The aftermath of massive weight loss
- 10-21-2008, 08:17 PM
The aftermath of massive weight loss
Hey guys. So here's the story. I was 141kg but through diet and exercise I got down to 76kg. I'm now around 80-81. The problem of course is that I'm now left with a lot of loose skin. My waist went from 138cm to 83cm, so you can imagine how the bottom of my abs look with rolls of hanging skin.
Generally, there's three ways to do. One is to let nature take its course and hope it 'shrinks' back into place. I've been told, however, that given the sheer amount of skin I have, that it will never shrink back.
The second option is surgey. Ultimately, if I was indepedently wealthy, I'd get the skin on my arms, stomach, legs and chest removed. Realistically though, I'd probably just do chest and stomach. Sounds ok yeah? Yeah, if I had $20,000 which is how much I'd be looking at. Needless to say, I don't have 20K to spend! Sure I could borrow, but I'd rather buy a house first.
The third option is to get on the gas and hit the accelerator. Sure putting on muscle would fill out skin, but realistically, could I put on ENOUGH mass to fill out the amount of skin I've got? That's a LOT of muscle. We wouldn't be talking one or two cycles here, we'd be looking at a long term on and off.
Man, I don't know what to do. What do you guys think? Which way would YOU go? Sure, pinning would be the most 'fun', but realistically which is the best option?
- 10-21-2008, 08:40 PM
Well, this is what I would do. First see if you can't get an insurance company to help cover it, surely the excess skin has caused you severe mental trauma, etc. Something that gives the insurance company a forced hand to pay for it.
If you are interested in AAS, do a few cycles, see how you fill out. Surgery is probably going to be the option you'd need to get to anyway.
- 10-21-2008, 08:51 PM
Thanks man, I didn't consider the mental trauma aspect, it's worth pursuing. As for AAS and surgery, it's a hard call?
10-21-2008, 09:08 PM
see what you can do with filling it out, most likely if you gain back 60 pounds of mass, there will not be much loose skin, do deep squats and deadlifts thicken the waist and pull the skin tighter, and build a big upperchest. itll pull th skin upward, (or so we hope)
then look into creams (absolution plus) to tighten the skin, and java lather to help with stretch marks.
10-21-2008, 11:41 PM
Well it all depends on you. If you were going up the avenue of AAS anyway, I say why not. If you weren't, then I would naturally bulk and cut for a while, you want to put on size, but not just more fat.
Try creams I guess, but consider the use of surgery somewhere down the line if you see that your options are limited. When you talk to a doctor it causes you depression, if you work where you need to interact with other people it causes you depression and social anxiety.
10-24-2008, 02:06 PM
first of, thats amazing man! congrats! you are truly an inspiration for having pulled off such a feat!
second, i feel sorry for you man. having worked so hard for such a time only to be left with another maybe naturally unfixable problem must be heartbreaking... most people who would work as hard as you would probably be blessed with the perfect body in the end of the road, so i cant imagine how you feel...
and lastly, i think the best option would be to get the surgery done. its expensive, but from what i get from your original post, it is way too much loose skin to tighten up. as the second poster already mentioned, you should at least try to get it covered by insurance or something. here in sweden (we're a socialist country, like most of europe) we have the free healthcare, and thus sometimes problems like this can be fixed by applying for disability (imo, this is a trauma/disability issue and should be treated as instead of a cosmic issue, because lets be real, you did all you could, this isn't your fault anymore).
also depending on your situation, do you have family or something, its probably better to get this fixed than getting a house. i mean, you could get a house if you are happy with your body. but if you arent, then getting a house probably wont give your soul peace.
on the other side, maybe you will just come to accept the way you are and be happy with it, then a house probably is the better option. but seeing as you took the biggest step already, i reckon you want to finish the last yard as well.
whatever you decide to do, i wish you luck man. in case my opinion was confusing, i support removal of the excess skin on the surgery table.
10-24-2008, 07:55 PM
10-25-2008, 04:57 PM
Dry brushing, it should be done to prevent stretch marks and loose skin, but it also helps with their appearance a lot.
10-25-2008, 08:20 PM
Dry brushing? Like exfoliating?
10-25-2008, 08:43 PM
Good: Don't have a lot of loose skin anymore around the midsection. There is still some, as they cannot take all the loose skin away without making it too tight to bend properly or stand up straight.
Bad: Scars are pretty ugly. I had a pretty bad experience with it, since they had to sever my abdominals while doing the "tummy tuck." The reason why they had to was since I had done a ton of weight lifting to lose weight, I had built up my abdominals, which bulged forward. Let me tell you, having those things severed took about a full year before they were strong again, and not hurting constantly. NOT FUN!
I only got it done for my stomach, and I had pretty bad skin hanging from under my arms, and from my back. The good news is that since then, I have been eating and lifting (230 at time of surgery, 276 now, 3 years later) and I don't have much skin hanging left. There is still some under my arms, but that's likely still some body fat.
In your case, I would honestly just start bulking up, packing on some muscle. The loose skin looks MUCH better where it has been stretched out by muscle filling in, versus it being cut and stitched together. It has been about 3 years for me since I got the operation done, and put on some weight (most of it muscle), and all my friends (and gentlemen callers ) agree I look better now.
Take it from me, brother. Don't get surgery. That's trouble you don't need.
10-26-2008, 05:16 AM
Awesome to hear from someone who took the plunge. Much appreciated mate, repped.
Thanks to everyone else who has replied too.
10-27-2008, 08:46 PM
10-28-2008, 04:53 AM
It feels kinda rough at first, but I have noticed, along with other people skin improvement, I don't have any loose skin but I have stretch marks on my biceps and a little on my chest, that along with bag balm after a hot/cold shower....work pretty good!
10-28-2008, 05:07 AM
Thanks mate, I might have to look into that!
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