Loose Skin and Weight Loss

Loose Skin

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 weight loss gummies 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. Once our bodies run out of this energy then fat takes over during a process called ketosis. During ketosis our hormones then activate an enzyme in fat tissue which ignites to release triglycerides that then break into three components of glycerol and three fatty acid chains in a process called lipolysis.

The liver then absorbs the glycerol for energy and the fatty acids move to the muscles for energy. Because the fat tissue is removed of some of its components, it shrinks and so does the skin but as stated before only to an extent. Skin stretches because rapid weight gain or growth (ex. pregnancy) outpaces collagen production in your skin which causes areas to overstretch. Just as plastic will tear when stretched too far, so will skin in terms of stretch marks. In cases of massive weight loss, where individuals lose 100 lbs. and over, folds of extra skin remains because the skin had become so outstretched that it hangs from the thinner body like a rubber band that has lost its elasticity. In cases of moderate weight loss, skin can certainly shrink back to fit the body’s new size because of its elasticity. However, collagen fibers weaken with age and a few other factors thus resulting in wrinkles. The factors that determine your skins elasticity is dependent upon the individual and include whether the individual smokes, their race, sun damage, genetics, and even how often their weight has fluctuated greatly.

So in a sense, the actual amount of loose skin you might have is unknown as it is dependent on many other factors and also why the concern of loose skin shouldn’t be a factor in your hopes of losing weight. The want and effort to be healthy will do your body and life a million more favors than worrying about loose skin will. Being healthy and doing the necessary actions to be so will add to your motivation in life, your self-confidence, your work ethic, you name it.