Getting Rid of Excess Skin after Weight Loss

Photo-of-slim-person-trapped-in-fat-body-LocateADocLosing weight can be one of the best things you do for your body, since carrying a lot of excess weight can jeopardize your health and put a strain on your body. When you lose weight the right way -- through adopting a healthy diet and exercise program -- you can significantly improve your quality of health and reduce your risk of disease. However, a common byproduct of significant weight loss is excess skin. This extra skin is not just an aesthetic issue. It can cause irritation and even infection, and it can erode your newfound confidence.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get rid of excess skin. One of the most common and effective means of dealing with this skin is to have it surgically removed. This is a good option for those who have lost significant amounts of weight -- at least 100 pounds. The most common places that skin is removed include the arms and the abdomen.

Those who experience minor sagging skin may have some success with other skin-tightening procedures or products. For example, laser therapies that are used to tighten the skin on the face to make it appear more youthful can also be effective elsewhere on the body. Collagen creams can also be effective in helping to tighten the skin by producing new collagen.

The same technique that helped you achieve your goal weight loss can also help you get rid of the unsightly sagging: Exercise. Targeted exercise in the problem areas can help to tighten up the skin and contour the body.

Working with a doctor can help you explore the options that might work best for you. After your weight loss achievement, you don't want your joy to be diminished by the look of sagging skin. Try one of these therapies to get the look you want.

Check out our resources section for more information about weight loss and the after affects of any weight loss procedure.

Further Reading

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