What to Do About Drooping Skin After Drastic Weight Loss

Posted on: January 1st, 2013 by

Losing a large amount of weight is no easy feat.  If you haven’t done so already, you should take a moment to stop and congratulate yourself on all your hard work! Thanks to your efforts, there’s no doubt that you are healthier and that you feel better about yourself as well.

However, if you’re like a lot of people, you’ve been left with one very big problem that you may or may not have anticipated when you first started out on your amazing journey. While you may be able to fit into the clothing that you always dreamed of wearing, you may be at a place where you’re not comfortable wearing it because of excess skin.

Why Does Excess Skin Occur?

Oftentimes when people lose large amounts of weight, their skin doesn’t simply snap back into place the way you might expect due to skin elasticity loss. The fat may disappear, but the stretched out skin can remain, sometimes causing the same issues with their self esteem that the extra weight caused in the first place.

Your very unique skin elasticity can be affected by a number of factors. One of the biggest of these is age, as skin naturally loses elasticity as you get older. The other is genetics.

What Can I Do About Sagging Excess Skin?

Regardless of the reasons for your problem, there are certain things you can do. Diet can help you to a certain extent. Drinking plenty of water and keeping “junk” food intake to a minimum may lead to reduction in the appearance of excess skin over time.

However, body contouring through plastic surgery is often a more effective option in the long run, especially if you’re looking at a lot of skin or a high degree of sag. A plastic surgeon can effectively make sagging skin from weight loss a thing of the past forever. Your surgeon can also do additional body contouring to make improvements to remaining fat deposits or stretch marks.

Recovery time for this type of surgery is generally quite reasonable and many people are back to regular activities in just a few weeks. Ask your plastic surgeon about the possibilities today!