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Excess body fat under skin

  1. Oct 21, 2005 #1
    I read here http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm that

    "Removing ALL EXCESS body fat under the skin will tighten it"

    Is this true?

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  3. Oct 21, 2005 #2


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    That site is complete nonsense. No, removing body fat will not tighten loose skin. In fact, people who lose extraordinary amounts of weight (such as with gastric bands) often need to have the excess loose skin surgically removed because there is just too much to bounce back on its own. That site sounds like a recipe for anorexia!
  4. Oct 22, 2005 #3
    If you're around 20, will loose skin bounce back on it's own? How long would that normally take? I have a little bit, and I'd like it gone, I think it's only a little bit, but I'm not sure how much loose skin there would need to be for it to be unable to bounce back on it's own
  5. Oct 23, 2005 #4


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    Perhaps the confusion comes with the ability of skin (if stretched) to enlarge or shrink but only if internally compressed. (see pregnancy)
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