Earlier this week they talked about weightloss and all the loose skin that can be left afterwards and whether NHS should pay for the removal of it following gastric bypass as a part of treatment.

Then there were questions, what about those who actually lose the weight on their own.

What do people think about this subject in general?

Also, what other alternatives are there to deal with the loose skin? Slower weightloss helps the skin shrink back gradually as one loses weight but as we are getting older and the skin loses its elasticity, it's not all going to shrink back to way it was.

Nobody ever talks about this. Probably because it would put people off from wanting to lose the weight in the first place. 

Are there any other options but surgery?

I know that by building muscle, something happens in the collagen ratio and it actually helps the process but not sure how that works in theory.



  • my problem is all the exccess skin created from being pregnant - although I have lost all the weight my belly is left lloking like a relief map of some mountainous region and really saggy. It is horrible, but then I don't think I would want surgery because of the problems that can cause 

  • Elli don't ask they are looking for what to put in Tesco burgers since the horse issue
  • Elli - I have this problem. I lost 10 stone through running and diet and have kept it off for 7 years. But (and there's no other way to say this) my body still looks hideous.

    I try not to let it bother me. It is my fault for becoming obese in the first place. I'd like to be able to take my shirt off on the beach etc but there you have it. I can't. Although I am a decent runner, I am even reluctant to run during the day because I still wobble.

    There are creams you can put on, and muscle work/training can help a little but, from what I can see/what doctors have told me, surgery is really the only way. That and getting fat again.


  • I'm in this exact boat right now having lost 5 stone since my max weight over the years, and weighing up the options. I could probably afford to have it done privately but really it's a shitload of money for not much gain - I'm not going to get any modelling work any time soon. But I would like to get rid of it.

  • four stone in each pregnancyimage yes, ate too much, but there we go, it is done now, and my belly was covered in stretch marks - I think it is the stretch marks actually that have caused the problem rather than the excess skin, as it is more of a wrinkly puckered nature than just hanging loose skin

  • David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

    David Falconer has spoken.


    But what about David Falconer 3 ?

  • that is a bit black and white - how about that fact that the nhs pays for IVF treatment?

  • Viagra on the NHS ?
  • David falconer for prime minister?
  • I can think of thousands of women who would disagree DF3
  • What about DF3 tho Ja5on ?
  • They might not want to benefit !

    Keep trying to nick some from my wives bag, but she hides them for some reason
  • On a more serious note, this may upset a few people!

    If you think the NHS should pay for excess flab, then that's wrong!

    You got yourself in that situation in the first place, ie over eating! Then why should you have the free tummy tuck just because you have achieved something you really didn't need to do on the first place!!

    The NHS is wasting millions on overweight issues!

    There's only one person to blame! And quite frankly you should have to suffer because its your own fault!
  • It's an interesting question...we have a client who was very overwweight...he was told by his doctor that he could get a gastric band on the NHS and then the subsequent tummy tuck if necessary.  That sort of lit a fire in him and he said that he would do it by himself.  Through sheer bloody hard work and determination he lost 13 stone (THIRTEEN STONE!!)  and as you can guess he has lots of loose skin.

    He has been told in no uncertain terms that he will NOT be eligiable to the tummy tuck on the NHS!  Hes's fought for a couple of years now and there's no budging them!

  • I think he's in a very low paying job DF3...I think some people see it as a unsurmountable amount of money to put aside...image

  • gingerfurball wrote (see)

    I think he's in a very low paying job DF3...I think some people see it as a unsurmountable amount of money to put aside...image

    He had enough money to eat crap and get fat

  • Aye true...he'll probably live longer now anyway image

  • even less acceptable are people who have breast implants on the NHS.

    but a question: those who say its self inflicted and so you should not get treatment, how do you feel about people with sports injuries, if you tear a muscle or break an ankle out running, i assume you dont go to a private doctor and just use the NHS like everyone else. its just as self inflicted. i know someone who broke his back on a motocross bike, should he not be treated? it was his choice to do a stunt. he regrets that for the rest of his life, he'll probably never walk again, he did it to himself, but surly he should get help from the nhs?

    the problm with labeling it "self inflicted" is that who and what does that include. 

  • Horse riders. Bloody dangerous horse riding, lots of folks break bits of themselves horse riding out in the middle of nowhere and need air ambulance, emergency treatment and lost of medical attention generally. All free.

  • But if they fall of a horse, couldn't you sell the horse for Tesco's burgers to off set the cost of the air ambulance ?
  • There is a difference between having an accident and allowing yourself to balloon in weight.

    The sign on the door is Accident and Emergency. Not Accident, Emergency and fat bastards.

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