It’s no secret that as you shed those pounds, your skin also loosens. Don’t worry! This is completely natural and because your skin is a living organ, it will return to the shape of your new body in time. You don’t have to jump to the conclusion that the only way to fix this is with a surgical Tummy Tuck. There are ways to avoid having loose, saggy skin without going under the knife.
I have four tips for anyone worried about loose skin during their weight loss process.
First, don’t lose weight too quickly.
There are a number of factors on top of weight loss that contribute to you skins elasticity such ass age, nutrition, excessive sun, smoking, and dehydration. If you experience any of these factors along with your weight loss it is important to avoid crash dieting and excessive exercise. When you lose fat and muscle quickly, your skin does not have time to adjust and lacks the muscular structure to be held against your body.
Your goal should be to lose between one and two pound a week. Along with the weight loss you want to focus on building muscle as well to replace the lost fat; thus, keeping your skin firm and against your body as much as possible.
Second, stay hydrated.
Water is probably the most important element in keeping your skin’s elasticity at an optimal level. Whether you obtain water from food or drink, a healthy amount of water should be at least two liters per day.
Third, eat properly.
In order to skin elastic, a diet of protein-rich foods that contain collagen and elastin forming components is crucial. Examples of these foods are milk, legumes, tofu, seeds, beans, cottage cheese, and fish. These foods will help the production of collagen and elastin in the body, as well as the necessary oils to maintain healthy looking skin. It is best to intake about 100 – 200 calories of protein immediately following a workout for optimum absorption.
Fourth, take care of your skin.
It is also important to take care of your skin with daily exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and improve skin circulation. Bathing in hot water with sea salts and minerals will improve your skin tone. Herbal formulas such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, soy protein, Vitamin C, E, and A all help to hydrate your skin and increase collagen and elastin formation.
Keep clear of hard detergents, soaps with sulfates, sun exposure, and tanning booths. Hot and chlorinated water will also decrease the elasticity of your skin.
When to consider surgery
If you are worried about tightening your skin after a 9-month pregnancy, don’t worry, your skin will bounce back. It is time to consider surgery if you have lost more than one hundred pounds that you have been carrying around for years. In this case, your skin may not bounce back all the way to your new body. Contact Dr. Hovsepian if you are considering a tummy tuck, and natural ways to tighten skin have not been working.