I may have asked this before...but don't remember....
You know you've seen on TV the people who lose like 400 lbs and have lots of loose, hanging skin. I'm really worried about this! I've not lost THAT much...but my body is plagued by stretch marks. I was 224 (Jan 2004) at my most..up and down from 180 to 193 (Dec2004)...and I was 217 last Aug. (when I birthed my second son)...I'm now at 175.
At what point does your body reach the point of no return? Is there anything you can do to combat that? Is there anything I should be doing for my skin right now as I'm losing weight? I'm hoping to get down to 140-150....so another 25-35 lbs. I'm really hoping that plastic surgery isn't the only resolution. Not that I would actually do plastic surgery...or could afford it...but just trying to say I hope there's an "over the counter" remedy.
06-21-2006, 10:42 PM
I would love to know this as well. I was 115 when I got pg with our first daughter. 3 months after she was delivered I got pg with London, and I was at 126. When she was born after a VERY hard pg and 11 wks of strict bedrest, I was somewhere around 212. My body leveled off at 180. :( That was 3 years ago, and I have lost all my weight from our 3rd daughter, who was born almost a year ago, but I can't get London's weight off :( I'm scared that when i DO actually get it off, i'll just be hanging everywhere!
I'm interested in knowing the answer to this as well!
Good luck, mama!
06-21-2006, 10:51 PM
06-22-2006, 08:18 AM
As far as I know, stretch marks never go away completely. From what I understand, they become more and more flesh colored as time goes on, but never really disappear, although some people I know (keep in mind they are tiny little women who barely looked preggers!) have had success with lasers correcting the problem. For me it wouldn't work, I have so many stretch marks, there isn't a big enough laser!!:laugh: Creams and lotions that claim to help just want your money, so I put very little stock into their claims.
As far as extra skin, I am in the same boat as you, your weight goal is the same as mine, and I started at 233. I have (sorry if this is TMI!) a flap of skin and fat hanging off my lower belly, so I am unsure if I will ever be able to get this to go away with diet and exercise. I refuse to get surgery though. I think that if I am a responsible weight, then it doesn't matter, I am not going to be winning any beauty contests anyways! I do know that keeping well hydrated keeps the skin supple, so drink that water gals!!:goodvibes:
06-22-2006, 01:45 PM
I've got the belly thing too....and was HOPING that by losingthe fat...the skin would tone, although I knowthe stretch marks won't go away. My sil is really small...like, size 0....she had 2 kids and when the youngest was probably....8 maybe...we were all swimming and sil was ina 2 piece....you can't tell she had (has, whatever) stretch marks..but she was able to pull her belly out and see that it had obviously been stretched out by babies. But without her doing it, she looks like a twig with healthy elastic skin. Maybe we can all hope for the same thing. I had totally forgotten about that until I started this reply.
I've kind of lost hope for my belly....but i'm really worried about my butt & thighs. It's kind of like....if I lose more weight and become floppy....I'd rather just stay this weight and be sort of filled out....ya know?
I guess I'll find out eventually? I hope I continue to lose weight....and I hope we can all lose the weight and see the elasticity in our skin bounce back :)
06-22-2006, 03:14 PM
I don't see any hope aside form plastic surgery, sorry ladies. :yuck: My highest weight was after dd2, it was 258 at delivery, i'm about 144 now. My stomach is the grossest thing I have ever seen, and now matter how tones I am, I don't look it cuz my skin is so stretched out. Wish I could get rid of it, but nothing seems ot make a difference. If someone finds a magic cure, please let me know!
06-22-2006, 03:18 PM
I'm going to save up for a tummy tuck... I know that's not crunchy or anything but I can't live my life forever w/my belly how it is now after my 1st I thought it was bad but w/this baby it's horrible. I have a little belly fat to lose from the baby but most of it is just extra skin... I wonder if it's b/c I had a c-section. It hangs down really low soooooooo gross & I get skin infection after skin infection in the area where there is a big crease. It's horrible. I hate it! I'd have a decent figure if it weren't for the belly I have to actually tuck in.
06-22-2006, 03:55 PM
jenny...is it just in your belly or everywhere? Unless that's too personal of a question! Then by all means, you dnot' have to answer :)
06-27-2006, 02:52 PM
My mother is hte first person I think of with this question. 2 times in her life she has lost over 200 pounds on WW. She was never a thin person.. ever... and then having triplets we REALLY messed up her metabolism (she was on bedrest.. duh.. for the last trimester).... so now it's 25 years later and she's down to a size 16 pant for the first time in her life. HOWEVER, if she had plastic surgery to remove the extra skin she has I KNOW she would be in a size 8. There is just no eleastic left in her skin--she won't wear anything that's short sleeve... and she won't wear even knee-lengnth skirts because of the extra skin... which is a shame, because she really is looking beautiful (but then again.. she's my mom :) ). At any rate.. she's talked with plastic surgeons and with her WW counselor.. and here's the deal: you really do need to be at your ideal weight for at least a year (that's in the maintenence stage.. not loosing) before you should even consider skin removal/plastic surgery. Seeing as how my poor mothers' ideal weight level is somewhere around 140 ish (she's the same height and build I am.. we're short) she will probably NEVER get the surgery (she's also dealthy afraid of doctors)... but she always jokes that she could supply every burn victim in the Bay Area with skin for a week if she did get the surgery done. :)
07-10-2006, 04:18 PM
I am so scared of this too. I have a yucky belly flap at 230 lbs (what I am now). I plan of losing like 80-100 lbs on WW (that is the only way I can think of). I am so grossed out about the belly thing and I don't know what to do. I am nervous that if I lose that much weight it will just get much worse. Grrrr. Does anyone know how much the surgery costs?
07-10-2006, 04:27 PM
I am in the same boat here. My highest was 262 in January. I am sitting at 227 right now. I want to get to 175 til Christmas. not sure if it is going to happen but I'm trying :thumbsup: I already have a ton of skin hanging from my belly :yuck: DH works at the local hospital and gets a 50% discount (whatever insurance doesn't cover) and the surgeon and him are good friends so I'm hoping to not have to pay a ton to get it all removed. And maybe even put the girls up back where they belong :smiley_haha:
I really don't know of any other way to get that skin back to where it belongs. I had stretch marks before I got preggo the first time. I have stretch marks EVERYWHERE! Ever see them on the back of your knees? :yuck:
07-10-2006, 08:01 PM
OMG, I had no idea they were on the back of my knees until after I had my 2nd!! I was horrified. When I started getting them on my arms, I said enough is enough. I'm at 174 (roughly) now and still working on losing it....
So, Mindi....can I come get your discount? I think that'll be my only hope!!