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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 10-06-08, 06:55 PM   #1
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Embarrassing Question - Weight Loss Related Loose Skin

OK, who else has this going on: I've lost about 50 lbs since January, and my previously stretched-to-accommodate skin has begun to hang in a few places (most notably in my, um, nether regions). I've developed a saddle sore recently, and it's getting pretty annoying. There's just so much movement of tissue that didn't use to happen. My saddle supports me on my sit bones just fine, but there's not much I can do about the skin that hangs there. Anybody think this might qualify me for a "medically necessary" skin reduction? Any ideas/suggestions are welcome.
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Old 10-06-08, 07:45 PM   #2
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First, congrats on the weight loss! That is a great accomplishment! I would talk to your PCP (primary care physician) about the possibility of referring you to a plastic surgeon so that he can determine if you would qualify for a "medically necessary" surgery. Keep up the great work on your weight loss goals! Good luck!
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Old 10-06-08, 07:47 PM   #3
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I definitely think it may qualify!!! Good Luck I do know people who have had the surgery and it was considered medically necesary.
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Are you wearing bike shorts or just normal athletic shorts? I've lost about 70lbs since Aug of last year, and have supple skin (alright, it's just saggy!) but the lycra does a pretty good job holding it in place. I have a spot on the inside thigh of my bibs that is debraiding, but not so much as to cause a sore.

If you're just wearing normal shorts that would allow for a lot more skin movement. You might want to try some compression shorts and see if that helps.
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OK, who else has this going on: I've lost about 50 lbs since January, and my previously stretched-to-accommodate skin has begun to hang in a few places (most notably in my, um, nether regions). I've developed a saddle sore recently, and it's getting pretty annoying. There's just so much movement of tissue that didn't use to happen. My saddle supports me on my sit bones just fine, but there's not much I can do about the skin that hangs there. Anybody think this might qualify me for a "medically necessary" skin reduction? Any ideas/suggestions are welcome.
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Old 10-06-08, 09:31 PM   #7
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If you end up having to go self-pay, you might want to wait a few years. I've had stretch skin that took a few years to go away on its own.
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Old 10-06-08, 10:19 PM   #8
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I lost about 150 pounds at my peak. (I've slipped and added some back.) I have loose skin all over. As another poster stated, if you wear bike shorts, it will help keep it in place. I sometimes wear a compression shirt under my jersey to help keep my gynecomastia down - I have a bigger rack than my bike does.
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it takes about 4 months for skin to get used to a new "step" below. I don't know what else to call it. A "step" is the amount of weight gain or loss you can notice, and it would depend on your height and frame. For someone thats 5'7 it might be 7-8 pounds. for someone 6'5" it is closer to 12.

For example if you are 5'7" 4lbs probably wont be noticable, but 8lbs would. Because its a "step" above/below.

following this guideline the max that your skin would be able to adapt to would be 24 lbs weight loss per year. Thats probably alot faster than what people gain it in the first place. I have seen skin adjust on some trainees up to 50 lbs per year just fine. More than this and you probably are doing something unhealthy.

If you losse more than this, it makes it harder for the skin to adjust. Keep it up and you will have no choice but to cut it off. That's why people that loose like 90+ lbs in a year usually end up needing these procedures.

It SNOWBALLS! its a pattern with these kinds of people, see:

radical weight gain > radical weight loss > radical surgical procedures > ect, ect, ect.
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I lost about 300 pounds, and there was no way to deal with the excess skin without plastic surgery. I got a portion of it covered because I had a hernia repair done at the same time, but I had to pay the rest of it myself. I had abdominoplasty, thighplasty, and brachioplasty (arm skin) done. I don't think I've totaled it all up, but it was probably the cost of a decent new car...
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If you get it done, ask about donating your excess scraps for medical research. Its invaluable
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