This is a question that many large people, including myself, have asked our doctors. Just yesterday in fact I asked yet again and the answer was the most unsatisfying “let’s cross that bridge when we get there”. I’m a science oriented guy so I prefer the numbers rather than the English generalizations. I want to know now so that I can take steps as I lose the body fat and weight to ensure my skin shrinks up as much as possible and preferably so that I don’t require surgery to remove any.
Jon Calvo went from 340 pounds to 150 pounds for a 190 pound loss and had success shrinking his skin. My Dec 2013 body mass was 351 pounds, so I’m possibly in a similar boat with skin loss.
“My name is Jon Calvo. I first moved to Seoul, Korea in 2003, and I have been a member of the USAG Yongsan community for about 9 years on-and-off. I was a big guy all my life, and on April 2010, I reached my highest weight of 340 pounds. On May 16, 2010 I began my journey to health and wellness over YouTube. At that time, I was not sure of the how and why, but I was sure of the when. I knew that at 330.4 pounds and 5’5″, I had to make a change. Three years later, on April 12, 2013, I finished my weight loss journey at 150 pounds and the 6 percent body fat range. In those three years, I have lost 190 pounds and 26-inches on my waist; going from 5XL shirts to a size small. To this day, I still hold onto my favorite shirt and size-56 shorts as a reminder of where I have been.”
Robert Dave Johnston has this to say in his interesting article on the topic of skin loss after losing weight:
While all of these tips I have given you can help, nobody can give you full assurance that ALL of your skin will tighten. But regular exercise, nutrition and overall healthy-living – without a doubt – can stack the deck in your favor. If you find that MOST of the loose skin after weight loss has tightened, then you will have to decide if that is something you are willing to accept.
My suggestion is: GIVE IT TIME. Continue to focus on losing fat and chances are good that the loose skin after weight loss will tighten. I have seen various cases where skin tightened almost completely after one-to-two years via sustained cardio, weight training and a low-fat diet.
If, however, you’re evaluating the possibility of skin-removal surgery, I implore you to PLEASE go to your doctor and ask him or her for input. Skin removal is a MAJOR surgery with a very painful and long recovery process. You don’t want to follow through with this procedure (and pay for a plastic surgeon’s European vacation) without being TOTALLY sure that surgery is necessary. Any type of invasive surgery should ALWAYS be done ONLY as a very last resort.”
Sage words of advice.
My target, tight skin naturally, lean as heck, brawny muscular, shredded, and well under 10% body fat, no tats: