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How Do I Get Rid of Extra Skin After Weight Loss?

I'm 15 and I've been overweight pretty much all my life. This past year I lost 50 pounds and I have some extra skin on my body because I was big for so long. It's been tightening up (but really slowly) because I'm still young. But is there anything I can do to speed it up? I already work out (cardio) every other day. I just want to know what will speed up the process.
- Misha*

Congratulations on losing the extra weight!

Losing a lot of weight can leave a person with saggy skin, especially if weight comes off quickly. As you said, being young is definitely in your favor. It may just take a little more time for your body to readjust.

Working out like you're doing is a great way to care for your body. Regular exercise, including cardio and strength training, will help you maintain your weight and tone your body. It's also the best thing you can do right now for the look of your skin.

You should keep seeing improvement, but you'll need to give it time. Some people who lose very large amounts of weight (100 pounds or more) may consider plastic surgery after they've kept the weight off for a while.

The best thing you can do right now is talk to your doctor. He or she can suggest options that are right for you. It often takes time to get used to a new body, both physically and emotionally.

In addition to talking to your doctor, continue taking good care of yourself: Eating right, getting exercise, and moisturizing your skin daily can help you look and feel good.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: September 2014

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.