Eliminating Excess Skin After Major Weight Loss

After losing large amounts of weight, the excess skin that remains can be physically and emotionally problematic. No matter how toned you've become underneath, the loose skin may prevent you from wearing normal clothing or feeling comfortable in intimate situations. Severe cases of excess skin can even lead to irritation, rashes and discomfort.

In these instances, bodylift surgery is the only recourse, essentially trimming the excess skin so it conforms to your body's new contours. An experienced surgeon knows that skin-reducing reconstruction surgery must be custom-designed for each patient, and there are many methods the doctor can choose from.

Body contouring is usually performed in stages, so it can also be limited to specific areas of the body (breasts, arms, stomach, thighs, buttocks, etc.), or it can address multiple regions as with the circumferential bodylift, which can remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the middle abdomen to thighs, as well as tighten muscles in the abdomen wall, in one or two stages.

Before you consider body-contouring surgery after massive weight loss, you should be at a stable weight for about six months. (The waiting period depends on how the weight loss was achieved-naturally or surgically-and which surgery was used.) You should also keep in mind that you may need additional surgery down the line to refine results, but those procedures are typically less extensive.

Have you undergone a bodylift? Did you recently lose a large amount of weight and are you now considering surgery like this? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

  • Anonymous
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    Is it an entirely out of pocket procedure!? I lost weight about 160lbs. And feel worse about myself now than when I had the extra weight.

  • Andrea
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    What if the weight loss left me with extra skin but not so much that i want to have it surgically removed? Aren't their lasers out there that will tighten the left over skin?

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    Looseness in the skin results from weight loss deflating the skin in those areas of weight loss. Contouring in these areas depends upon careful analysis of the relative contributions of loose skin, residual fat padding and even muscle laxity. A consultation with a plastic surgeon should be focused on all of the patient's areas of concern since a concerted plan to address these areas in stages can avoid the problems of concentrating only on one area, but losing the big picture of what the patients wants in the end.

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