Loose Skin

erikalouise7 Posts: 13 Member
edited July 2018 in Health and Weight Loss
I'm assuming a lot of people on here have lost good amounts of weight. I plan on losing around 60 pounds, do you think I will have excess skin? Does anyone have any experience having lost that amount of weight? If I try to lose my weight "slowly" will i avoid loose skin?


  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,969 Member
    I lost 50+ pounds at age 62, and don't have much . . . had more when I first hit goal weight, but the true loose skin (thin wrinkles like wrinkles in fabric) kept shrinking well into year 2 of maintenance. Fat loss is slower than skin shrinkage. A lot of the final result is genetics, probably.
  • Nightmare_Queen88
    Nightmare_Queen88 Posts: 304 Member
    It all depends on your age, how much you have to lose and yes how quickly you lose it. Or at least that's what I've read. I was 268 lbs and dropped to 144 lbs and yes I had and still have lose skin. You may only have some or none. But that's nothing to worry yourself over. Focus on what's important and that's being healthy. 😊 Good luck!
  • pinuplove
    pinuplove Posts: 12,871 Member
    I lost 64 pounds in 2012-13 and didn't notice any loose skin other than what was already stretched out from pregnancy. It's highly individual, though.
  • mph323
    mph323 Posts: 3,565 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    I lost 50+ pounds at age 62, and don't have much . . . had more when I first hit goal weight, but the true loose skin (thin wrinkles like wrinkles in fabric) kept shrinking well into year 2 of maintenance. Fat loss is slower than skin shrinkage. A lot of the final result is genetics, probably.

    This is me as well. I lost ~50 lbs over a couple of years aged 65-66, and I've been in maintenance 4 months. In even that small a period I've seen slight (but noticeable) improvements on loose skin, especially in my midriff.
  • doittoitgirl
    doittoitgirl Posts: 157 Member
    People are concerned about this all the time and the general consensus is you might get loose skin and you might not. There is no way to know. Are you genetically predisposed to it? Find out of your mom had skin elasticity problems after she had you. Generally, staying hydrated and losing weight at a slow and steady pace is better for preventing loose skin. But some people can lose 100lbs and tighten right up and some can lose 50lbs and notice some flappy bits. The question is: would you rather risk some loose skin and be at your target weight or stay near your current weight?
  • KV621
    KV621 Posts: 20 Member
    I have loose skin from my first pregnancy and stretch marks. I don’t know if it’s from my skin already being stretched or the fact that I oiled my belly every day and drank an insane amount of water, and exfoliating but it didn’t get any worse with my second
  • OpulentSin
    OpulentSin Posts: 9 Member
    Can’t really say because there are several factors to consider, but in general everything that can relate to your internal and external health. The ones that stand out are: age; nutrition; physical fitness/muscle mass; exercise; health; genetics; drug use (tobacco/otc/scripts/illicit drugs); the rate at which you lose the weight; the products you use on your skin; exfoliating/not exfoliating your skin; your environmental quality; and I can think of at least 5 others, but there are more than five to consider! BTW...Collagen supplement are bogus...eat your nutrition via whole foods!

    I lost 40 Lbs over 5 months (10-15 more to absolute ideal) and noticed a bit of crinkles in my skin, mostly around my elbows...sure it’s awful, but personally I’d rather be a wrinkly Shar-Pei, then obese/petite BBW! Isn’t that an oxymoron, “petite BBW!” Nix the nice euphemisms, small BBW, curvy, big girl, chubby, etc, and call yourself what it is—FAT/OBESE. Telling myself I was obese (5’3” @ 180Lbs w an 88cm waist and 112cm hips), and more importantly sharing this obese epiphany with friends/acquaintances, helped me drop those 40 Lbs. I’m at my penultimate shape and happy with my physical appearance (today I’m 5’3” @ 137Lbs w 73cm waist and 93cm hips). To limit any further crinkles I’m taking the last 10-15 Lbs (or what ever gets me to 89x60x89 or there about!) off over a year and trying to put muscle on to take up the space I lost.

