Tighten Up Skin After Weight Loss

Once you've lost a significant amount of weight, you want the fight for a better, healthier, firmer body to be over, right? Right. Well unfortunately, as many who have won the battle of the bulge can attest, sometimes losing the weight is only the first step. Loose, baggy skin often lingers as a cruel reminder of your heavier self. When weight is lost and skin elasticity is poor, the skin can become very saggy.

"With age, the skin loses elasticity. When the skin is not elastic and able to 'stretch' and 'contract' it won't bounce back post-weight loss, leaving you with too much skin for your new body," says Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Randall Haworth, MD. Fortunately, minimally loose skin can be treated noninvasively to create new collagen. "When there's significantly loose skin, it needs to be surgically tightened, removing the excess. Surgery, however, doesn't improve the physical quality of the skin--we simply get rid of anything that's extra that may not be 'fitting' the body properly," says Orlando, FL, plastic surgeon Armando Soto, MD.

Have you lost a significant amount of weight? How did you treat the loose skin?

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