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MuscleMilk 04-07-2010 07:39 PM

Question, muscle gain after body lift?
I wasn't sure where to ask this so I put it under tummy tuck.

After going from 287 lbs to to 170 I've realized that I'm never going to look the way I want without the help of surgery due to the fact that I have loose skin on my belly abdomen and buttock, my question is, should I try to gain muscle before or after a body lift? I'm unsure how much muscle I want to put on, but it could be up to 20lbs

I have yet to see this question asked

I'm vary serious about my health and athleticism now so I'm confident I can keep my body competition persistent. I don't know how the skin would react to the addition of that much muscle, or the cycle it would take to put on that much muscle,

if anyone has the answer or could direct me to someone who mite I would be greatly appreciative thanks.

la_angel 04-11-2010 03:34 PM

Welcome to the forum :)

Well, I'm no expert on body lift surgery, but I would guess that there would be pros and cons of both approaches...

If you got the body lift and then went straight into building muscle after, that could cause the scar tissue to stretch. If you go the body lift after gaining muscle, your skin should "fit" but if you lost that muscle (like when you're older) then you may be left with more extra skin. I guess you should ask a plastic surgeon to find out for sure, but then again some may try and push surgery now rather than later for financial reasons.

robyne00 04-11-2010 04:10 PM

You would be better off gaining the muscle prior to surgery.

MuscleMilk 04-11-2010 05:20 PM

Thank you vary much for the responses.

I figured the same thing, the last thing I want are more stretch marks, I have too many as is, I guess it really comes down to do I want sagging skin or do I want stretch marks, meh.. thanks for the info.

robyne00 04-11-2010 06:36 PM

You're very welcome and welcome to the forum!!! :)

If you gained the muscle post full body lift you would not only get stretch marks, but your muscle mass would appear to be unevenly distributed, and it might result in sagging/excess skin in some areas of your torso. You will also have less loose (not necessarily less sagging) skin prior to surgery if you gain the muscle prior to the procedure. This is a very expensive procedure, so make sure your weight has been stabilized for some time.

Good luck and keep us posted!!! :D

la_angel 04-20-2010 01:30 PM

Stretch marks a tough to get rid of :(

I would like to add some good news... whenever there is a body lift the plastic surgeon will usually try and remove as much of the stretch marks as possible, through the skin they remove, so you may be able to get rid of a lot of them quite easily through your surgery :)

jessicalouis 06-23-2012 09:33 AM

Muscles require a lot of energy from you in order to function and grow, and it is this energy-hungry tendency that makes gaining muscle mass a powerful weight loss tool. Assume, for a moment, that you do not do any weight lifting, and that you have a fairly stable amount of muscle mass throughout your body.swimming

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