If you’ve had weight-loss surgery, you likely know the surgery itself is just the beginning of your healing journey. Although bariatric surgery can benefit your overall health, there are lots of changes to adjust to as you heal — from new diet and lifestyle habits to a brand-new body. One change that you may not have imagined is excess skin.
Excess skin is common after weight-loss surgery. When the body sheds large amounts of weight, the skin is often not elastic enough to adjust to your smaller size. The result? Hanging folds of skin usually found around the abdomen, arms, legs, back and thighs.
One of our world-class bariatric surgeons, Gustavo Bello, MD, explains that there is more to excess skin than how it looks: “Living with excess skin is not just a cosmetic issue. It can cause rashes, chafing and skin infections. It can keep you from moving freely and exercising. And it can take a toll on self-esteem and quality of life.” Skin removal surgery may offer a solution to help you feel whole again.
Understanding Skin Removal
Skin removal surgery is typically performed by a plastic surgeon who removes excess skin and fat to change the shape of the skin.
Dr. Bello says, “The surgery is tailored to each patient, based on the individual’s condition and needs. Keep in mind, the entire body is not shaped during one surgery. Skin removal is often performed in stages, focusing on one or more areas of the body at a time.”
That said, plan for a process. We will personalize your care to meet your needs as a unique individual.
Are You a Candidate?
It’s important to talk with a surgeon experienced in excess skin removal to see if you’re a candidate. You may be eligible if you:
- Are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and meeting nutritional and fitness requirements
- Don’t have any medical conditions that increase surgery risks
- Don’t smoke
- Maintained a stable weight for at least six months
What to Expect from Skin Removal Surgery
Because excess skin removal requires large incisions, you’ll probably have some scarring. Depending on your surgery, healing can take several weeks.
Like most steps on your weight-loss journey, excess skin removal surgery isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. It can give the boost you need to your appearance, confidence, comfort and overall quality of life.
“I love seeing my patients take control back over their lives when they start to feel more like themselves,” says Dr. Bello. “It’s inspiring and motivates me every day.”
Transform Your Life
If you think you can benefit from skin removal surgery, take the next step in your weight-loss journey and reach out for an appointment today. We even offer virtual consultations to help you get started. We’re here to help you transform your whole life — body, mind and spirit.