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You have lost a great amount of weight, in the order of tens of kilos, you have invested a lot of time, effort and patience to eliminate the enormous excess of body fat that you suffered.

But now you have a new problem... how to get rid of that annoying layer of loose skin that just doesn't go away, no matter what you do.

How To Remove Excess Skin After Weight Loss


What is the reason for excess skin after weight loss?


The skin is the largest organ in your body and forms a protective barrier against the environment. The inner layer of the skin is made up of proteins, which contain collagen and elastin.

Collagen, which is 80% of your skin's structure, provides elasticity and vigor. Elastin provides elasticity and helps keep your skin elastic.

As you gain weight, the skin stretches to make room for further growth in the area of the abdomen and other parts of the body. Pregnancy is an example. Skin expansion during pregnancy occurs over several months, and stretched skin usually retracts a few months after the child is born.

In contrast, most people with obesity are overweight for many years, often from infancy or adolescence, when the skin has been stretched a lot and stays that way for a long period of time, the elastin and collagen fibers break down. As a result, they lose some of their ability to retract. As a result, when someone loses a large amount of weight, excess skin hangs from their body.

In general, the more weight loss, the more pronounced the effect of loose skin.

Researchers also report that patients undergoing weight-loss surgery form less new collagen, and their composition is lower compared to collagen in young, healthy skin.

Conclusion: When skin is stretched during considerable weight gain, it often loses its ability to contract after weight loss due to damage to collagen, elastin, and other components responsible for the elasticity of your skin.

Moreover, most studies have found that body contouring surgery improves the quality of life for people suffering from obesity. However, another study showed that some patients presented a decrease in their quality of life after the procedure.

Fight the flaccidity of your skin without surgery


Losing weight is a big achievement. This is definitely a big step and it's hard to do, so you should be very proud of yourself.

Loose skin, unfortunately, is a side effect. If this is your case and you feel frustrated that you can't do anything to tighten your skin, here are some tips you can put into practice at home.

The safest way to tighten excess skin is to surgically remove the excess. It's best to talk to a plastic surgeon, who has many different ways of treating you and will therefore guide you through the decision to choose what's best for you.


SEE ALSO: Weight Loss Surgery, Loose Skin, and Post-Bariatric Surgery

Learn how to fight flaccidity after weight loss


It's not fair that after losing all that weight you're afraid or feel self-conscious about showing yourself as you are. Much less after all the effort you've made to achieve the weight you've always dreamed of.

Take that idea out of your head, you don't have to live hidden behind wide clothes in order to feel comfortable...

It is not your fault, the important thing is that you decide to get down to work and start doing the actions that will help correct the situation.

There are several techniques and strategies that can help you restore the elasticity of the skin, to tone and look that slender body that has cost you so much work.

The keys to success in having good skin after losing weight are good food, water and exercise. Firming creams and massages are a great help, but if you don't do the above, they don't help at all.

How To Remove Excess Skin After Weight Loss?

Like many of my patients, maybe you have lost weight recently in an effort to boost your health and lower your risk for serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease. And like my patients, you may not have been prepared for the loose skin that can occur along with weight loss - especially if you're over age 40! Take heart, though, as there are several things you can do to tighten up your skin again that I'd like to tell you about.

Loose Skin After Weight Loss: How To Get Rid Of It

Lose The Weight AND The Loose Skin!

In your 20's you could lose 20-30 lbs in a month and your skin could bounce back fairly easily. As we get older, past the age of 40, and especially past age 50, skin loses some of its elasticity and ability to bounce back as quickly as it once did. We shouldn't try to lose a significant amount of weight quickly - 1-2 lbs a week is best to help our skin re-adjust itself.

