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Did time have any effect on your loose skin after losing a lot of bodyfat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 19, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I'm still in the process of losing fat (by eating lots of fat). After seeing 35 pounds gone by now, my former double chin has nearly vanished. Or was it rather a multiple chin? Fine! But it has left the now loose skin rather wrinkled.

Is there any hope, that time will improve those wrinkles?

I'm 47 now... And I don't care much about my bingo wings - that's just what clothes are for.

(Yes, I've seen some related question here, but they didn't get the answers/testimonials I'm looking for now.)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 04, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Yeah, me either! His point was that skin will tightrn up as bodyfat percentage goes down. Probably has to get quite low to work, assuming he is correct, which I really have no idea.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 21, 2010
at 11:08 AM

Dave, in your link the author writes about reducing calories to about 1200 - 1300 kcal - not for me!

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 20, 2010
at 08:34 AM

Surgery is no option for me... I've had enough of them - because of illnesses related to SAD eating...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 20, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I have just learned to dress myself better to hide the worst of the skin issues!

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

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on December 19, 2010
at 08:59 PM

Kikilula- I can't guarantee that this will work for everyone, but I have a bellydance for beginners (Neena and Veena) that has you doing chin/neck/head movements that usually tightens up my double chin in two or 3 days (but I forget to do it, usually). Basically, you push your face forward, then back multiple times. Then slide your head from side to side "along an imaginary plane" multiple times. This video shows the side to side version, but I think the front and back works better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ijnF9z_0aI

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 19, 2010
at 08:35 PM

I've gained muscles too - especially on my arms - never had those before...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 19, 2010
at 08:27 PM

I lost my weight very slowly and dropped my bodyfat significantly. I gained a lot of muscle and strength too. I've done pretty well, but there is one spot on my stomach that just isn't going to go away.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 19, 2010
at 07:12 PM

Is there a special workout for chins?

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 19, 2010
at 07:12 PM

It took me about 9 months to lose those 35 pounds and the skin on my belly is quite good. Only under my chin ...

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 19, 2010
at 02:26 PM

I'm sorry to say that even taking it slowly losing 111lbs has left me with permanent loose skin, that only surgery will correct. Really, the only bad place is my stomach and I think that is from being obese - losing weight - getting pregnant - getting obese again and losing weight. Sadly, though, I will never wear a bikini.

Some of it will tighten up, but some of it won't. The fact that your not say, in your teens or 20s will make it harder, as your skin is losing elasticity now anyway.

The health gains are worth the loose skin and wrinkles, though.

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on December 19, 2010
at 01:58 PM

Time and increased lean muscle mass will take care of most of this issue. The biggest thing is to be patient. Not sure how overweight you were, but in some cases I would imagine that there will be some permanent loose skin.

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8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on December 19, 2010
at 10:57 PM

Don't be afraid of loose skin...if it does become a big problem (rare, most people lose weight without much loose skin issues, and it solves itself over time, especially if you build muscle as well) there is always the option of surgery if you are comfortable with that. Which may not be "natural" but being that obese wasn't natural either. I'd say the cost of surgery would be worth the happiness and confidence you would get from it as long as you were confident in the surgeon. But chances are it won't be a problem because you can see many pictures of people who were fat and became very lean and muscled without the slightest hint of loose skin.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 20, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I have just learned to dress myself better to hide the worst of the skin issues!

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 20, 2010
at 08:34 AM

Surgery is no option for me... I've had enough of them - because of illnesses related to SAD eating...

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 19, 2010
at 08:03 PM

I ran across this website not too long ago. I'm not really sure what to make of it. Even if he is correct, you would have to get your bodyfat percent pretty low to have a strong effect.

http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

I hope he is correct, because I'm halfway to goal and my tummy is a little scary. Oh well...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 19, 2010
at 08:27 PM

I lost my weight very slowly and dropped my bodyfat significantly. I gained a lot of muscle and strength too. I've done pretty well, but there is one spot on my stomach that just isn't going to go away.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 21, 2010
at 11:08 AM

Dave, in your link the author writes about reducing calories to about 1200 - 1300 kcal - not for me!

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 19, 2010
at 08:35 PM

I've gained muscles too - especially on my arms - never had those before...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 04, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Yeah, me either! His point was that skin will tightrn up as bodyfat percentage goes down. Probably has to get quite low to work, assuming he is correct, which I really have no idea.

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 19, 2010
at 05:25 PM

I lost about 80 pounds but I lost it slowly so no problems with the face in this regard. Abdominal fat loss was an issue with loose skin. I'm 38 and have thick skin. The thick skin helps. Younger bodies respond better also. I believe you'll see the majority of recovery due to skin elasticity after 3 months.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 19, 2010
at 07:12 PM

It took me about 9 months to lose those 35 pounds and the skin on my belly is quite good. Only under my chin ...

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Bc2110309df459e4fd6c8dab58e364ab

(1096)

on December 19, 2010
at 02:02 PM

I had the same problem (caused by pregnancy). Core strengthening exercises, like sit-ups, lunges and crunches helped a lot. And yes, time helps too. ;)

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 19, 2010
at 07:12 PM

Is there a special workout for chins?

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on December 19, 2010
at 08:59 PM

Kikilula- I can't guarantee that this will work for everyone, but I have a bellydance for beginners (Neena and Veena) that has you doing chin/neck/head movements that usually tightens up my double chin in two or 3 days (but I forget to do it, usually). Basically, you push your face forward, then back multiple times. Then slide your head from side to side "along an imaginary plane" multiple times. This video shows the side to side version, but I think the front and back works better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ijnF9z_0aI

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