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Obesity Surgery: Perform toning exercises, drink plenty of water and hypocaloric liquids, consume proteins, use moisturizing creams and avoid prolonged sun exposure.
Considering that after bariatric surgery, patients achieve excellent weight loss, toning is one of the first measures to consider to avoid excess skin on the legs and other areas. Young patients with more excellent skin elasticity usually do not have this problem.
These exercises will help to tighten the skin and prevent sagging.
Some examples of leg toning exercises:
- Long stride alternating legs
- Simple squats or leaning back against the wall
- Getting up on a low chair or high step several times (stair climbing)
- Supine (lying down) leg raise
- And innumerable etcetera of exercises at home or on the street.
Drink Enough Hypocaloric Liquid
It is essential to be adequately hydrated to keep the skin smoother, so drinking water will help have a good size of the body’s cells.
You should drink water according to the body’s needs and increase its quantity when practising sports on a routine basis.
Avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages. If you consume these drinks, you will achieve the opposite hydration effect.
Consuming protein foods at lunch and dinner will help us have a good muscle tone and avoid sagging legs after losing weight.
Recommended protein foods: lean meats, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, yoghurt, cheese or soy derivatives.
A good supply of vitamins and minerals is essential to avoid dry skin. The best way to consume them is through vegetables, vegetables and fruits. In addition, they will help keep your skin hydrated.
Use Moisturizing Creams
Internal hydration with water intake is as important as external hydration with moisturizing creams.
From the first moment you start losing weight, we recommend using moisturizing creams in body areas at risk of sagging: the abdomen, legs, arms, buttocks, neck and breasts.
Avoid Prolonged Exposure to the Sun
Long-term exposure to the sun produces skin oxidation, which weakens the dermis’ fibres, makes the skin laxer, and leads it to wrinkle more. For this reason, it is reasonable not to abuse the sun and UVA rays and use sun protection properly.
Knowing these and other tricks from the beginning of the postoperative period is necessary since they allow a more controlled weight reduction and toning of skin and muscles. All this will result in a decrease in the problems derived from rapid weight loss.
How to Choose your Moisturizer Well
The skin’s hydration is essential for the correct functioning and to avoid sagging skin after bariatric surgery. Still, it has nothing to do with the amount of water applied but with a balance of the protein and fatty components of the epidermis (layer on top of the skin). To achieve this balance, it is unnecessary to buy costly products. Among the essential ingredients that a recommended moisturizer should contain, you will find:
Humectants: They retain or absorb water, for example, Glycerol, Urea, Alpha-hydroxy acid, and Lactic Acid.
Occlusive: They fill the cracks between the most superficial cells. However, if the skin excesses are significant, opting for a slightly occlusive cream such as the Neutrogena brand is more interesting. For example, Lanolin is used by Nivea, and Dove uses Petrolatum (or Vaseline), which is even more effective at preventing water loss. Other cheap and practical compounds are those derived from silicones.
Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
Emollients: In this group, among others, are some silicones and vegetable oils (palm, coconut). They need in cases of extreme dryness.
They will also carry some compounds for conservation, such as parabens. In the food industry, disproportionate alarms about these compounds appear in cosmetics. Parabens are a safe and cheap way to keep the product in good condition. Alternatives, such as essential oils, can make the product more expensive and negatively affect safety.
Obesity Surgery: Tips on Choosing Moisturizers
The best option is to buy your moisturizer from an authorized establishment, for example, a trusted pharmacy, where they can advise you in the most objective way possible.
Do not be guided by the denominations eco, natural, science, organic, free, or messages such as with natural ingredients. Companies use them erratically; the product must not be of more excellent value. And, of course, use your cream only in the area for its design, and respect the expiration date and the safe use date after opening.
What does the Law say About Advertising Moisturizers?
In 2013, Regulation 655/2013 publisher contained criteria that defended consumers’ safety and false advertising of this cream. Five years later, a further step has been taken, and an entity has been created to monitor better compliance with said regulation, whose function will be the collection, evaluation and monitoring of information on the unwanted effects observed as a consequence of the ordinary or reasonably foreseeable use of cosmetic products.
Side Effects of Bariatric Surgery
When diet and working out are not enough to lose weight, Obesity Surgery techniques are used, which generally consist of reducing the stomach volume to reduce appetite. Candidates for this type of intervention are usually people who are morbidly obese.
After this Obesity Surgery, weight loss can reach 60% of the weight. This way, people improve their self-esteem and reduce health risks. However, this intervention does not eliminate the problem.
The aesthetic aspect is usually a significant factor in people’s self-esteem who have lost weight but have not regained their figure. Such a pronounced weight loss results in excess skin that can cause considerable inconveniences for patients. However, this is not the only problem.
The excess skin accumulates, especially in the abdomen, thighs and arms, making movement difficult. In addition, fungi and other dermatological disorders can occur in the folds formed by the skin.
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