How to Prevent or Tighten Loose Skin from Weight Loss

How to Prevent or Tighten Loose Skin from Weight Loss


Hi, it’s Petrina Hamm, your go to girl for
learning how to make fit work in a crazy busy world and today I’m doing something a little
bit different and I’m gonna give you some straight talk on the touchy subject of loose
skin. Buckle up folks! As someone who has lost 100 pounds and has
gone certified as a personal trainer, I get questions in both respects from people wanting
to know if I’ve had loose skin and how I dealt with it. As a personal trainer, people ask
me if there is exercises they can do or a certain diet that’s better than others as
far as handling loose skin so I figured it was time to make a video addressing these
issues, but before I do, I did want to speak to those of you out there who may be haven’t
yet begun your weight loss journey and maybe the issue of loose skin is kind of scaring
you off from even taking the first step. I kind of want to put on my stern mommy hat
and tell you just don’t, don’t. Making the issue of your weight about appearance alone,
which I think is what you’re doing if you’re letting your fear of loose skin hold you back
from making certain positive changes in your lifestyle when it comes to hwat you’re eating
and how active you are is really, it’s not good. Don’t let your fear of having loose
saggy skin keep you from actually starting to make a change in your life. So there. There’s
me with my nagging hats. Okay so getting to the topic on hand about
skin, it basically all comes down to the elastin and collagen. You can help boost the elastin
and collagen by properly hydrating yourself, drinking enough water each day. By caring
for your skin with lotion. Make sure you are moisturizing your skin. There’s certain evidence
out there that might suggest dry brushing can help prevent loose skin during weight
loss. I’m not gonna advocate for or against. I think if you are spending like $5 on a dry
brush, that’s a good idea. It’s just a little bit of money. What I don’t think is a good
idea is spending a load of money on potentially snake oils or you know different purported
cures. Your genetics play a part in the elastin and collagens. Some folks are really blessed
with really great genetics where they can bounce back after pregnancy or after extreme
weight loss. Loss skin can come into play any time you’re
losing a significant amount of weight and/or you’re doing it in a rapid pace, like more
than 1-2 pounds per week. You’re not giving your body and your skin enough time to really
slowly bounce back. Of course people carry fat differently on their bodies. Some people
are gonna have it more on their tummy, some will have it more on their legs. Even when
I was 240 pounds, I still had what was my first boyfriend called it chicken legs. I
didn’t have to really worry about that. I still, I mean, hello. Ugh! I get really perturbed
when I hear someone, whether or not they’re a certified professional, someone who has
never had a weight problem in their life trying to tell another person who does that all they
need to do is eat cleaner. They need to work out more. They need to work out harder and
then if they ate cleaner and worked out harder, that loose skin wouldn’t be an issue and that
is complete and total buck as someone who has known people who have lost an extreme
amount of weight, as someone who has lost 100 pounds, that is not true. There are times where you cannot eat clean
enough or exercise hard enough in order to get rid of loose skin. It is what it is. Some
people will get loos skin, some people won’t. There are a number of ways to deal with it.
Some are less expensive than others. You’ll find a number of different methods touted
out there for dealing with the unsightly issue of loose skin. The lease expensive of course
being just dealing with it, which I admire and applaud those who do so. I have friends
who have lost you know way more weight than I ever have and they will proudly wear two
piece bathing suits even though there is loose skin and I think that is awesome. If you’re
someone out there who does not want to have to deal with loose skin, there are different
ways you can handle it, ranging from the really less expensive options of exfoliating and
seeing if that works. Doing what is called decompression massages. Some people have claimed
luck with those professional herbal wraps. The most expensive route is usually the more
effective and that can be non-invasive contouring techniques, which have become more popular
and more effective and then there’s also plastic surgery. You know you can get a tummy tuck
and other sort of skin tightening procedures. In some cases you’ll find that your insurance
company would even potentially cover it. What you would do is contact your insurance company,
ask them if they cover cosmetic surgery after significant weight loss and some do and some
have conditions where I think you’ll have to have like skin infections, which isn’t
entirely uncommon when you’re someone who is dealing with a huge lap of excess skin
after weight loss. I know it’s kind of gross to think about, but it happens. So be sure
to check in with your insurance company to see if skin tightening surgery is covered
and if so, what sorts of documentation you would need or what conditions would need to
be met in order for you to be a candidate for reimbursement. If you are someone who is beginning your journey
and wants to brace for the potential of having loose skin to deal with after you successfully
hit your goal weight. Why I say after your goal weight is some people wrongly assume
that tummy tucks are a weight loss surgery. I would recommend you hit your goal weight
before even consulting with a surgeon because most of the time they’re gonna tell you that
you should be within 10 pounds of ideally where you want to be. Tummy tuck is not a
weight loss surgery. I would say start saving up from day one for
potential plastic surgery and if you want to, you could even meet with local surgeons
and get quotes, although you never know where the loose skin is gonna wind up, but if you
have a pretty good idea, let’s say that you’re someone who carries a lot of your weight in
your abdomen, that if you had loose skin it would be in your abdomen. You could check
on rates for tummy tucks in your area and get referrals of you know reputable surgeons
who know what they’re doing. I know people who actually traveled overseas in order to
get the most reasonably priced cosmetic surgery. Me personally, I think given the risks of
any surgery, I would prefer to pay a bit more to have it done in the United States and close
to my home just in case there is some sort of complication during surgery, but that’s
just me. Maybe you’re different. You can research surgeons online and see the
before and afters after that procedure is done on realself.com. If you are someone who
has lost a significant amount of weight and has discovered your own effective way of dealing
with loose skin or if you want to proudly proclaim that you’re totally comfortable with
your loose skin, you’re proud of the change you’ve made, feel free to comment below to
share your knowledge and share your confidence and share your wisdom. I would appreciate
it. That’s it. That’s my straight talk on loose
skin. I will wish you the absolute best of luck in your journey and I will hope that
you have amazing genetics where it doesn’t have to be an issue for you, but if it does,
I hope you found these tips helpful. As always if you have any more questions,
you can shoot me an email at [email protected] Again check out my crazy, sexy cool website
if you’re so inclined at PetrinaHammFitness.com. If you’re game, you can sign up for absolutely
free fitness coaching with me at MakeFitWork.com. That’s it. Take care and have a great day.

