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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-03-07, 02:37 PM   #1
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Stretch Marks?

As in, getting rid of them? I've dropped from 260 lbs to 195 lbs since January, looking to get to ~170 (5'8"). Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 10-03-07, 02:40 PM   #2
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Plastic surgery......sorry, they don't go away.
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Old 10-03-07, 02:47 PM   #3
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They will always be there, but over time they do fade away (as in lose their redness)
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Old 10-03-07, 05:55 PM   #4
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What about the extra skin? I was 250, down to 177.
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Old 10-03-07, 06:19 PM   #5
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There is a laser option. I don't know much about it though.
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I've had stretch running vertically on my belly for years. They're not red though. They are whitish and much lighter than my skin color. I'm sure they'll be more noticeable when I lose a bunch of weight, but I'm not going to worry about it. I'll just explain to people that I'm part tiger.
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Old 10-03-07, 11:42 PM   #7
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I've had stretch running vertically on my belly for years. They're not red though. They are whitish and much lighter than my skin color. I'm sure they'll be more noticeable when I lose a bunch of weight, but I'm not going to worry about it. I'll just explain to people that I'm part tiger.
sorry roger you are tiger now

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Old 10-04-07, 12:22 AM   #8
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damnit.

i have them all over my belly still. and ive developed them on my chest and biceps from lifting. i guess ill be looking into surgery in awhile.
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Old 10-04-07, 05:27 AM   #9
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Use vitamin E oil every day.
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There is a cream - I dunno the name - but you can ask the pharmacist - made for pregnant women but is great is reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Unfortunately the marks, once there don't go away without surgical help.
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I don't know about you, but I EARNED every damned one of these stretch marks. Surgery? On my badges of honor? Not on your life!
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Old 10-04-07, 11:41 AM   #12
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Not that it's a curative solution, but does anyone know if the airbrush/spray-on stuff they use at tanning salons would work as a cover-up to even out the appearance of stretch marks?

/ Just throwin' ideas out there...
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Here's some info, iffin you are desparate to hide your marks:

Stretch marks are a common skin condition that are easily recognized and universally disliked among women due to their negative cosmetic effect on skin appearance. Stretch marks occur following periods of rapid growth, such as during puberty, and following periods of rapid weight gain and pregnancy. Concealing treatments such as CoverBlend provide an immediate benefit by hiding the discolored and ill-textured skin.

Stretch mark treatments include the use of lasers to initiate remodeling and renewal of the lightly scarred area. Since some skin types, namely darker skin tones, do not respond well to laser, some dermatologists recommend topical stretch mark remedies. Use of retinoids (Retin-A, Renova) with alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs) are an option in treating stretch marks. It is believed that the best effect comes when stretch mark products are applied topically during the early stages of stretch marks i.e., when they are still pink. Clinical studies have shown that topical application of AHAs and retinoids increase collagen and elastic fibers in skin, and therefore may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks with continued use. Deep skin improvements take a long time so treatment may be required for a year or more to see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of stretch marks. Concealing treatment makeup may be used during topical stretch mark treatment to hide stretch marks.

Relatively few stretch mark treatment options exist, and any degree of success requires diligent product use on a daily basis for a year or more. Use of concealing treatment makeup may be a preferable option. Corrective body makeups hide the skin imperfections during the treatment period, or may be used occasionally when desired. CoverBlend Corrective Leg & Body Makeup can be applied to the body to conceal pink stretch marks. Layering of the CoverBlend Concealing Treatments can fill in mild skin depressions caused by stretch marks and achieve the illusion of smooth skin. The CoverBlend Multi-Function Concealer is suggested for spot application to camouflage a small area of stretch marks or even spider veins. CoverBlend Concealing Makeup contains a gentle polyhydroxy acid (PHA) to help smooth skin, along with camouflaging ingredients to hide imperfections. CoverBlend corrective products contain sunscreen to protect against sun-induced skin browning. The CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup is non-irritating, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and non-acnegenic (won’t cause acne).
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There is a cream - I dunno the name - but you can ask the pharmacist - made for pregnant women but is great is reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Unfortunately the marks, once there don't go away without surgical help.
Mederma I believe it is.
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Depending on how much it bothers you, you could get permanent makeup applied to the stretch mark. It's basically a tattoo that matches your skin tone. Wont do anything about the roughness but it will at least blend in. This is a pretty extreme solution though.

