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Old 06-18-08, 12:45 AM   #1
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What about all this skin?

After being obese (about 90 pounds over your recommended weight) and having a big belly hanging over the belt... Then you loose a lot of weight but you have some 'extra skin' hanging around. Does the skin shrinks back? The Doc needs to cut it off? What if the doc cuts it off and then you gain the weight back? Does the belly opens and spills your guts on the floor or something? (well, not so dramatic but you get the idea).

I'm asking because I met a girl once who was SERIOUSLY overweight (around 350 pounds) and got a gastric bypass, went down to 170 pounds... got the extra skin cut off... then got pregnant and had a lot of trouble.

I was 250, my weight should be 155. I'm working on it, at 193 right now. I'm worried about all the skin.

PS: Is a serious question. I really don't know.
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After being obese (about 90 pounds over your recommended weight) and having a big belly hanging over the belt... Then you loose a lot of weight but you have some 'extra skin' hanging around. Does the skin shrinks back? The Doc needs to cut it off? What if the doc cuts it off and then you gain the weight back? Does the belly opens and spills your guts on the floor or something? (well, not so dramatic but you get the idea).

I'm asking because I met a girl once who was SERIOUSLY overweight (around 350 pounds) and got a gastric bypass, went down to 170 pounds... got the extra skin cut off... then got pregnant and had a lot of trouble.

I was 250, my weight should be 155. I'm working on it, at 193 right now. I'm worried about all the skin.

PS: Is a serious question. I really don't know.
You might have better luck with this question in the Clydes section. Perhaps a mod can move it for you.
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Old 06-18-08, 03:56 AM   #3
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Well, you can have the excess skin removed, or as long as it isn't getting sores in the folds, why worry?
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After being obese (about 90 pounds over your recommended weight) and having a big belly hanging over the belt... Then you loose a lot of weight but you have some 'extra skin' hanging around. Does the skin shrinks back? The Doc needs to cut it off? What if the doc cuts it off and then you gain the weight back? Does the belly opens and spills your guts on the floor or something? (well, not so dramatic but you get the idea).

I'm asking because I met a girl once who was SERIOUSLY overweight (around 350 pounds) and got a gastric bypass, went down to 170 pounds... got the extra skin cut off... then got pregnant and had a lot of trouble.

I was 250, my weight should be 155. I'm working on it, at 193 right now. I'm worried about all the skin.

PS: Is a serious question. I really don't know.
In a nutshell, skin expands and contracts. I don't know what happened with your friend, but going through a pregnancy after a nip and tuck in the tummy shouldn't have done anything- are you saying her stomach opened and the baby fell out one night or something? Methinks it was probably more of a mental issue than a physical issue.

If you feel like the skin is uncomfortable for you, do what you think is best. Personally, I'd have it removed and focus on NOT gaining the weight back. For now, focus on getting down to your goal boyfat down, then worry once you get there as to if the skin is hanging there or not. Sometimes, as people lose the weight, they DON'T get the extra skin fold around the waist when it comes off. It depends on how elastic your skin is.

Please don't forget to do your weight training as you're working on your cardio. That should help with the skin issues as well. Good luck!

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