Everybody knows that excess weight and obesity are national health problems, and we should find ways to encourage people to keep themselves at a healthy weight. But curing obesity can bring its own health issues, namely, loose skin. Is Cryoskin 3.0 a help for loose skin? I looked into it this week, and I wanted to share with you what I found.
I’m not saying that loose skin is as much a health risk as obesity. We know you’ll probably die sooner if you’re obese. Loose skin, on the other hand, is mostly a cosmetic issue. But I would argue that self-image is an important part of health. And loose skin also poses risks for rashes and even yeast infections. So it is definitely a health problem as well.
Skin Can Stretch Out of Shape
If you’ve been overweight more than a year or so, then losing say, 50 or 60 pounds can put you at risk of having loose skin. Skin is like any other material. If you stretch it out for too long a time, it loses some of its elasticity. This is especially a problem for older people, whose skin tends to lose some of its elasticity anyway. There are no drugs or topical medications that tighten loose skin. Surgery is the only effective way to tighten the skin after a major weight loss. But surgery is expensive and it can be risky. Most surgeons won’t even agree to loose skin removal until you’ve kept your excess weight off for six months or more.
But what if your weight loss is more modest? What if you’ve only lost, say 15 or 20 pounds? In that case, you won’t have such a substantial quantity of loose skin to deal with. There may be nonsurgical steps you can take.
Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
One thing you can try is weight training. If you bulk up the muscles beneath the skin, it may give the skin a more taut appearance. Increasing muscle bulk will increase your weight, since muscle is heavier than fat. But it may result in a look you find more attractive. And bigger, stronger muscles can be advantageous in other ways, too. You’ll be less prone to injury in accidents, and you won’t always need to look for help when moving furniture.
The other nonsurgical technique worth trying is Cryoskin 3.0. I haven’t been able to find any clinical or research reports on cryotherapy (of which Cryoskin is a type) and loose skin. But cryotherapy improves microcirculation and promotes collagen production. Collagen is the material in the middle layer of your skin that gives it elasticity. More collagen equals more elasticity.
Cryoskin 3.0 for Loose Skin
A Google search for “cryoskin for loose skin” yields 13,000 hits, including this Youtube video by a young mother who claims to have lost an inch from her waist in one Cryoskin session. That young woman’s lost inch is not the result of fat loss. As I explained in this blog post a year ago, it takes about 15 days to lose fat as a result of a cryoskin session. That’s how long it takes your lymphatic system to flush out the dead fat cells. When you see immediate results after one session, it’s the result of the toning that cryoskin causes by promoting collagen production.
To some extent, this toning effect can help to improve the appearance of loose skin, provided there’s not too much of it. Often, the effect is dramatic, as you can see in the before-and-after photos on the Cryoskin website.
So if you have loose skin as a result of weight loss, or even as a result of age, you can improve your appearance (at least as much as you see in the Cryoskin before-and-after photos) with one or more Cryoskin 3.0 sessions. Book some today.