If you've lost a significant amount of weight, such as 50 lbs or more, it will take a little longer for your skin to re-form to a smaller frame with less fat. If your BMI (body mass index) was over 40 to begin with, you may need a surgical procedure to remove excess skin in certain areas, especially if it is prone to rashes and infections. However, your skin is an amazingly resilient organ and, with the proper treatment, it can re-form to a smaller frame. Here are some things that help:

Diet. While you were dieting, hopefully you were eating more protein. If not, some of your weight loss could have been muscle tissue and this needs to be rebuilt so that the skin has pumped up muscle to cover now instead of fat. Make sure you are eating adequate amounts of protein. Figure 0.5 grams per pound of body weight. Ex. Weight: 150 lbs/75 grams protein every day to re-gain muscle mass.

Water. Water is crucial to skin elasticity and plumping up sagging skin. In fact, a simple test of dehydration is skin "tenting" on the back of your hand or forearm. If you can pick up skin in these areas, you're dehydrated and need water. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day, although many researchers advocate more, such as 90 to100. However, drinking more than this, unless you are sweating very heavily can have negative health effects.

Vitamins. The best vitamins to rebuild skin and its collagen that helps it stay firm and elastic is Vitamin C. I recommend dieters take at least 1,000 mg of Vitamin C a day in divided doses of 500 mg. This helps build collagen that creates the "scaffolding" structure of your skin and holds it together. Other supplements that can help are liquid collagen which can be bought in most health food stores. This will help skin elasticity.

Weight training. As I mentioned earlier, skin lies over fat and then muscle beneath it. When you lose most of the fat, skin only has muscle and bone to drape across. Hopefully, you were weight training during your weight loss to build muscles while losing fat. If not, you have some work in the gym to do! Start weight training, 3-4 times a week. Ladies, don't worry, you don't have the testosterone levels to get huge bulky muscles. You will get tighter, toned, and slightly bigger muscles that your skin can drape across more attractively. Your weight numbers may bump up on your scale, but added muscle is good weight. It's fat weight that's unhealthy. Glutamine. This recommendation comes via bodybuilders who regularly supplement with this amino acid to build strong muscles AND tighten skin during and after significant weight loss.

Glutamine powder, or capsules, can be bought at most health food stores. Take 5 grams on an empty stomach before weight training and 5 grams afterwards. Take an additional 5-10 grams before bedtime to augment muscle and skin repair that occurs during sleep repair.

Skin brushing/exfoliating. Skin cells die and slough off on a daily basis. Sometimes they do not shed as quickly as they should and form a dry, dull layer over new skin. It's important for new skin cell growth and health to remove this layer of old, dead skin cells. This can be done either vigorously doing a dry skin brushing on a daily basis or using a medium-coarse exfoliating skin cleanser in the shower 2-3 times a week.

Skin wraps. A service of many spas, these are basically gauze bandages soaked in herbal mixtures that draw and tighten skin. You can be wrapped head to toe, or just problem areas like arms, thighs, and waist/stomach. Then you either do light aerobic exercise to raise your body heat or are placed on a far infrared heating blanket. Many of my patients swear by wraps for tightening skin, reducing unsightly cellulite that can make loose skin look much worse, and inch loss.

Laser tightening. Laser procedures heat collagen and elastin fibers beneath the skin and result in shrinkage and tightening of these structures, tightening the loose skin. Consult a good plastic surgeon for this procedure.

Can be a little costly, but the results may be worth it to you. Burn more fat. You may be surprised to hear that part of sagging skin is that it actually still has fat pockets in it causing it to hang. This is especially true of upper/under arm skin, and inner/upper thighs, knees, waistline. Be sure to do some cardio/aerobic work, lower your carb intake a little to help burn those extra fat pockets out of the skin. Add these nutritional supplements: Omega 3's, green tea extract, L-carnitine to assist in fat burning and drink plenty of water.

Far infrared sauna. Available at certain spas for a weekly fee, or you can buy your own unit for home use.

There are also far infrared arm, thigh, and body wraps for spot fat burning. Unlike steam saunas, far infrared saunas burn subcutaneous fat and reduce cellulite, as well as remove toxins from the body and burn calories. Recommended twice a week. Drink lots of water during use.

Let me also say, congratulations on your weight loss! It's a big accomplishment and you should be proud of your effort. Now, put a little extra effort into tightening up your loose skin and you'll be even more proud of yourself and how amazing you look!

