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August 20, 2012 9:18 AM
As I am losing this weight my biggest concern is after I am able to lose 100 or more pounds will I have all that "extra lose skin" hanging around?

So I guess I am asking if anyone is willing to share photos of themselves after a 100+ pound weight loss (please include a before too if you have it!). I would like to see what people are looking like after this kind of weight loss (more so the women).

Thanks for helping!!!!

P.S. And CONGRATS to all those who post their photos!!!! That is an impressive loss!
August 20, 2012 9:34 AM
I have lost 95lbs to date. Best advice - lose slowly and HYDRATE your skin. It has taken me ten months to lose 95lbs. I still have 110 to go to meet my total goal so I will have skin at that time (obese my entire life) but to date my neck is great, no more three chins, my arms look good (little flab but strength and water will take care of that). My knees look fat rolls on the knees. I really stressed about this in the beginning but so far so good. I will be posting pics soon but in my profile pic you can see where I started from.
August 20, 2012 10:20 AM
Have a look on my profile - I have to put some new ones on but the most recent was taken back in June.

Unfortunately a lot of excess skin on my tummy area but I have also had 4 children so kind of expected that would happen :(, still better than the mound of solid fat that was there before though.
Edited by chatterbox3110 On August 20, 2012 10:22 AM
August 20, 2012 10:25 AM
bump as I think about being brave enough to post pictures...LOL
August 20, 2012 10:26 AM
I am 116 down with about 74 to go since October 2011. It comes in waves, about the time I start fretting over my skin on my neck, it slowly disappears. I hydrate well, both my skin and my body, exercise and have kept a pretty even pace - 50 pounds in the first 3 months, then 10 pounds a month since then. My question to you is what is your other alternative? Remain overweight? I fully intend to have tucked away what I don't like in a few years after losing, muscle building, and maintaining. And age is a factor, I am 41. Good luck and don't sweat the small stuff! Your health is way more important than a little loose skin ;)
August 20, 2012 10:26 AM
You won't if you take it nice and easy and make sure to drink lots of water and do some strength training. The people who have tons of loose skin hanging off their arms are usually those who lose a TON of weight in a short amount of time (think "Biggest Loser" and "Extreme Makeover"). You can also use lotions popular with pregnant women who are trying to keep their skin tight. I can't remember any brands/names right now, though.

You may still end up with some loose skin, but your doctor can always refer you to a plastic surgeon if it's rubbing, getting in your way, or just annoying in general. The plastic surgeon will determine if it's truly loose skin or if it still has a little bit of fat in it that you need to lose before they can remove it.

Some insurance plans will cover the surgery, depending on how much weight you've lost. If you get to that point, it's worth checking into.
August 20, 2012 10:28 AM
August 20, 2012 10:29 AM
Do I have extra skin, YES. Would I rather still weight in the 260s and have extra fat, NO.

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August 20, 2012 10:30 AM
I know I'm not down 100 pounds yet but; I hydrate my skin often and so far so good, if it becomes an issue, I'll keep the surgery an open option if I am a candidate for said procedure. I'll post pics of my midsection AFTER I get a six pack (which is soon I hope).
August 20, 2012 10:31 AM
honestly, i have a little loose skin on my belly and inner thighs, but under my arms isn't "loose"... nothing some toning exercises won't fix. i figured when i get down to a healthy weight, if i see after a while that my skin will not tighten up, i will consider surgery, but i honestly feel the rate i'm going it won't be necessary. :) like others said.... hydrate both your skin (lotions) and body (water, water, water!), and my doctor told me to make sure i was getting enough calcium and healthy fats in my diet as well. :)
August 20, 2012 10:32 AM
I'm 100lbs down from my Heaviest weight 425lbs (Oct. 2010). Only 77lbs down from when I truly got serious about the weight loss.

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August 20, 2012 10:34 AM
While I haven't lose a "ton" of weight, I have lost 60 lbs and I have lots of excess skin!!! I did it one pound a week and took my time, but still have lots of skin from the damage I did to myself. I hate the sound it makes when I run...ughhh! I don't think there's anything we can do other than surgery to remove the skin. My insurance won't cover it unless it is causing illness like rash, sores, or cellulitos (sp).
August 20, 2012 10:35 AM
I'm not sure that I consider myself having lose skin as much as I feel like I still have a lot of stomach fat. I'm around a size 14 now, from a 24, but still carry an apron belly like I had at almost 300lbs, just a little smaller, and a noticeable roll from around the love handle area, that goes all the way around the front, around my belly button. I feel like I'm the same "shape" I always was, it's all just measures smaller.
August 20, 2012 10:47 AM
Insurance can cover skin removal,
IF IF IF you present with the 'correct' complaint.

If one shows up at the doctors office with complaint, "I do not like the way the hanging skin looks"-------insurance will usually NOT cover surgery.

