Question: I have lost a lot of weight and have saggy loose skin now. What can I do to get rid of it?
Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Kenkel answers:
If needed, weight loss can really change a person physically and mentally. Many patients are much healthier following weight loss. One of the things patients often tell me is, “ I would like to look as good as I feel.” Post-bariatric surgery can often help patients with this.
If you are undergoing a weight loss plan, it is very important that you do it in a supervised manner and that you reach and maintain your weight. If you are still actively losing or are not at a stable weight, it is probably best to delay surgical consideration.
As a general rule, we are going to have to trade a scar for shape. In many areas of the body, the scar can be well hidden by clothing, including undergarments and bathing suits. In some places, such as the arms and thighs, the scars may be a bit more visible. Fortunately, for most patients, these scars heal well and fade with time. We often combine liposuction with skin excision to get the best possible contour. In some instances, we consider using implants or even the body’s own fat to further augment the appearance of a particular body area.
These tend to be big procedures that require planned recovery and time off of work. We are fortunate to have a great team here at UT Southwestern geared towards caring for these patients. Patients should be in good health for consideration of these procedures.
If you have loose skin following weight loss or even pregnancy, consider coming to visit Dr. Kenkel to see if you are a candidate for surgery after weight loss.
Check out before and after photos here!