Major weight loss, either through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, can significantly change your life and improve your chances for longevity. But it may leave you with one sizeable problem: lots of saggy, excess skin. And you may not have been expecting to feel only “half-way there” after losing all that weight.
While for some people their skin may bounce back, for most it is inevitable that you with have loose skin after you weight loss. You can always tone up your new body with exercise but sadly, exercise won’t help you to revitalize or shrink your skin…..But if you could be healthier and more comfortable with your body weighing less, don’t let the fear of loose skin keep you from doing what you need to do to get there.
- Don’t wait! Don’t waist precious energy wishing you had lost the weight in your 20s. The younger we are the better our skin bounces back after being stretched. If you would be more comfortable weighing less but are afraid of being left with loose skin. Don’t wait, go see your GP today to discuss your options.
- Avoid weight gain/fluctuation. The more times we lose weight and gain it back, the looser the skin gets. Rather than your weight going up and down from diet fads, try and find a more suitable, long-term weight loss solution and minimize the probability of putting that weight back on.
- Build muscle. Contrary to popular belief, strength training does not “tone” or “tighten” the skin. Skin elasticity has nothing – NOTHING – to do with exercise. But strength training gives loose skin something hot and firm to lie over – namely biceps, triceps, quads and abdominal muscles. Lots of folks – especially women – shy away from strength-training, or think it’s better to use smaller weights and do more reps. This is a myth that keeps women from ever seeing the results they want and deserve. Assuming you’re being safe and reasonable, the heavier and harder and you train, the more muscle you build, and the better you’re likely to feel about how your skin looks
Plastic surgery after dramatic weight loss reduces excess skin and fat left behind after major weight loss. Its goal is to restore attractive proportions by removing the sagging skin around the face, neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks and thighs that creates a misshapen contour. Although these procedures leave scars, most patients find them to be an acceptable trade-off for an improved appearance
When to consider surgery:
If you are considering plastic surgery to improve your body contour, these characteristics make you a good candidate:
The best time to consider plastic surgery in when you are as close to your goal weight as possible and you weight has been stable for at least three months. This is usually 12-18 months after the gastric bypass surgery or gastric banding.
There are reasons for this timing. First, your body is in a negative nutritional balance during rapid weight loss and is not in the best condition for healing new surgical wounds. Second, the risk of complications from the surgery decreases as body mass index (BMI) decreases. Third, the cosmetic results from the surgery (i.e. the way things look) tend to be better as you get close to your goal weight.
Other things to consider before surgery:
Make sure now is the right time to have surgery. You will need adequate time away from work so you can have a calm recovery. Don’t try to “squeeze in” a surgical procedure between important work projects with tight deadlines or right before you start a new job.
Plastic surgery after weight loss requires special expertise. Look for a surgeon who takes a special interest in helping weight loss patients and who has experience with these procedures.
If you have multiple areas of the body that need surgery, you may have to have these done over a series of sequenced procedures. Though surgeons can do multiple procedures under one anaesthetic, when these are big, complex procedures, your surgeon may choose to split them up in to separate operations, which may span over a year or more.