15 Comments

  • Lisa Woodrum says:

    Well…I am still losing those last pounds this summer, and I have to wait and see what it all looks like in the end.  I would like to be able to afford surgery to take care of things that are out of my control after I have done all I can, but it is very expensive and not an option for me at this time.  It still beats being overweight any day, though.

  • Bill S says:

    You're hot!

  • Megan Merriman says:

    Once a fat cell is created it never goes away. It'll shrink but never leave.

  • Dannus MK says:

    annoying background music

  • Al Santi says:

    pure nonsense

  • margirl58 says:

    Thank you for the tips Petrina, this is a very realistic video on the subject of sagging skin after a big weight loss, I've lost 50 lbs over the last year after being overweight for a long time, I have 35 more to lose and the loose skin issue is becoming a potential concern for me as well. I hope to prevent a lot of it with nutrition, healthy fluids and exercise, but time will tell. By the way you look great, have a fantastic day =))

  • Elizabeth says:

    Oh how I wish my problem was loose skin! I look forward to it! I've lost 45lbs by the accumulation of a bunch of small changes. I still have 50 more to go. What helped jump start my journey was using suggestive hypnosis tracks while I was sleeping to find the motivation to exercise. Once I had an exercise routine everything else fell into place.

  • Haddie Rumpel says:

    Thank you for being realistic about saggy skin. I had my son when i was 22 ( so it wasn't an age thing) hydrated inside and out, ate clean, gained the exact amount i was supposed to, i did everything to prevent saggy skin that i could. BUT i couldnt fight the stretch marks..or the saging belly. It literally looks like a deflated balloon 14 ! years later. Things that have helped…dry brushing, going vegan (probably due to the amount of berries im eating) and exfoliation. But the number one thing that has helped ..Just accepting it, it is what it is. Im a redhead, my skin is beautiful, but delicate.

  • Dannus MK says:

    Music conflicts with content. Sorry.

  • Nouha Abayed says:

    Hey guys, The best fat loss that I have ever had was with carys magic diet (just google it) Without a doubt the most helpful diet that I have ever tried.

  • Suffering In Silence says:

    is it a certain age group im 17 and im planning on going from 360 to 170

  • and peggy says:

    i just need to loose 70 punds

  • T. Girl says:

    Your “background” music is competing with you. It should either be turned off or way down, while you’re speaking. And you never did give any solutions to preventing or tightening loose skin.

  • Poet Victoria Hunter says:

    Lady you spoke truth. Genetics some times go against all your hard work

  • aren knighton fitt says:

    I am only halfway through my weight loss journey and already have loose flabby skin I find it really hard to deal with and it makes me feel really uncomfortable however I do not regret losing and I still feel better about my body and overall health than before.

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