Posted on: 7 August 2015
If you have lost a ton of weight through gastric bypass surgery or a duodenal switch, chances are good that you lost the weight quickly and now have a lot of loose skin that gathers around the areas where you used to store fat. This extra skin can be frustrating and embarrassing to deal with. However, you might not have the money for surgery to put all of the loose skin back. Here are some steps that you can take in order to make sure that your loose skin tightens as much as possible without having to resort to surgery.
1. Drink a Lot of Water
The first step is to restore hydration to your skin. You should be drinking the recommended amount of water for a person of your age and size. Do some research to figure out how much water you should be drinking. The reason why you want to drink water is to restore the elasticity to your skin. If you do not restore the elasticity to your skin, then it will continue to hang around the areas where you lost weight and will be very difficult to recover. If your skin is not tightening fast enough for your preferences, consider drinking one or two more eight-ounce glasses of water than you actually need to drink a day.
2. Eat Foods With Collagen
The next step is to increase the number of foods you eat that have a lot of collagen. You need collagen to improve the health of your skin and make sure that it is able to slowly spring back into place. Foods with collagen include red vegetables, such as peppers, dark green vegetables, such as spinach, orange vegetables, such as carrots, and berries such as raspberries and blueberries.
Finally, make sure that you are exfoliating regularly in order to remove dead skin cells. This will help your skin start to look better because it will uncover the new skin that is underneath. It will also help restore circulation to your skin and, therefore, increase its elasticity, encouraging it to move back, closer to your body.
If you have lost weight through a medical weight loss surgery like a duodenal switch, it's likely that you'll need some form of surgery to tighten up your skin. However, you can try these tips in the meantime to make sure that your skin looks as good as possible until you are able to afford the surgery.Share