Sagging Skin After Weight Loss. Reason Why?

There’s no magic cream or exercise that’s going to tighten sagging skin after weight loss on its own. That’s what makes excess skin a difficult problem in moderate cases.

There are a few factors that may affect whether you’ll have excess skin and how much loose skin you’ll get after losing weight.

Smoking:

Patients who are smokers may be at higher risk for loose skin. So, quitting your cigarette habit may be helpful if you want to decrease your risk. Emerging research suggests exposure to second-hand smoke raises levels of inflammatory proteins in your skin, reducing collagen levels and contributing to thin skin and wrinkles.

Age is One Factor.

“Older patients (generally 50 years and over) are at higher risk for getting loose skin after weight loss because their skin is less elastic and less able to recover from the change in size,” says Nguyen. The quality of the skin is the key to improvement.

The Amount of Weight to Lose.

If you are obese and lose 100 pounds or more your risk for loose skin may be higher, depending on your other risk factors and the quality of your skin. 

Genetics:

how well your skin responds to weight loss in the first place depends on everything from age and genetics to how much weight you lost and your skin quality. 

Poor Nutrition:

losing huge amounts of weight by following fad diets and over-exercising, all in a very short period is another reason that can cause sagging. If you do not consume a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain nutrients vital to skin health you increase chances of a loose skin.

Disclaimer

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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