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How Can a Body Lift Help Remove Excess Skin After Weight Loss

How Can a Body Lift Help Remove Excess Skin After Weight Loss

You counted calories, tracked your macros, and stuck to an exercise routine. However, after putting in all that hard work and achieving your weight loss goal, you now have excess skin. 

Drinking adequate water may help minimize loose skin during weight loss. But what can you do if you already have loose skin? 

Below, we asked our expert at Lancaster Plastic Surgery, Dr. Richard M. Levin, to explain how loose skin occurs and how you can remove it. 

Why we end up with excess skin after losing weight 

Skin that stretches for a significant amount of time is less likely to bounce back. Therefore, the longer you’ve been carrying a few extra pounds, the higher your chances of developing loose skin. 

For example, pregnant women experience a lot of stretching in the abdomen area, but because pregnancy lasts only nine months, most women’s skin bounces back after delivery. 

You may be at a higher risk of developing loose skin after weight loss if you lost weight via surgery or have inhibited autophagy in the skin. 

Autophagy is a process in which the body recycles unnecessary and damaged components of cells. When there’s a lot of waste production but low autophagy, the fibroblasts in the skin produce less collagen, causing the skin to be less elastic and preventing it from bouncing back. 

Body lift for loose skin 

About 70% of bariatric weight loss patients experience loose skin. This is heartbreaking considering the work and the discipline necessary to lose a lot of weight. However, a body lift can help remove excess skin and give you the contours you’ve always wanted.

A body lift isn’t one procedure but a series of procedures tailored to your needs. If you’re a woman who lost a lot of volume in your breasts, you can combine a body lift with a breast lift.

During a body lift, Dr. Levin surgically removes the excess skin. Depending on the area treated and how much skin needs to be removed, the procedure can be done on an outpatient basis. In some cases, patients may be asked to stay overnight for close monitoring. 

It’s normal to experience some pain and swelling in the days following the surgery. You can expect to return to your normal activities about four weeks after the surgery. 

Find out if you’re a good candidate for a body lift

Good candidates for a body lift are at a stable weight and don’t plan to lose more weight following the surgery.

If you believe you fit these criteria, contact us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Levin will be more than happy to explain what the procedure entails and discuss the costs associated with it.

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