How many of you have wondered about loose skin? How many have wondered how to get rid of it? Well, I’m here today to help you out a bit. I work for a medical reconstructive and cosmetic surgery practice in New Jersey and I get this question in emails all the time. People want to lose weight but are concerned about having loose skin. First, let me tell you that I am in no position to give anyone advice, I neither a dietician, nor am I a plastic surgeon but I do work for many surgeons and all my information comes directly from them.
The number one thing that they will tell you is to not worry about your loose skin. Being healthy and wanting to be healthy is your number one job. Being healthy leads to a happier you, a happier you leads to a healthy happy life. I will explain further why this is so.
What Happens to our Skin?
Loose skin occurs when you lose a certain amount of weight faster than your skin has time to recoil, so pregnant women after giving birth will have some loose skin, people going through a mild to severe weight loss will also have loose skin. Loose skin occurs because once your body stretches through weight gain or pregnancy; your skin loses its elasticity. To better understand what happens to our skin when we lose weight we should first take a quick look at how we burn fat. When we lose mass by burning fat, the fat doesn’t just disappear as we would like it to, instead our fat changes form. When we eat, glucose and sugar are harnessed from the carbohydrates we consume; this becomes our bodies’ first fuel source and is stored away in the form of glycogen to be released into the bloodstream as necessary.