Whether your body’s extra skin is due to significant weight loss or the aging process, it can be discouraging to try and dress well and look your best. You might also feel like people are looking at you, noticing your extra skin. Any excess skin on the face, arms, neck, legs or stomach can be frustrating. You do have several treatment options.
Firm and tone the excess skin through exercise. Loose flabby skin can be caused by a lack of muscle tone. Performing regular exercises that target the body areas where the loose skin is located can help redefine the underlying muscle tone.
Apply anti-aging creams that contain tretinoin, which is derived from Vitamin A, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Livestrong website reports that tretinoin works by stimulating the growth of elastin and collagen.
Use products containing copper peptides. According to the Mayo Clinic, such products include copper, which is found naturally in each cell in trace quantities. In anti-aging creams, the copper is combined with peptides (protein fragments) and stimulates the production of collagen, which is essential for youthful, firm skin.
Schedule a lift. Whether your excess skin is on your face, neck, legs or arms, a surgical lift to remove the excess skin is available. The Mayo Clinic reports the benefits of removing extra skin surgically can last for years. Speak with your surgeon about surgery risks and cost vs. benefits.
Have an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to reduce extra skin on your stomach. Significant weight gain or pregnancy can cause the connective tissue in the abdomen to stretch and sag across the stomach. According to the Mayo Clinic, a tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia and can take up to three hours to complete. Recovery is painful and treated while in the hospital with intravenous narcotic pain medications.
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