Losing weight should be a cause for celebration. However, for those who have lost a significant amount of weight, they may be left with unsightly excess skin. Not only can sagging skin affect your confidence, but it can also prove to be uncomfortable. The good news is there are ways to eliminate loose skin after weight loss.
Here, you’ll discover why loose skin occurs after losing weight, and the treatments that can help eliminate it.
What causes loose skin after weight loss?
There are several reasons you could be left with a lot of loose skin after weight loss. These include:
- Losing weight quickly
- Gradual weight gain
- Aging skin
Those who experience significant weight loss are more at risk of having leftover loose skin. Around 70% of people who have bariatric surgery are left with loose skin. When you lose weight too quickly, it doesn’t give the skin a chance to contract back into place. Generally speaking, those who lose between 40-100 pounds can expect some level of loose skin.
Similarly, when you gain weight gradually, it can cause issues with skin elasticity. Your weight gain can ultimately push the skin past its stretching limit. This means when you lose weight, the skin isn’t able to snap back into place.
Finally, aging skin can also contribute. As the skin ages, it loses its elasticity. So, younger people may find they don’t develop the same level of excess skin as older adults.
What procedures can help?
Regardless of the cause, there are treatments you can undergo to help remove excess skin. The two most popular and effective options include abdominoplasty and liposuction.
Abdominoplasty – Abdominoplasty is highly effective at getting rid of loose skin around the abdomen. It removes excess skin while tightening up the abdominal area. The surgical procedure does require a long recovery process, but it does produce excellent results.
Liposuction – Lipo is a good option for removing stubborn pockets of fat and toning up the area. This in turn can help to tighten up loose skin. This procedure will only work for those who have minimal loose skin. Liposuction alone does not remove excess skin.
You can talk to the surgeon about which procedure is right for you.
Will my loose skin rectify itself?
Unfortunately, the majority of the time loose skin left behind after weight loss does not correct itself. By exercising and building up the muscle with strength work, you can help the skin to become tighter again. However, the most effective way to eliminate loose skin after weight loss is by having surgical treatment.
You can book a consultation with Mr Tulley today to determine the best procedure to help you combat loose skin.