If you show up at the doctors office with any of these types of complaints,
there is very good chance your insurance can cover skin removal--------

"The skin folds infect repeatedly and are often rashy" (i've known patients who actually did put food and other irritants into skin folds to CAUSE the rashes and infections needed to qualify for surgery) Usually, the doctor will have to treat the first infection or rash,
and then, you have to show back up with at least one more rash or infection, to qualify, but, this complaint is VERY effective.

"I can not find or wear clothing needed for my job, or my daily life, due to being misshapen by excessive skin folds. Clothing irritates the hanging skin, and restricts my movement." (i have seen this very complaint cover not only skin removal after weight loss, but a facelift for a pilot who said his facemask won't fit due to hanging skin on his jowls) slightly off toic, but eyelid lifts can be covered if person says the droopy eyelids reduce their visual field.

or removal of excess skin on arms, legs, neck, back, anywhere,
one has to have a complaint which relates to that person's function, or is causing a health risk (like repeated infections in folds). But once a person knows that,
insurance covers such surgeries every day. But the complaints can not be "i don't like how the hanging skin looks" as that will often be seen as "cosmetic" surgery.
Edited by BlueJean4114 On August 20, 2012 10:48 AM
August 20, 2012 11:11 AM
I have extra on my stomach as you can see here.

The before is at 270+lbs and the after is a few weeks ago at 170lbs.

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Here's a side view
Around 230
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Around 200
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Arms - I've done a LOT of strength training and running in the past 6 months. Drink 100+ ounces of water per day.
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August 20, 2012 11:54 AM
Wow you ALL look great - extra skin or not! DMK (OP) ummmm. . . HELLO YOU ARE STUNNING!!!!! Don't worry about loose skin my dear. You will be so happy being 100lbs lighter, you can decide at that point what if anything to do about it. Stay the course - you are doing SO well! almost 20lbs! 1/5th there already!!!!
Edited by fabandfunat51 On August 20, 2012 11:54 AM
August 20, 2012 12:37 PM
I want to say THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU! Everyone was so honest & you all look great! I think a lot of my concern came from watching The Biggest Loser & the other show, but as all of you have said doing it slow & keeping the hydration, as well as, strength training wil really keep a lot of it in check! So happy for all of you, you look really great!!!
August 20, 2012 12:44 PM
Started at 350, right pic is around 240, currently at 233.

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I don't have much loose skin right now, but I still have a lot of weight to lose. My tummy is starting to get that "deflated" look, though, so I'm guessing it won't be as tight and toned as I'd like when I'm done, but like another poster said, I'd rather have loose skin than extra fat.
August 20, 2012 2:56 PM
i have lost 100 lbs, twice! i usually start pregnancys around 150ish lbs, and end them around 260ish, i don't have many pics, but my profile pic is me at 150lbs, and i have no lose skin, except what is expected with having children. i don't worry about the skin, and ALL of you look great!!! those pics are so inspirational!
August 20, 2012 11:06 PM
I've lost 132 pounds, I still have 80 pounds to go, so please remember that when looking at these pics. LOL...

I've worked hard to get to where I am and I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel at this point.


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After: Front:

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and back:

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I'm pretty pleased with my back, it's firming up and for the most part where it's supposed to be.

I can see a little big of sag in my front and I think if I work at it a little bit, it may even disappear...

however I have no issues with having work done in the end to smooth things over and tighten things up. As it is, I'm looking at a boob lift...not more, not less...just a lift...make them a little perkier...


August 21, 2012 5:01 AM
You all look WONDERFUL! Thank you for all being so courageous and posting the photos!!!!!!
August 21, 2012 6:07 AM
No pics of the skin, but my profile has before and during pictures. The skin question has so many variables that everyone is different.

Many things factor into the skin issue:

How long you were overweight
How overweight you were
Where you carried it
How old you are
How elastic your skin is
How stretched out your skin is
Your muscle tone/fitness
If you smoke(d)
If your skin is sun damaged
How fast you lost it
How much muscle you lost when you lost the weight
Your genetics
Your nutrition

Some is out of your control, some is within your control. People will have all sorts of suggestions for avoiding it, but if you're going to have it, you're going to have it and there isn't much you can do to stop it. Regardless, saggy skin is healthier than being fat. And saggy skin looks better in clothes than fat filled skin. Personally, I expect to need some surgery to look normal after this, but I can't waste energy worrying about something that is likely inevitable. It's a bummer, but not a reason not to do this.
Edited by Celeigh12 On August 21, 2012 6:07 AM
January 7, 2013 8:20 PM
I love your pictures its very 213 lbs and my goal weight is 175. I cant wait to see me at your weightsmile
January 28, 2013 8:31 PM
You look amazing!
May 26, 2014 2:43 PM
Congratulations!!!! Wow! I just starting to loose weight, and was concern about the extra skin! But seeing your post, it's insipiring! I have to loose 100 pounds, and was scare of what I would look like after. But like some have said: loosing the weight is worth the effort!! I am drinking lots of water, walking, and watching what I eat. I hope in one year I can reach my goal! But Thanks for sharing!!!
Edited by SGAbadiaChapman On May 26, 2014 2:44 PM


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