If you’re looking to achieve natural collagen skin tightening, read on to the bottom of this article. Losing a lot of weight after losing weight is an impressive performance that significantly reduces the risk of illness. However, people who achieve substantial weight loss often have a lot of loose skin, which can adversely affect the appearance and quality of life. This article analyzes what causes loose skin after losing weight. It also provides information on natural and medical solutions that can help tighten and remove loose skin.
What causes loose skin after losing weight or lipo?
The skin is the largest organ in the body and forms a protective barrier against the environment. The innermost layer of the skin is protein, including collagen and elastin.
Collagen represents 80% of the skin’s texture, provides firmness and strength. Elastin provides elasticity and helps the skin stay tight During weight gain, the skin expands to lead to further growth in the abdomen and other parts of the body.
Pregnancy is an example of this expansion. Skin tightening during pregnancy occurs over a few months and expanded skin usually repairs within months of the baby’s birth.
Most people who are overweight and overweight bear extra weight for years and often start from childhood or adolescence. If the skin has stretched clearly and remains so longer, collagen and elastin fibres are damaged.
As a result, they lose part of their ability to contract once we lose weight. So when someone loses a lot of weight, excess skin depends on the body and our lifestyle. The higher the weight loss, the more pronounced the effect of loose skin. In addition, researchers report that patients undergoing weight-loss surgery form less new collagen and that the composition is lower than collagen in young and healthy skin.
Stretched skin during significant weight gain often loses its ability to recede after weight loss, as collagen, elastin and other components responsible for elasticity are damaged.
Factors that affect skin elasticity
Several factors contribute to loosening skin after weight loss:
The longer you are overweight or obese, the looser your skin will be after losing weight because of loss of elastin and collagen.
Weight loss: Weight loss of around 46 kg (100 lbs) results in a greater amount of falling skin than a more modest weight loss.
Age: Older skin has less collagen than younger skin and is looser after weight loss
Genetics: Genes can influence how your skin reacts to weight gain and loss.
Sun exposure: they have proven Chronic sun exposure to reduce collagen and elastin production in the skin, which can contribute to loosening skin
Smoking: Smoking results in reduced collagen production and damage to existing collagen, resulting in loose, sagging skin
Problems associated with excess loose skin
Loose skin because of massive weight loss can cause physical and emotional problems:
Physical discomfort: Excess skin can be unpleasant and harm normal activity. A study involving 360 adults found that this problem was more common in people who lost 50 kg (110 lbs) or more.
Decrease in physical activity: In a study involving 26 women, 76% reported that their loose skin restricted movement mobility. In addition, 45% said they had stopped training altogether because their fluttering skin caused people to stare.
Skin irritation and breakdown: A study revealed that out of 124 people who requested plastic skinlift surgery after weight-loss surgery, 44% had reported skin pain, ulcers or infections due to lose skin.
Bad body image: Loose skin due to weight loss may have negative effects on body image and mood.
Natural remedies for achieving collagen skin tightening
The following natural remedies can improve skin strength and elasticity to some extent in people who have lost small or moderate amounts of weight.
Perform resistance training
Participation in regular strength training exercises is one of the most effective ways to build muscle mass in both young and older adults. Besides burning more calories, an increase in muscle mass can also help improve the appearance of loose skin.
Taking hydrolyzed collagen
Collagen is very similar to gelatin. It is a processed form of collagen found in the connective tissue of animals. Although it has not been tested on people with loose skin for severe weight loss, studies suggest that collagen hydrolysate may have a protective effect on skin collagen.
In a controlled study, collagen strength increased significantly after four weeks of collagen peptide supplementation, and this effect was maintained during the 12-week study.
Collagen hydrolysate is also known as hydrolyzed collagen. It comes in powder form and can be purchased in natural food stores or online. Another popular source of collagen is bone broth, which also offers other health benefits.
Consuming certain nutrients and staying hydrated
Certain nutrients are important for the production of collagen and other components of healthy skin:
Protein: Enough protein is essential for healthy skin, and amino acids lysine and proline play a direct role in collagen production. Vitamin C supplements: we need Vitamin C for collagen synthesis and also helps protect the skin from sun damage.
Omega-3 fatty acids: A small study found that omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish can help increase skin elasticity.
Water: Staying well hydrated can improve the appearance of the skin. One study revealed that women who increased their daily water intake showed significant improvements in hydration and skin function.
Using skincare firming creams: Many “firming” creams contain collagen and elastin ingredients. Although this cream may temporarily increase skin stiffness, collagen and elastin molecules are too large to be absorbed into the skin. In general, collagen should be produced from the inside out.
More formal ways of achieving collagen skin tightening
Usually, medical or surgical treatments are necessary to tighten loose skin after significant weight loss.
Body Contouring Cosmetic Surgery
People who have lost a significant amount of weight through bariatric surgery or other weight loss methods often request surgery to remove excess skin. On body contouring, a large cut is made and excess skin and fat are removed. The cut is stitched with fine stitches to minimize scarring.
Specific body contouring operations include:
*Abdominoplasty (abdominoplasty): removal of skin from the abdomen.
*Lower body lift: Remove skin from the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs.
*Upper body lift: removal of the skin of the sinuses and back
*Medial thigh lift: removal of the skin from the inner and outer thighs.
*Brachioplasty (arm lift): Removing the skin from the upper arms.
Usually, several operations are performed on different parts of the body over one to two years after severe weight loss.
The recovery time at home is usually two to four weeks minimum. There may also be some complications in surgery, such as bleeding and infection. That said, most studies have shown that body contouring improves the quality of life in people who are overweight. However, one study reported that people who underwent the procedure decreased a certain quality of life. If you would like to have this surgery, we always recommend the surgeons we work with as they are reputable and have specialisms withing their own field. For instance if you’re looking for vaser liposuction, Dr Mike Comins is a specialist in this. There’s others in London’s Harley Street who have different specialities.
Alternative to medical procedures — RF Therapy
Although body contouring is by far the most common procedure for removing loose skin, there are also less invasive options with a lower risk of complications:
ProMax Lipo: This system uses a combination of infrared light, radiofrequency and massage to increase collagen in our body and encourage natural skin tightening. It also has the other effect of reducing fat naturally by encouraging our body to eliminate fat through our lymphatic system. In one study, this resulted in significant loss of abdominal and arm skin in overweight adults.
Book your treatment now. You also have the option to tie radio frequency skin tightening in with other complementary therapies that will give you enhanced results, faster. You can add in our state of the art micro needlingMicroneedling with electroporation and also if you choose, you could also layer iPRF on top too for some truly stunning results.