I need plastic surgery to tighten the skin or can I do it naturally with exercise and skin creams?
Can I Tighten my Loose Abdominal Skin Without Surgery? (photo)
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Loose abdominal skin after weight loss.
Thank you for your question Iris. First of all, congratulations on losing 75 pounds. Exercise will certainly improve the abdominal muscles but unfortunately will not tighten your skin. Skin creams will also not tighten the skin (despite what all those T.V. ads claim). It does appear from your photograph that your skin looks good in the upper abdomen but there does appear to be a slight excess in the lower abdomen. If this is the case then you may be a candidate for a minor or lower tummy tuck. Only an examination by a board certified plastic surgeon will settle this issue.
Surgery is the best option to tighten excess skin
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Congratulations on your weight loss.It takes a great deal of dedication and you did it!
For any loose or excess skin remaining after weight loss, skin for the most part cannot be restored to its natural position. A tummy tuck would indeed resolve this issue.
With that said, when meeting with a board certified surgeon they will explain the different variations in abdominoplasty surgery which include the following:
*Full abdominoplasty – for above and below the navel abdominal improvements*
Mini-abdominoplasty – for below the navel abdominal improvements
*Liposuction – used with a full or mini-abdominoplasty or alone for patients with minimal redundant skin and fat deposits
I hope this helps.
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Sometimes, a little time after major weight loss can make the skin improve. Congratulations on your weight loss.
- Subcutaneous fat
- Anterior abdominal wall laxity
- Intra-abdominal fat or visceral fat
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