Sharon Osbourne revealed (in her autobiography) that she had her legs and arms lifted along with a tummy tuck after having a gastric band fitted and losing a considerable amount of weight.
Actress Lisa Riley is the latest celebrity to show off her dramatic weight loss.
Lisa, 39, has dropped seven dress sizes and now wears a size 16, simply by overhauling her entire life style,
Meanwhile, super slimmer Oliver Bates 24 has lost a whopping 25 stone with Slimming World and now weighs 13st 13lbs He has gone from wearing size 6XL clothes with a 64in waist to size Medium with a 34in waist.
Losing such a significant amount of weight is a life changing and tremendous achievement but people who experience such a massive weight loss are usually left with one unfortunate legacy: droopy, flabby excess skin.
Lisa revealed that she might now need to undergo surgery to remove excess skin after her dramatic loss. “My stomach looks like untossed pizza dough!” she joked.
“I’ll probably need surgery – as every fitness teacher warned me, no rowing machine in the world gets rid of excess skin!
People who lose a massive amount of weight are often surprised at how unhappy they still are with their bodies. The fat is gone, but all that skin that held it in place? It didn’t go anywhere.
It’s a less explored part of extreme weight loss. The body may be lighter, but it’s now weighed down with folds of sagging skin, causing emotional and physical pain. Severe cases of excess skin can also lead to irritation, rashes and discomfort.
Even though skin has the ability to expand and contract to a remarkable degree -as it does during pregnancy – it can only stretch so far before it loses its elasticity, a bit like a balloon that once blown up then deflates. How loose your skin gets depends on several factors – how much weight you’ve lost, how old you were when you lost the weight, how many times you’ve lost and gained the weight back, and how quickly you lost it (the faster you lose it, the less time your skin has to tighten naturally). Genetics play a part, too and the older you are and the bigger the weight loss often means skin will not snap back into place as it did in your twenties,
But for slimmers like Lisa it’s worth remembering, she now has a healthier body even if she doesn’t like the look of all of it! And there are many ways to tackle loose skin problems and boost body confidence
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The most effective way to remove excess skin after dramatic weight loss is through a surgical body lift. But, be warned it’s a major operation and involves a long and painful journey. and involves cutting away the unwanted tissue and tighten the underlying muscles before stitching it back together until the skin is taut and fits the body – rather like going to the dressmaker and having a too-big pair of trousers or dress taken in to fit.
Surprisingly, as barbaric as it may sound, rather than being seen as a last resort, increasing numbers of weight-loss patients –around 15,000 of these operations were carried out last year – are now demanding this procedure directly linked to the numbers of patients having weight loss surgery (such as gastric banding and by pass.)
The procedure is custom-designed for each patient and there are many methods the surgeon can choose from. Surgery can also be limited to specific areas of the body and carried out in stages (breasts, arms, stomach, thighs, buttocks, etc.), or it can address multiple regions .The 3– 6 operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic and may require up to three nights in hospital with drains left in place for up to two weeks. . Incisions are made along natural crease lines so that the scars are hidden but there will be still significant scarring after the operation. There will be several layers of stitches and full recovery can take up to six to eight weeks. Before you consider body-contouring surgery after massive weight loss, you should be at a stable weight for about six months, be in good health and be a non-smoker. The risks associated with this type of surgery are much greater than with most procedures and include bleeding infection, delayed skin healing, poor scarring, blood clots and numbness of the skin. Expect pain and discomfort for up to ten days and expect to pay anything from £8.5 to £20k .At present body contouring is only available privately, unless there is disability as a result of the excess skin, or a life-threatening infection.
A tummy tuck , abdominoplasty, is best suited for those with excess skin on top of or below the bellow button. However, if you’ve experienced massive weight, an extended tummy tuck or “belt lipectomy” may be more suitable. Like a standard tummy tuck, this extended version removes all the excess skin, but instead of making an incision that runs from hip to hip, the incision must be made all the way around the stomach, hips and back in order to properly tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and get rid of all the extra skin. Full results won’t be noticeable for several months, or maybe even a year or longer and again there will be significant scarring. Allow at least two months for recovery, and again scarring is significant. Cost from £5k
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There are plenty of other ways to improve muscle tone that don’t involve going under the knife, such as regular exercise and weight training but remember, no amount of exercise will make the loose skin that sits on top of muscles go away. Eating more protein can help and some studies show that taking daily Vitamin C and fish oil supplements can increase the skin’s elasticity by about 14 per cent.
If you are still following a weight loss plan and want to save your skin’s elasticity, it is important to lose fat slowly, ideally around 1 – 2 lbs. per week. Given time skin can tighten up especially when weight loss is only a few stone and lost gradually. Radio-frequency (RF) treatments are good non-invasive alternatives for slightly sagging skin and can also be used to improve the tone and elasticity on the face and body but won’t cope with large amounts of excess skin.
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Come and see Dr. Khan demonstrate the Cinderella Lift at The Anti Ageing Show, being held at Olympia 14Th May to 15th May – lots of new treatments and products being showcased – to book tickets go to. www.anti-ageingshow.com