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Weight loss causing belly droop & sag

Oh my, alas & alack! I was an apple shape with a big round belly. Lost more than 50 lbs (still have close to 100 to go). Now the waist measurement is much smaller but the belly skin drooped and is hanging and flopping around. I'm just mortified. I thought it would all melt away, not just the fat. Evidently the skin stays. What now???!!!

Thu. Nov 15, 1:28pm

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Cosmetic surgery. Never thought I'd consider it, but tucking a belly flap into my jeans detracts from my ability to appreciate and enjoy the body I've worked really hard to repair, to the tune of 70 lbs thus far.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 2:18 PM

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Time will also help. Skin will eventually shrink back at least a bit but it takes longer than it takes to lose the weight. How much it shrinks back mostly depends on genetics I think.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 2:37 PM

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Actually, it depends on age, rate of loss, levels of minerals/vitamins/etc that support skin elasticity, and how much weight you've lost.

Over 30? Over 80 pounds lost? We hope and wait in vain.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 4:31 PM

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I've lost about 60 pounds 5 years ago. The skin shrank back some, but it's still hanging somewhat. It's not so bad when I'm standing, so I'm just going to live with it, but if tummy tuck was more affordable, I would seriously consider it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 5:31 PM

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well that's what you get for being a big fat pig! If you'd of pushed away from the table once in a while you wouldn't of become such a lard ass and wouldb't have to worry about this at all. L O S E R!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007, 10:54 AM

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Who told the angry 8th-graders about this site?

Friday, November 16, 2007, 10:57 AM

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Don't worry about the 8th graders--their metabolisms will slow down soon enough; the girls will get pregnant (maybe too soon!), and the men will marry cooks. They'll have their turn.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 11:35 AM

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OK. Back to the topic.

Someone on my team posted that flaxseed & flax oil increases skin elasticity. Worth a try, especially since flaxseed is supposed to be good for you.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 12:36 PM

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One trick for cellulite (might work for tightening skin to): combine grated ginger with sea salt and use that as a scrub. Also, use a body brush (I just use one of those wooden back scratcher brushes) and brush your skin (when it's dry, and start at your feet and brush towards the heart) before showering - it helps remove dead skin cells and helps activate the lymphatic system.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 1:03 PM

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I've lost 75lbs and my stomach is saggy and celulitish looking even though my waist measures 27inches now. The muscles underneath the skin are rock solid but i'll never have a stomach that looks attractive w/o surgery. I have days where I'm horrified and grossed out by it, and other days when I remember how far i've come and what a small price to pay for all the other good things about my new body. Some days I actually think it doesn't look/feel so bad, even though I know it really does look gross. I don't think I have the nerve to get surgery though.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 10:13 PM

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is this what i have to look forward to. I've lost 57 lbs so far and have another 50 to go. I think i will start saving for the tummy tuck.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 10:22 PM

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My coworker got a Thermage treatment on her sagging tummy and it was amazing. check out

I'm saving up for it. I know when I lose my 60 pounds, I'll have a sagging tummy to look forward to, especially after having 3 kids.

Non surgical and only between $1000 - $5000 depending on your needs.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 10:35 PM

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OP here.

What do you think is the best exercise, massage, lotion, cream, etc to be doing/using while the weight is leaving at 1/2 a pound to a pound a week? The droop & sag I have now is bad enough. I don't want it to get worse as the fat continues to go, and I'd sure like to find a way to help tighten some of it up if at all possible. Unfortunately I don't have health insurance so can't afford any cosmetic surgery living off my teeny tiny income. I can't even afford to save up for it. As it is most of my income goes to rent, fresh fruits & veggies. Things I just can't compromise on. The rest goes to pay electric, phone, internet & gasoline/car insurance & maintenance. If it wasn't for freecycle, I wouldn't be able to get any new clothes that fit me as my size & shape changes.

Any (sane & helpful) ideas are welcome.


Saturday, November 17, 2007, 5:41 PM

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People who get tummy tucks are paying for it, health insurance wouldn't cover plastic surgery

Saturday, November 17, 2007, 8:39 PM

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