What to Do about Loose Skin after Weight Loss

If you have lost a significant amount of weight with bariatric surgery or healthy lifestyle habits, you may be dismayed to find that you are left with folds of loose, stretched-out skin that conceals the smaller body shape you worked so hard to achieve. This is a very difficult reality for many people that lose a lot of weight, especially if the weight loss occurs within a relatively short period of time.

Not only is this skin an aesthetic concern, but it can make it hard to find clothing that fits well or flatters your physique. From a health and functional perspective, loose skin can be difficult to clean or keep dry. You may find yourself prone to infections or rashes. The weight of the skin may make it difficult for you to exercise and stay active. And emotionally, the loose skin may be an uncomfortable reminder of your former self. You may not feel as though you can truly celebrate your achievements.

But with the help of our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rafael Cabrera, you can overcome these obstacles. His surgical expertise makes it possible for you to achieve more attractive curves and contours, improved personal comfort and a greater sense of self-confidence.

Eliminating Loose Skin with Plastic Surgery

When the skin has stretched dramatically due to weight fluctuations, no amount of diet or exercise can help it contract. Plastic surgery is the most effective and lasting way to eliminate loose skin and improve the overall tone of your body so you can enjoy your weight loss results.

There are several types of post-bariatric body contouring that may benefit you.

Tummy tuck can effectively tighten and tone the midsection. During the procedure, Dr. Cabrera removes excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and re-drapes the remaining skin smoothly over the abdomen.

Breast lift is a great tool for women with saggy, “deflated”-looking breasts and downward pointing nipples. Dr. Cabrera eliminates excess breast skin, reshapes the breast tissue in a more youthful position higher on the chest and repositions the nipple-areolar complex higher on the breast mound. He can also place implants to add shape and volume if desired.

Thigh lift involves trimming loose, wrinkly skin from the upper thighs and tightening the underlying tissues to create smoother, more toned-looking legs.

With arm lift, Dr. Cabrera can eliminate folds of loose skin that sag off the upper arms, and tighten the tissues for a slimmer and more elegant-looking arm contour.

As long as you are in good health, can maintain a stable weight and have reasonable expectations of treatment, you are likely a suitable candidate for body contouring. To discuss your candidacy with Dr. Cabrera, please contact the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton today.

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