Loose Skin After Weight Loss
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After significant or massive weight loss, loose skin may be a problem. This is especially so in those who have had weight loss due to weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. Two-thirds of patients with massive weight loss are left with loose or overhanging skin. This loose skin can be a source of embarrassment. It can also cause skin rashes and infections under skin folds.
Treating this excess skin can improve a person's quality of life. Unfortunately taking care of loose skin is not always included in the overall long-term weight loss plan. This means that although the weight loss surgery was successful, patients may still experience overall dissatisfaction because the weight loss results are covered by excess skin.
If you or someone you know is considering weight loss surgery, surgery for removal of the excess skin may be desired. If your insurance doesn't cover this type of surgery, it can be a rather expensive venture, however.
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