Loose skin is a common problem after major weight loss. Once you’ve given your body a chance to adjust to your new weight, you may want to consider body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck or breast lift.
In this post, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso discuss what to do if you have loose skin after weight loss.
Wait Until You Reach Your Target Weight
You shouldn’t consider body contouring if you still have more weight to lose. Ideally, you should stay at your target weight for at least 6 months before you think about plastic surgery.
Your skin may also shrink back some depending on the following factors:
- Your age
- How long you were overweight
- How quickly you lost the weight
- How much weight you lost
- Genetics, nutrition, and other factors
If you’ve been at your ideal weight for a while and still have excessive loose skin, you may be a good candidate for one or more body contouring procedures.
Note what areas of loose skin are causing you the most trouble. Loose skin isn’t just a cosmetic concern, as the excess skin can make it difficult to exercise or perform certain activities and also cause friction and irritation.
Several body contouring procedures are available to get rid of loose skin, including:
- A lower body lift to remove loose skin from the lateral hip and inner thighs
- A tummy tuck to remove excess skin from the abdominal area
- An arm lift for sagging skin along the upper arms
- A breast lift to remove loose skin and increase perkiness
Some of these procedures may be combined into a single operation to reduce your recovery time and give you a dramatic transformation. You can also choose to focus on a specific area if your concerns are more localized.
To learn more, request a body contouring consultation with ourboard-certified plastic surgeons. You should also be aware that any future weight fluctuations could compromise your body contouring results, so make sure you are committed to keeping your weight in check long-term.
Request your body contouring consultation at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center by calling us at (650) 964-6600 today.