Watch It Wiggle 

People ask me questions all the time about my weight loss and I welcome it. One of the biggest post surgery questions I receive is about loose skin. 

Yes, loose skin is definitely an issue after weight loss. As you gain weight your skin grows and stretches to accommodate the weight. You can get stretch marks from this skin stretching and for some people it doesn’t take too much to get stretch marks. 

As you lose weight your skin does begin to shrink as well, but for people who have lost a considerable amount of weight there will still be loose skin. I’ve heard people describe themselves as melted candles or deflating balloons. 

Sometimes, this extra skin becomes an issue because it can be uncomfortable or in the way. Beyond it not looking so great, and being something to work around, you can also be prone to skin infections. It varies for every person and severity of the issues with loose skin cannot be predicted. 

I’ve seen many people say that because of the skin they wish they never had surgery. That is where I absolutely disagree. The skin issue can be annoying for sure but I’ll take my current arm jiggle any day over the size of my arms in 2014! 

Another barrier to this issue is that plastic surgery for skin removal is largely considered cosmetic. Over the years, insurance companies have been better about approving abdominal skin removal but arms and legs are still considered cosmetic and ineligible for insurance coverage. 

The cost of elective, cosmetic surgery is very high so many people opt for the medical tourism route and have these procedures in Mexico, Costa Rica, or South Korea for a fraction of the cost. It works out bettter financially even if you add in the cost of the flight and accommodations. Many people have fared well doing this but many more have had improper and unregulated surgery, were just completely swindled, and many have died. Medical tourism is a booming industry but with next to no regulation and with these risks many people just learn to embrace their jiggle. 

After 150 lbs Loss
After 250 lb Loss

I tend to wear most shirts and dresses that have sleeves to my elbows. It feels more comfortable and keeps my arm skin in check. Some days I wish I felt more comfortable in a sleeveless shirt but until that time I’ll just watch it wiggle and know that it’s a sign of how far I’ve come.

How are you handling your loose skin?

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

5 thoughts on “Watch It Wiggle ”

  1. Oh my goodness, you look AMAZING. Your story is truly incredible, I love how instead of letting the “jiggle” consume you, you have learned to embrace it and use it as a reminder of your remarkable progress. I am with you on the international surgery, the horror stories make it so not worth it. I’ll take jiggle over one of these disasters or being overweight any day! Congratulations on your progress, it’s so inspiring!
    xo Alexis

  2. Great post! I had gastric bypass surgery 1 1/2 years ago and have lost over 150 lbs. I still have more to go. I too have excess skin and am quite open about it as I go through my journey. No shame. I consider it one of life’s scars and everyone has some.

    1. Hello! I’m going through my older posts and I just wanted to check in on your progress! How are you doing now with more time out from your surgery? Feel free to reach out!

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