I got a few stretch marks from weightlifting, but they have faded to match my skin tone. It takes a couple years but the redness will go away.
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What about the extra skin? I was 250, down to 177.
I don't know this for a fact...but heard this 2nd hand as a "blurb" in conversation once. I heard something about going to All Children's (or similar type) hospital where they treat children....they may do the tummy tuck for free to use the skin for burn victim skin grafts.
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What about the extra skin? I was 250, down to 177.
Warning - minor "ick" factor here: I've also been told that where insurance wouldn't normally pay for a tummy tuck as a cosmetic procedure, if you can document a skin problem (like a recurring rash) they will cover it.
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Warning - minor "ick" factor here: I've also been told that where insurance wouldn't normally pay for a tummy tuck as a cosmetic procedure, if you can document a skin problem (like a recurring rash) they will cover it.
This is correct, in most cases, Beckie. Rashes, chronic skin infections in the fold under the pannula (Apron of skin after weight loss). It needs to be medically necessary for coverage.
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I don't know this for a fact...but heard this 2nd hand as a "blurb" in conversation once. I heard something about going to All Children's (or similar type) hospital where they treat children....they may do the tummy tuck for free to use the skin for burn victim skin grafts.
I've seen this also somewhere. I'll research it further.
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Warning - minor "ick" factor here: I've also been told that where insurance wouldn't normally pay for a tummy tuck as a cosmetic procedure, if you can document a skin problem (like a recurring rash) they will cover it.
It's not that bad at this point, it just bothers me and I find myself holding onto it when I walk. I'll have to look at the donation idea. I used to be a regular blood donor so the idea really sounds cool to me.
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Why would they give some poor kid stretch marked skin? I'll bet it's an uban myth.

I've never even heard of organ donors getting their skin used for kids....

Edit: I looked it up, and they do indeed harvest skin from organ donors:

from the Mayo (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/org...tion/FL00077):

Myth: I want my loved one to have an open-casket funeral. That can't happen if his or her organs or tissues have been donated.


Reality: Like an autopsy, organ and tissue donation doesn't interfere with having an open-casket funeral. If organs are taken, the body is stitched up as if the person were alive and had undergone surgery. The body is clothed for burial, so the stitches aren't visible. With skin donation, a very thin layer of skin similar to a sunburn peel is taken from the donor's back, and because the donor is clothed and lying on his or her back in the casket, no one can see any difference. For eye donation, an artificial eye is inserted, the lids are closed, and again, no one can tell any difference. For bone donation, a rod is inserted where bone is removed. The body is stitched up and clothed, so no one can see any difference.
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Here's the lowdown on donating skin while having it removed:

http://www.transweb.org/reference/ar..._donation.html
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Why would they give some poor kid stretch marked skin? I'll bet it's an uban myth.

I've never even heard of organ donors getting their skin used for kids....

Edit: I looked it up, and they do indeed harvest skin from organ donors:

from the Mayo (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/org...tion/FL00077):

Myth: I want my loved one to have an open-casket funeral. That can't happen if his or her organs or tissues have been donated.


Reality: Like an autopsy, organ and tissue donation doesn't interfere with having an open-casket funeral. If organs are taken, the body is stitched up as if the person were alive and had undergone surgery. The body is clothed for burial, so the stitches aren't visible. With skin donation, a very thin layer of skin similar to a sunburn peel is taken from the donor's back, and because the donor is clothed and lying on his or her back in the casket, no one can see any difference. For eye donation, an artificial eye is inserted, the lids are closed, and again, no one can tell any difference. For bone donation, a rod is inserted where bone is removed. The body is stitched up and clothed, so no one can see any difference.
I don't know about others, but I hate open casket funerals, a closed casket funeral including a photograph or photographs of the person when they were alive, especially doing something they enjoyed, is much preferable, to looking at a dead body. I actually know of people who refuse to go to funerals, because they would rather remember the life lived, then the view of an overly made up dead body. Of course when parts are donated, or an autopsy has been preformed, or the person was disfigured before they died, it's often easier when the casket is closed. Heck the people who will need to plan MY funeral know that I prefer the lid be closed.

I wonder, if a better way of handling the whole thing, wouldn't be to simply have the deceased identified by next of kin (which is often required by law), then bury/cremate them, and do the whole gathering/service at a later date, without even having a casket or the deceased present at all!
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Here's the lowdown on donating skin while having it removed:

http://www.transweb.org/reference/ar..._donation.html
makes sense. Oh well, I guess I'm just going to live with it then
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