If you’ve recently slimmed down and have lost a lot of weight within a short period of time, you may find that you have pockets of loose, excess skin. Loose, excess skin often occurs as a result of having weight-loss surgery, or having engaged in intense cardio exercise without focusing on strength training. Or, you may develop loose skin as a result of modifying your diet, and are unable to tighten your skin no matter how much or how often you exercise.
Thankfully, there are several treatments you can look into if you’re interested in tightening your skin after weight loss. You can continue to try to tighten your skin on your own through strength training, or you can undergo one or more cosmetic body-contouring procedures such as a body lift, tummy tuck, or BBL SkinTyte treatment.
If you’re not quite sure whether you’re ready to undergo cosmetic skin-tightening treatments, you can attempt to tighten your skin on your own, first. Check out the following five treatments you can turn to if you’re interested in tightening your skin following extreme weight loss.
1. Drink more water
Water can help keep your skin hydrated, plump, and smooth, and can even lend to a tighter appearance by improving elasticity. Try to drink at least six glasses of water per day, and swap out sodas, fruit juices, tea, and coffee for water.
2. Keep your skin moisturized
Moisturizer that contains vitamin E can encourage new skin cell growth, as well as help tighten and improve elasticity in your skin. Try using Dermal Repair by SkinMedica, which has the ability to hydrate and replenish moisture to dry skin using high levels of antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
3. Add strength training to your fitness routine
Cardio exercise is great for weight loss, but if you want to tighten and tone your skin, you must add strength training to your current fitness routine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all adults do strength training two or more days per week that work all major muscle groups, including the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms.
4. Focus on abdominal muscles
For most individuals, the stomach carries a concentrated amount of excess skin following intense weight loss. If you’re already doing strength training exercises, try to focus more on toning your abdominal muscles. Do a variety of plank exercises, as well as crunches, sit-ups, and other movements that focus specifically on your core and ab muscles.
5. Limit sun exposure
Spending time in the sun is great for your overall health, but try to limit direct exposure to sunlight to about 10 to 15 minutes per day to avoid skin damage. Excess sun exposure can result in loss of elasticity, which can hinder the efforts you’re making to tighten your skin. If you plan on exposing most of your body to the sun at the pool or beach, try using skin care products that contain sunscreen, such as Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 or UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 by Elta MD.
If you’re unable to tighten your skin using any of the above natural treatments, your next best option is cosmetic surgery. A body lift can help smooth and tighten skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite, whereas tummy tuck surgery can help remove excess skin and fat from your abdominal region. If you’re more interested in undergoing a less invasive treatment, try BBL SkinTyte treatment, which can help tighten your skin using broadband light technology with little to no downtime.
Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for cosmetic surgery. For more information about BBL SkinTyte treatment, call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center today at (913) 317-9386 or schedule a skincare consultation using our website.