Weight loss surgery can have a tremendously beneficial effect on overall health and well-being. For many people, it is lifesaving.
However, you may not anticipate the appearance of your skin after major weight loss. Skin tissue may not shrink back into place after weight loss. This extra skin may look unsightly and can even become a health and hygiene issue if moisture is trapped in the folds of skin, causing recurring rashes and skin infections.
The amount of excess skin, especially in the abdominal area, depends on many factors:
- The amount of weight lost. The more weight lost, the more excess skin.
- Your age. Younger patients may have better elasticity in their skin than older patients.
- Exercise. Some people notice less excess skin if they do aggressive abdominal exercises to help tone those areas.
- Genetics. Some people have a greater tendency toward loose skin.
There are safe and effective cosmetic surgery procedures that can remove the excess skin left behind after significant weight loss. Here are some important things to know.