How to tighten loose skin after weight loss

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Published: April 30, 2020

You thought that losing a lot of weight will do wonders for your self-esteem and fix every insecurity you ever had. While such a huge weight loss must have affected you positively, you are now left with another problem – loose skin. What happens when your weight loss exercise routine sheds pounds but increases loose skin? That’s when you resort to many other methods that are available. We won’t lie to you – it won’t be the easiest thing to tighten loose skin after weight loss. And you might never get your skin to be as tight as it was before you gained weight. But you can certainly make incredible improvements that will change the way you feel about the person in the mirror.

Do you mind resorting to medical procedures to tighten loose skin after weight loss?

Medical procedures are both the most effective and the most radical measures you can resort to. The surgical removal of loose skin will certainly give you the desired results but it will cost a lot of money, as well as put you through months of recovery time. These surgeries are referred to as body-contouring, as well as tuck and lift surgeries. 

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Surgeries are the most effective way to tighten any loose skin.

But not everyone is in favor of this method and for obvious reasons. Don’t worry – there are a bunch of other non-invasive ways to help you get rid of loose skin for good. 

How do you feel about cosmetic procedures?

Medical procedures and cosmetic procedures are two very different things. Cosmetic procedures are non-invasive treatments that don’t require you to go under general anesthesia. In recent years, these procedures have become a staple in the lives of many people. All of that is precisely due to the fact that they come with amazing and instant results. If you are looking for cosmetic procedures that could help you get rid of loose skin after weight loss, here are a couple of treatments to look into:

  • Chemical peels
  • Ablative laser resurfacing
  • Ultrasound skin tightening
  • Radiofrequency treatments
  • Neuromodulators

Should you decide to go for cosmetic procedures, you still need to take them seriously. So after your procedure, consult with the best personal trainers in Dubai if you feel like going back to your weight loss journey right away. Some of these treatments might require you to take some rest afterward.

Regular exercise could help with tightening loose skin after weight loss

Unless your weight loss stems from a very recent pregnancy, in which case exercising might not be safe yet, the first thing you should do is start building more muscle mass. If you replace the lost fat with muscle mass, you have a chance of lessening the appearance of loose skin. So whether you have loose skin on your arms, stomach, or thighs, the solution could be simpler than you thing. Just focus on arm workouts for women and men if you have flabby skin on your arms, and target the other problematic areas with appropriate exercises. But don’t expect to see overnight results! This will take as much work as your weight loss did – maybe even more.

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Regular exercise will solve many health-related problems.

Firming creams should improve the appearance of your skin

Make no mistake – firming creams aren’t a miraculous solution. They can’t help you get rid of all of your loose skin, but they can certainly help make subtle improvements. Sometimes, the results seen from firming creams can be immediate. However, they might not be long-lasting. A lot depends on the ingredients of the cream you bought. Some components to look for in firming creams include:

Supplements might aid in tightening loose skin after weight loss

Taking supplements won’t be like taking a magic pill that tightens your skin. That’s just not the way it works. But there are many substances out there that will provide your body with enough collagen – a component that is needed for healthy and youthful skin. Supplements like vitamin C, protein, gelatin, and collagen hydrolysate will all provide a good breeding ground for collagen production.

Sure enough, supplements alone won’t be enough to help you tighten loose skin after weight loss. But combine that with arms and abs workout, some firming creams, and possibly some cosmetic procedures, and the results won’t be far behind!

You might need to lose a few extra pounds

If you are trying to get rid of loose skin that is a consequence of weight loss, losing even more weight might seem like adding fuel to the fire. The truth is that any fat under the skin can make it appear looser. The exact term for this is subcutaneous fat. How can you tell whether you have subcutaneous fat? Just pinch the problematic area, whether it’s your arms or thighs we are talking about. Are there more than a few millimeters of skin? Then there’s probably subcutaneous fat there. There is a good chance that losing that fat could firm the skin.

Massaging loose skin can have great results

What a massage does is increase blood flow to the massaged area. And an increased blood flow will help evoke an anti-aging response. Many research studies have shown that the effects of skin massage in pair with an anti-aging skin cream amplified the positive results. A massage alone will probably not be sufficient to help you firm your skin unless you have very little loose skin. Still, with all the benefits massage has, it makes no sense to at least not try this step.

A woman getting a massage, trying to tighten loose skin after weight loss.
One massage won’t be enough to tighten your skin – but a couple of them might do the trick.

The truth is that it can be a very long process before you can finally tighten loose skin after weight loss. And some people might never be able to achieve the results they want without resorting to medical procedures. What’s important is to never let that bit of skin stop you from celebrating the fact that you managed to lose all that weight.

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