Excess skin removal surgery following weight loss

We all know, hear, and read how much obesity is dangerous. Many diseases are caused by obesity, which is called and defined today as a global pandemic. The most effective treatment of obesity according to the NIH is bariatric surgery. Meaning surgeries for weight loss. 

However, after losing the weight and shedding many kilograms of body weight, there are still many excess skin hanging on the body sides in different areas. These make movement difficult, distort one’s appearance and severely damage self-confidence.
Fat reserves locations change from one person to another, but there are some locations prone to fat deposits. Such as the chest wall, the folds of the stomach, the skin of the face and neck, the arms, the thighs and more.

What is considered excess skin?

Excess skin is the skin left hanging on the body sides and distort its shape. 
The skin has elastic properties' therefore it is stretched as required when we gain weight Even after losing weight, the skin may return to its place around the organs without leaving unnecessary excess. Especially if a person maintains keeping fit and i shape routinely. However, this does not always happen and in many cases there is no escape from surgical intervention in order to shape the body and complete the job.
In any case, it is important to know that the younger the patient is, the higher is their skin's capabilities to shrink back according to the new body dimensions.
Excess skin is not only an aesthetic problem. These are excess tissues which create folds in the body. These constitute a fertile ground for formation of severe infections, for poor hygiene as a result, unpleasant odors, backaches and incorrect posture.

How is excess skin created in the body?

The skin covering the entire body is not in a hurry to shrink in size even after the body has shed weight and reduced circumference. This is how the loosely hanging and annoying excess skin is created.

In which situations should | consider excess skin removal surgery?

Excess skin removal surgery is not the initial procedure. Only if it is found that your skin will not shrink to match body size and there is considerable excess skin, then the recommendation is to go for surgery. Despite the fact that the main goal of losing weight was already achieved, still it does not look perfect until the body look well balanced, thin and sculptured.

Excess skin removal surgery: How is it done, step by step?

Excess skin removal surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

  • First, the surgeon will draw lines on the skin to mark the concentrations of excess skin to be treated during the surgery.
  • After the patient is under anesthesia, a removal of excess skin and remaining fat deposits is performed.
  • On the next step, the suspended fat and skin tissues are separated from their attachment to the muscle covering layer all the way to the ribs, and so the skin can be appropriately tightened.
  • On the next step the incisions are sutured.

If excess skin is not very significant, a smaller kin removal should be considered so that the skin separation would not be required.

What are the risks and side effects?

There is no surgery that may not lead to cause any side effects. This skin tightening surgical procedure involves some risks and complications, however rare they might be. The existing risks are infections in the surgical area, development of inflammations, prominent scars, etc. It's important to note that in most cases the procedure concludes in success, with no severe adverse effects.

Additional body shaping treatments.

There are various types of body shaping and skin tightening surgeries, such as:

  • Tummy tuck surgery,
  • Upper / lower body lift,
  • Mid-thigh lift,
  • Arm lift
  • Body lift, and more

Natural ways to remove excess skin

  • Resistance training – adherence to strength training builds muscle mass and greatly improves the appearance of the skin.
  • Collagen – taking collagen supplements protects the skin collagen and improves appearance.
  • Skin firming cream – there are different firming creams that contain elastin and collagen, and these may help in tightening your skin.

You may also be interested in: Face lift surgery

The doctors who perform excess skin removal surgery

תמונה של ד"ר אבינועם גלית

Avinoam-Dar, Galit, MD

Specialty: Plastic and Mohs surgeon

תמונה של ד"ר טלי פרידמן

Tali Friedman, MD

Specialty: Plastic & Aesthetic surgery

תמונה של דוקטור ד"ר אמיר עינבל

Amir Inbal, MD

Specialty: Plastic & Aesthetic surgery

תמונה של ד"ר אלון לירן

Alon Liran, MD

Specialty: Plastic surgery

תמונה של ד"ר יונתן ווגמן

Dr. Jonathan Wagman

Specialty: Plastic surgery

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