With more than three decades of experience in treating thousands of patients, you could say I've seen it all. I treat a wide range of skin conditions- from cancer to acne- and believe that natural, practical alternatives carry the day.

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Excess Skin After Weight Loss: How To Get Rid Of It

Got those Loose Skin Blues?

Massive weight loss is a huge decision, most of you reading have either gone through a massive weight loss or are contemplating going through a massive weight loss. One of the most common hesitations in losing weight is the resulting loose skin that occurs once your body has gone through a significant weight loss. It is common knowledge that losing weight = loose skin.

Loose Skin after losing weight

Loose skin not only occurs with a massive weight loss but also with natural body occurrences such as pregnancy. This is because once your body stretches through weight gain or through pregnancy; your skin loses its elasticity. First patients come in to talk about weight-loss and bariatric surgery, how it works and your results. Many patients, however, decide they want to go the less expensive and natural way by strict diet and exercise but are concerned about the loose skin.

Our doctors always tell patients to be realistic, being healthy is far more important than having loose skin.

Even when you have loose skin after weight loss there are ways to remove it such as post-bariatric surgery which includes tummy tucks, breast augmentations, and thigh lifts. The loose skin, although it may not seem like it, is a proud reminder of how far you've come and if you take that extra step to remove the loose skin, your body will be an entire trophy dedicated to yourself. In this post, we will see why and where that extra skin came from and how to reduce or remove it.

How We Burn Fat

As we all know, matter cannot be created nor destroyed, so when you exercise and diet fat is not simply "disappearing" off your body. What occurs is a form change, just like water and steam. The glucose and sugar that is harnessed from carbohydrates are the first fuel sources. Once the glucose runs out, fat takes over. Your body is a constant interconnected conveyor belt that removes essential nutrients from the fat and delivers them to specific body parts. Hormones that regulate our blood sugar levels activate an enzyme in fat tissue called lipase. Lipase ignites fat cells to release triglycerides, which is what makes fat cells fat. When they receive a signal from lipase to exit the fat cells, the triglycerides break-up into glycerol and fatty acids and then enter the bloodstream for use in your body. The process of breaking down triglycerides into reusable energy is called lipolysis which is shuffled and reshuffled to produce heat, water, carbon dioxide, and ATP. Since the fat tissue has lost some of its components, the cells shrink.

Why the Extra Skin?

When fat tissue is worked and the cells shrink, wouldn't it make sense that your skin would shrink as well?

Yes and no. In the cases of moderate weight loss, skin can certainly shrink back to fit the body's new size because of its elasticity due to collagen in the skin. However, collagen does have its limits. Collagen fibers weaken with age and results in wrinkles. Rapid growth or weight gain also outpaces collagen production in the skin causing areas to over-stretch, leading to stretch marks commonly seen in pregnancy and adolescents going through puberty. In cases of massive weight-loss, the skin that has been stretched has lost its collagen strength making it very difficult if not impossible for the extra skin to shrink back to its former shape. Those undergoing gastric bypass surgery or bariatric surgery feel this pain. As the number of patients going through weight loss surgery increases, so do corrective surgeries for the unwanted and uncomfortable skin. This extra skin can actually be a serious problem and can actually cause infections, rashes and even back problems.




Post-Bariatric Surgery and Treatment Options

The most important determinant of how much loose skin an individual will have following weight loss is their age. Younger patients tend to have less loose skin than those who are older because of the strength of collagen in your skin. The next most important factor is the amount of weight loss. An individual who loses 200 lbs. is more likely to have excess skin than someone who has lost 80 lbs. There are other factors of who is more likely to have loose skin such as smoking, sun damage and skin color.

- Exercise: Exercise that includes increasing muscle town can tighten connective tissue. For patients who have undergone bariatric surgery are recommended to add a regular exercise regimen that is helpful to maintain ones weight and can also serve to tighten loose skin to some extent.

