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Excess weight loss can result in loose and sagging skin. The degree to which you have extraneous, loose skin would depend on the elasticity of your skin which diminishes with age, cigarette smoking, and is also dependent on your genes.
The more the elasticity of the skin, the higher its ability to alter itself according to the new body shape. Those regions of the body which have been stretched the most because of excess weight will tend to be less elastic.
Generally, hanging skin can be taken care of through strategic clothing and compression garments. Some post bariatric patients may opt for plastic surgery to remove excess skin. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), it is recommended that they wait for 12-18 months after surgery (with a stable weight for at least three months) before having plastic surgery.*
Body contouring or body lift after weight loss surgery involves surgically removing extra, loose skin and fat along with making the shape of the underlying tissue better.
Common body contouring procedures are:
Facelift: Alternatively known as rhytidectomy, facelift involves removal or reduction of wrinkles on the face and tightening of sagging facial skin.
Breast Lift: Alternatively known as mastopexy, breast lift corrects sagging breasts by removing extra tissue and elevating the breast.
Tummy Tuck: Also known as abdominoplasty, this procedure corrects protruding or sagging abdomen by removal of extra skin and fat around the belly, and restoring abdominal muscles to give the belly a smooth and firm appearance.
Arm Lift: Alternatively known as brachioplasty, this procedure removes excess skin and fat around the arms which
helps get rid of “bat wing” arms.
Thigh Lift: Involves removal of extra skin and fat around the thighs to give them a better shape.
Mommy Makeovers: A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgeries such as stretch mark removal, breast lift, tummy tucks, arm lifts, and liposuction to restore pre-pregnancy contours and appearance.
Life After Weight Loss Program by UPMC
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