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Dealing With Loose Skin After Weight Loss Surgery

Are you interested in weight loss surgery but worry too much about the excess skin as a result from the surgery? Many people lose so much weight during weight loss surgery, that they end up with sagging skin. Because the skin doesn’t dissolve naturally, most patients are left with excess skin and have said that their skin feels even looser than before the surgery. When you gain weight, the skin is expanding around the new mass. When you shred fat, usually the skin lacks the necessary elasticity to shrink back down again. In this article we’ll discuss how to deal with it!

Consequences of excess skin

It’s important to understand the problems that can be caused by loose skin. Having excess skin can cause rashes and chafing. The continuous rubbing motion against other parts of the body tears the epidermis (top layer of your skin), which then leaves you with irritation.

Excess and loose skin can also result increase the chance of infections. Loose skin is much harder to clean. The chafing causes the top layer of your skin to tear, making it easier for infections to penetrate your body. Excess skin leaves you exposed. The primary areas of the body where people have said to experience chafing is in the thighs, underarms, stomach or groin. However, it can vary greatly from person to person. It can basically occur anywhere there is loose skin.

How do I get rid of excess skin?

If you’re worried about loose skin after cosmetic surgery, I’d like to provide you the comfort of knowing that there are ways to minimize excess skin.

Cosmetic surgery

After weight loss surgery, it is expected that you’ll end up with excess skin no matter how hard you exercise and diet. The elasticity of the skin has disappeared. Therefore, it is realistic to expect that you’ll have some excess skin. While some may be completely fine with this, others worry greatly about the appearance that may create. There’s no need for concern. Cosmetic surgery can be a valuable solution to remove excess skin after weight loss surgery. About two-thirds of bariatric surgery patients said to have an improved appearance after undergoing cosmetic surgery to remove loose skin.

Cosmetic surgery removes loose skin and fat from your body, creating a more natural and fit physique. One of the most common cosmetic surgeries for this is a tummy tuck. Cosmetic surgeries often do leave scars, but a professional surgeon can conceal these scars so that they’re not visible. If you’re interested in seeing before-and-after photos on patients who’ve had abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), click here.

Timing is of the utmost importance when you’re considering cosmetic surgery. Your body needs time to stabilize its weight before you can have cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin and fat. Otherwise, you are likely to develop new excess skin and you’ll need additional surgery to remove that skin. Medical professionals report that if you’re bodyweight has been stable for 6 months, it can be a proper time to consider abdominoplasty.


After weight loss surgery, nutrition is essential in one’s recovery. A protein-based diet can help you keep off weight, build and retain lean muscle mass and have a positive influence on your mindset. To a certain degree it may even help to minimize sagging skin.

The excess skin simply has no ‘mass’ under it, so it sags. Losing fat is great, but in parallel losing muscle is not doing you any favors. By having a protein-based diet, you’re offering the body the nutrition it needs to build lean muscle mass which then can ‘fill out’ your loose skin. This can result in a healthier and fitter appearance, with a lesser excess of skin.

Vitamins are also important to preserve skin elasticity after weight loss surgery. Usually, the skin has been stretched out to far beyond the point of where elasticity can recover, so you’ll need all the vitamins you can get to retain the elasticity that still exists. Vitamin A, B, C, E and K are all beneficial for skin health. Also, make sure you drink enough water. It makes your skin healthier and more elastic.


In addition to having a protein-based diet, you also need to exercise to stimulate muscle growth. This muscle can then ‘fill out’ the skin, which creates a stronger physique and healthier appearance. By regular exercising and combining it with a protein-based diet, you’ll feel and look better!

The decision of ‘should I or should I not take cosmetic surgery?’ is a difficult one. Many people struggle with worries and think about the permanent consequences they can suffer from it. But are they really permanent? I hope that by reading this article you’ve become more knowledgeable and know that there are many options you can explore to minimize loose skin after cosmetic surgery. Find out more information about cosmetic surgery!

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