How to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss

By January 9, 2017Skin

Losing weight feels great. You feel more comfortable in your skin as you start to shed the pounds. You feel all-around healthier, and it’s a lot easier to get motivated to go to the gym and eat right when you start to see real results. Unfortunately, though, after significant weight loss, our skin doesn’t always snap right back. In fact, most people who go through this process experience sagging, loose skin after weight loss. So, if you’re wondering when your skin will catch up to your weight loss program, you should know that you’re not alone. You should also know that there are actually things you can do (besides surgery) to get your skin to shrink and tighten again.

Understanding Loose Skin

Before we get into the best methods for tightening loose skin after weight loss, it’s important to understand why your skin doesn’t always shrink while you lose weight. As you’ve gained weight, the elastins in your skin have been stretched, and your skin has adjusted to its new size. When you lose weight quickly, you don’t give your skin’s elastins time to shrink back into place. Furthermore, depending on how much weight you’ve lost, your skin may have stretched to the point that it cannot tighten up again on its own.

Furthermore, as we get older, our bodies stop producing as much collagen, and our skin becomes less elastic. This means that when it stretches, it does not tend to shrink back again as easily. The same mechanisms are in play here as when you start to see your eyelids drooping or the skin around your jaw bone sagging. Over time, through movement, weight gain, and weight loss, that skin has lost its elasticity. So how can you help it? Here are a few great treatments.

Radio Frequency Treatments

At Juvia Med Spa, we have RF (Radio Frequency) equipment that allows us to focus a specific frequency on affected areas of your body. This frequency will increase the heat in the affected areas, and it will stimulate collagen and elastin production. This will help tighten your loose skin over time, and you will notice much faster results than if you just waited for your skin to shrink. We also offer similar treatments that use cold therapy or infrared light to get similar effects. The best option for you will depend on your skin and your goals.

Supplement Your Skin

You can also promote more collagen production by using specific, effective skin creams and products containing the vitamins and nutrients that your skin needs to heal. We have a number of great products that you can use daily to see significant results and improve the tightness of your skin.

Eat a Healthy Diet and Drink Lots of Water

Finally, while you’re considering the treatments and products available to help your skin shrink and tighten, remember to stay hydrated and to eat foods with plenty of vitamins and nutrients. The better your body is fueled, the faster it can heal. And, if you need help with maintaining your weight, Juvia Med Spa offers medical weight loss management, including dietary advice and other support, as well.

For more info on tightening your skin and getting the body you’ve always dreamed of, call us at Juvia Med Spa today at 817-427-3700.