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Millicent Odunze, M.D.

Excess Skin After Weight Loss

By January 21, 2013

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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.

For more on the types of surgery that can remove excess skin after massive weight loss:

Post-Bariatric Surgery - Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

January 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm
(1) Cheryl G says:

You know, this kind of loose skin from weight loss can occur not only from lapband or gastric bypass surgery. There are people out there – like ME – who have NATURALLY lost a significant amount of weight simply by adjusting their eating and DRINKING habits. I think the most important thing is to DRINK MORE WATER. I personally stopped drinking all sodas and sweetened drinks, and drank only water every day as my only drink. I also reduced portion size but still ate what my family was eating. Within 9 months, I had lost 80 pounds. It has now been 18 months, and I have lost a total of 100 pounds. After a lifetime of being overweight, I have sagging skin similar to the photograph depicted in this article, and this skin will NOT go away without surgery.

So, please remember – there ARE people out there that have lost weight, after a lifetime of being overweight, NATURALLY, without drugs, and without surgery! It can be done!

January 26, 2013 at 9:01 am
(2) Ladybug says:

Cheryl, i lost weight the sane way as you but didn’t have that problem. Next time u want to loose weight, you may want to exercise during your weight loss adventure to tighten up the loose skin.

January 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm
(3) Evelyn Lopez-Perez says:

I have a lot of loose skin but my insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery. What are people like us suppose to do?

March 6, 2013 at 1:08 am
(4) Vanessa Elizebeth says:

Totally. Well said ,You gotta keep these things in perspective.

March 21, 2013 at 5:18 am
(5) Jeanie says:

I have skin similar to this picture. I was obese my whole life until I naturally lost 185lbs over 42 months. My skin is annoying I can see and feel muscle tone underneath it. I am a personal trainer. I have obese people ask me all the time, about how much skin I have. They seem more frightened of that then the extra weight and health problems that they have. I’d rather be healthy than be vain. I don’t mind a little skin when I am in so much better physical and mental shape!!!

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