    If you believe you might have too much extra skin that will likely not snap back start a savings account today, do a little math to estimate surgical costs, divide costs by pounds to lose and factor in time, then put this amount of money away each week, money NOT to be touched for any reason (pretend you don’t have this money and don’t tell family/friends about this money.) and after 18mo to 2 years of HOLDING YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT you can use that money for plastic surgery (FYI insurance will typically cover abdoplasty if the excess creates problems (rashes etc) IF you need it. If you don’t treat yourself to smthg nice—new wardrobe, special trip, etc.

    Good luck.
  • mmapags
    mmapags Posts: 8,934 Member
    How quickly you lose is a factor. Slow and steady is better than quick in this regard. And other regards as well. Like learning new sustainable habits along the way.
  • WholeFoods4Lyfe
    WholeFoods4Lyfe Posts: 1,518 Member
    Something I didn't see mentioned. In part, it depends on how long your skin has been stretched out. Have you been overweight your whole life? If so, then you might end up with loose skin because it's been stretched out and stayed stretched out over a longer period. Where, if you had a fairly rapid weight gain and only carried around the extra weight for a year or two (think pregnancies as a good example) there is much better chance that things will "spring" back.

    In total, I need to lose 145lbs (lost 68 so far) and while I do expect some loose skin as I've been overweight most of my adult life, I'm hoping it isn't too bad as the majority of my weight gain (100lbs) came on quickly when I got sick several years ago. We'll see. I also practice IF to achieve autophagy, but I won't go in to that here as I'm likely to get woo'd right on out the door.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,969 Member
    And go look in the "success stories" forum. People talk honestly about loose skin, and often even have photos. It's almost always way less than many people fear.

    It's also important to realize that we can look worse part way through weight loss, when a less dense (squishier, floppier) fat mass is still conspiring with gravity to keep skin stretched.

    At goal weight, it's often improved (less stretched), and the true loose skin (thin wrinkles) can keep improving for up to a couple of years after that.
  • Tedebearduff
    Tedebearduff Posts: 1,155 Member
    It's individualized, everyone is different.
  • batorkin
    batorkin Posts: 281 Member
    edited July 2018
    I lost 92 and only have noticeable loose skin in certain positions (like pushups, sitting down, or laying on my side). 6'1" 31 years old. I reached my goal only last month, so I expect it will get even better over the next couple years. I definitely feel "squisher" than the average person though.

    FYI: The "how quickly you lose" matters thing is a myth. If you lose fast, you will have more at first of course. After a year or two of maintaining, you will look the same whether you lost it fast or slow (assuming you minimized muscle loss). Skin won't just stop tightening because you loss too fast, that's silly.
  • mazcor536
    mazcor536 Posts: 115 Member
    I have a lot less than I thought I would. It’s only noticeable when I bend over and it hangs off my tummy, but upright it’s hardly noticeable at all. My bottom is a bit wrinkly in places, and my inner thighs too, but only noticeable if you’re looking for it. My arms hang a little bit but I’ve always been very self conscious of the size of my arms and I suspect they aren’t as bad as I think they are. Most importantly though, NONE of it is visible when clothed. I’m one happy camper. (81lbs lost).
  • fitoverfortymom
    fitoverfortymom Posts: 3,452 Member
    edited July 2018
    I've lost 100lbs in about a year and have hardly any loose skin. It comes down to genetics quite a bit. I didn't lift weights at all during weight loss. Mostly walk and ran. I'm pretty lucky I think.

  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 28,028 Member
    I lost 80 pounds while in my late 30s and had no loose skin. I did cardio and weight lifting during this time, and lost it slowly.
  • MHarper522
    MHarper522 Posts: 108 Member
    There is no one size fits all answer. How you carry your weight (all over? Mostly stomach?), your height (50 pounds on someone who is 5'0" stretches you more than if you're 5'10"), your age, your skin's natural elasticity, your genetics, how long you were overweight, how fast you lose...

    Tbh? Problaby a little, but maybe not. Does that mean you shouldn't lose weight? Definitely not.

    I know slower rate of loss helps, as does being well hydrated and working out (for overall body comp).

    I lost 75 before and didn't really notice that much, but I was 10 years younger and still had some weight to lose.