Leftover bits.... of me?

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  1. ColJack

    ColJack Gold Member

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    Since I'm losing a lot of weight, I know that I'll have lots of excess skin once I'm done..

    this has been one of the reasons that stopped me losing weight before.

    do they do "tummy tucks" etc on the NHS?
     
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  3. jaylou

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    With the amount of money the NHS has to cut next year, I'd very much doubt it!!
    That said, it probably all depends on your trust. I think it has been done, a lady at my old group lost something like 13 stone and was looking to get an "apronectomy" (sp?) on the NHS.
     
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    They do BUT it has to be for a reason other than aesthetic, namely either that the loose skin in question causes repeated infections due to the skin to skin contact OR that it is causing severe emotional and mental distress. I think also that you have to have lost and kept the weight off for at least a year before they will consider you.
     
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    It isnt' a nationwide thing, it depends on your individual trust and what they are willing to spend their money on. As a pp mentioned, with all the cuts going on very soon i imagine it won't be many of them.

    Lot's of private clinics do pay plans where you can pay for surgery monthly, just a thought if you don't manage to get it on the NHS.
     
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    My auntie had the operation to remove excess skin yesterday on the NHS, just ask your doctor!!
     
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    my cousin lost 13stone he tried to have excess cut off on nhs but they wouldn't do it so he put all the weight back on cause he had to tuck the excess skin into his pants and it felt awful he said he was better off being fat i thought it was such a shame as he had lost all the weight the hard way, i suppose it depends on what budget there is, good luck :)
     
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    DON'T let it put you off losing. Not everyone gets excess skin, a lot depends on your age, genes, excercise levels etc.

    At the end of the day, sorry to be so blunt - but excess skin won't harm your health, but being overweight WILL. I have to say that its not a worry that even crossed my mind when I was a size 24, it was just the health worries of my weight that concerned me.
     
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    i read an article in thats life yesterday woman was 22 stone lost weight and skin was saggy so she took up hula hooping and its toned her up and she now has less saggy skin im thinking of doing this myself although she does it naked i dont think im brave enough for that lmao
     
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    I am slightly amazed that people would give up losing weight, or even intentionally re-gain what they've lost, just because of excess skin!

    Surely the single most important thing is to be healthy? Excess skin can't be nice, but as purple_star says, it isn't going to kill you!

    If it is something that really worries you ColJack, it might be worth thinking about how you can minimise it - and you can - by losing weight slowly, so the skin has more of a chance to keep up with the losses, and replacing the fat with lean muscle through exercise, which gives the skin something to 'stick' to. Losing weight quickly is all well and good, especially if you can do it without exercise... but its not the best way for your body, let alone your skin!
     
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    This might be completely ridiculous but after I'd had my daughter I had some loose skin on my belly... I lost a couple of stone but my tummy never felt right. I had a course of those wraps that promise to loose you inches before my wedding and my skin felt alot tighter afterwards (could all be psycological of course because it wasn't really obviously bad).
    It might be worth a bash though if you've got some spare cash to try one periodically whilst you're loosing?
    I have to warn you if you do that it's pretty horiffic standing infront of the person doin it only wearing paper knickers!!!!
     
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    Arn't those warps only a short term thing though?
     
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    Oooh hula hooping sounds like a great idea!! :bunnydance:

    Exactly what I was thinking. There is an article on p105 of the new mag about the health benefits of weight loss.

    I am big, apple-shaped, very pale skinned, had 2 c sections. Kinda doomed skinwise, but would rather be healthy. I have the skin anyway, but would rather it was not filled with fat :)
     
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    To be fair I don't know the ins and outs of them... I know they wittered on about benefits to skin, moisturising and that so maybe it makes your skin healthier which would help? I'd say weightloss benefits are definately not permanent. Although I didn't try maintaining after my last wrap cos I became a gobbletron on honeymoon!
     
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    Christiana Mens sana in corpore sano

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    Before I started seriously losing weight, I admit I let the idea of this put me off for a looooooong time.

    But after considerable thought, I decided that whatever happens, happens. I know for a fact I will have loose skin (I started this with over 300lbs to lose :eek:), but I've made my peace with it. I've spoken with my GP, but of course he says nothing can be set in stone until I've actually got the saggy skin I'm afraid of, and by then, with the NHS cuts previously mentioned, it may not be possible at all.

    You know how I make myself feel better?

    I revel in the fact that I will be healthier and fitter.
    I trust that exercise and eating well will help at least a little.
    I concentrate on all the things I will be able to wear and do once I've completed the first part of this journey.

    I'll look into surgery when I get there, whether it's via the NHS or if it's financially possible for me to seek private treatment. Who knows? It might not be as bad as we anticipate. It certainly won't be worse than the threats posed by obesity.
     
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