I Lost 8 Stone over 9 Months Will my Loose Skin Slowly Tighten Naturaly? (photo)

I am 22 year old 6ft 4 Male. I went from 21 stone to 13 stone through a diet a made for myself and i have been left with alot of loose skin mainly around my abdomen and chest, it is really knocking my confidence and whenever i look in the mirror i loose alot of moral when topless. i spoke to my doctor for surgery but funding wasn't available. I think the skin on my chest and under my arms is slowly tightening an was wondering if over time e.g 2 years it may tighten by itself?

Doctor Answers 7

Tummy Tuck?

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Thank you for your question and photo!  Congratulations on your weight loss!  You would absolutely benefit from a tummy tuck procedure!  I suggest you seek a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss your goals and concerns.  Best of luck!
Dr Dhaval PatelDouble Board Certified Plastic SurgeonChicagoHoffman EstatesOak Brook

You can wait if you'd like

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Congratulations on your weight loss. Losing a lot of weight can often leave you with saggy skin that is unable to firm back up to your leaner contour. You can wait to see if the skin firms back up, as it may to a certain extent. However, it will be a slow and gradual process that requires patience.

The only way to safely and effectively remove this skin through cosmetic surgery is by a tummy tuck. You can try nonsurgical treatments, but they tend to be unpredictable and can take long to achieve results. In addition, they may not achieve the results you want. 

Age is on your side...

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Congratulations on your massive weight loss. What you have done with diet and exercise, is truly impressive  You should be very proud of yourself. Skin tightening after massive weight loss is multifactorial.  Skin tightening depends on your genetics, type of skin, age at which you lost weight, rapidity of your weight loss, and your maximum weight, among other things. The most important thing is that you lost all that weight. This will significantly improve your life and should extend your life expectancy. I would continue to diet and exercise conscientiously. Your age certainly is on your side for the ability of your skin to contract. The older you are the less recoil your skin has. This means as you age, the skin is less likely to bounce back and shrink wrap around you after massive weight loss. Hopefully you will not need any reconstructive plastic surgery after massive weight loss. However if your abdomen continues to upset you in approximately 8 to 12 months,  I would suggest either an abdominoplasty or a 360 body lift.  The abdominoplasty will remove excess skin in front of the central abdomen.  The 360 body lift will remove excess skin and fat abdomen, bilateral flanks, hips and buttocks. Good luck on your weight-loss journey and congratulations on your weight-loss achievement. Sincerely Dr. Katzen

Skin Tightening after Massive Weight Loss

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   Youth can help with this aspect, but complete tightening is unlikely.   When you have finished losing weight and have been stable at that weight for 6 months, you can consider surgery.  Kenneth Hughes, MD male tummy tuck Los Angeles, CA

Will my Loose Skin Slowly Tighten Naturaly

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Congratulations on the weight loss. TIme will tell regarding how much tightening will occur. But the weight loss is not so rapid that there hasn't bee time for skin shrinkage as the weight was lost, so I would not hold out too much encouragement. The fact that the chest and arm skin seems to have tightened is one factor in your favor. 

Thanks, best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Skin Bounce Back after Significant Weight Loss?

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Congratulations on your significant weight loss; you should be very proud of this accomplishment.

Only time will tell exactly how much your skin will “bounce back” on its own. What you do have going for you is your youth;  generally speaking, younger patients tend to have better skin elasticity characteristics compared to older patients.

 Best wishes.


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Congratulations on loosing that weight for yourself and your health. There is a high possibility your skin will not tighten up. You might need some surgery to help with that. Good luck.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

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