- Body Contouring Procedures: For those that are losing 80 lbs. to over 100 lbs. surgical procedures, known as post-bariatric surgery, are available to tighten skin and remove the extra pockets of skin that inhibit your body from being as toned and tight as the individual would like. Below are the most common procedures for massive weight loss patients.

Abdomen, Thighs and Buttocks- The abdomen is usually one of the greatest concerns for individuals following massive weight loss. In both men and women, excess fat is stored both in the abdomen and beneath the skin of the abdominal wall. Consequently following weight loss in those areas, extra skin appears. Large amounts of hanging skin can lead to the collection of moisture between the skin folds resulting in a condition called intertriginous dermatitis, which leads to irritation, redness and pain. Occasionally, the skin may even breakdown, bleed and become infected. With proper documentation, many insurance companies recognize this problem and provide full coverage from surgical removal through a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.

The abdominoplasty will solely remove the excess skin from your stomach which is ideal for women following pregnancy. However, for those who have undergone weight loss surgery or a massive weight loss, excess skin is not limited to the stomach but also results in the buttocks and thighs. Because of this, surgeons will perform a procedure specifically for weight-loss patients called a body lift. This involves an abdominoplasty, thigh and buttock lift all at one time. This addresses and removes loose skin and cellulite along the thighs and buttocks as well as the abdomen. Although the resulting scar is lengthy, it is confined to the waistline and is hidden by underwear, panties, or a bikini.

Breasts- Following a great weight loss, breast size and shape often change significantly in both men and women. Everyone worries about sagging breasts as we age but few know that massive weight loss greatly accelerates the process. As women advance from girls to teens to twenties and into their later years, the glandular portion of breasts is replaced by fat. The original glandular tissue is significantly more firm than fat and consequently the skin becomes unable to retract completely and produces severely ptotic or sagging breasts. This is called breast involution. There are many treatment options for women following weight loss.

If a woman desires less sagging and wants to be larger, a breast lift or mastopexy is needed. Again, surgeons will tell you your options and also remind you to be realistic with or breast augmentation may be satisfactory. The problems in men are similar however treatment is slightly different. Men tend to have larger breasts when over-weight. Depending on a man's age, degree of weight loss, and a few other factors he may result in large breasts, large and/or sagging breasts, or satisfactory breasts following weight loss. Large and/or sagging breasts in men is called gynecomastia. Here liposuction alone may be satisfactory, however this is not typical.

Most men with both sagging and large breasts go through a two-staged procedure. The first stage is liposuction and is performed to remove excess fat and some glandular tissue. Over the next few months, the breast skin will retract slightly. Three to six months later, the patient will return to evaluate the situation and determine if the outcome is satisfactory. Delaying the second stage allows for significant skin retraction and if a skin tightening procedure is desired it is likely to require smaller incisions.

The Bottom Line?

Being healthy has far greater importance than excess skin. Although, having excess skin can lead to some serious issues there are non-surgical ways of preventing infections such as keeping your excess skin dry. For those who are able and want to remove the excess skin, post-bariatric surgery is for you. It is important to remember that these procedures should only be considered after ones weight has stabilized; especially after weight loss surgery. This can range from 7-18 months after weight loss. The most important factor in finding a plastic surgeon who can perform these procedures is that they must be board certified. If your plastic surgeon's website or office does not advertise that they are board certified you must RUN! For everyone who has heard horror plastic surgery stories, this is probably where it started, having a surgical procedure done without a board certified surgeon. Use ASPS (The American Society of Plastic Surgery) to find a board certified surgeon near you.





Luna Plastic Surgery in Atlanta provides expert knowledge and information for their patients. Directed towards patient care, Luna Plastic Surgery specializes in post-bariatric surgery and tummy tucks. They are committed to compassionate care, excellent results and patient safety. Luna Plastic Surgery aims to provide the best aesthetic and functional results under a warm personal interaction. We are proud to offer our patients the kind of changes that will improve patients' self-esteem without ever compromising their natural appearance.

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Weight Loss Surgery, Loose Skin, and Post-Bariatric Surgery