So you’ve lost over 100 pounds? Now what? You’re still determined and motivated to keep a healthy lifestyle by hitting the weights hard and eating right but there’s something still tugging at you. You’ve physically transformed into a completely different human but still have a reminder of your past self every time you get undressed. Yes, I’m talking about the extra skin.
See if you’ve never lost a significant amount of weight you probably don’t even know this exists, but for all of us who’ve lost 100+ pounds, we know all too well the struggle that comes with this skin. Embarrassed of taking your shirt off at the beach even though you’re slim, swimming with your shirt on just to avoid other people seeing your extra skin, I know these situations very well. Lucky for you, I give you two options, both of which are great.
Option #1: Surgery
There are snake oil salesmen marketers who try to sell you body cream that will “magically” make your skin taught and rid you of your extra skin forever, just know these do not work at all. There is no cream in the world that can just tighten your skin to that extent. The one medical procedure that will help you is a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty if you like scientific terms). This option is the more expensive option but it can do wonders for your mental health and make you feel like the person you truly are, not a shadow of your former self. To show how dramatic a change a tummy tuck can give you, this is the transformation of a tummy tuck Somerville patient who after losing 150 pounds, restored her stomach to look lean and tight.
Option #2: Keep The Skin
Most people are ashamed of their extra skin, but you don’t have to be. Many people decide to wear their extra skin as a sort of “badge of honor” and something that shows others what they’ve been through. See, the extra skin itself is not bad. It’s just the way you perceive it. Instead of seeing it as ugly or unflattering, picture it as a medal you got for achieving such great results. If you won a medal for placing in a marathon, would you just throw it out? To decide which option is best for you, think about your mental state. If you’re having a lot of trouble dealing with your extra skin, to the point of being depressed, a tummy tuck might be right for you. If you find your extra skin is just an inconvenience rather than a huge mental load to bare on your own, try keeping it, and if anything you can get the surgery later on if you choose.
I am in no way a medical professional so take my opinions with a grain of salt. Hopefully I have helped at least one of you through your weight loss journey. Don’t forget, never stop exercising and always eat healthy, your body will thank you for it in the long run!