What Can I Do About Loose Skin After Major Weight Loss?

about loose skin after major weight loss

When you gain weight many bizarre things can happen, including an increase in anxiety levels, chronic migraines, stomach pain, your muscles become sore, and your skin will stretch out until it can’t bear it no more. So what do you do? What any reasonable person would do. If you are dealing with loose skin, particularly after major weight loss, it is tempting to blame whatever comes to mind, but that won’t help stabilize your situation.

Losing weight is not the only challenge you will encounter along the way. The body may feel lighter, but you will also start dealing with issues of excess loose skin. So if you are feeling frustrated with your weight loss results, stay calm and get rid of excessive fat and skin with plastic surgery. What are my options? You may ask. Let’s take a look!

Body contouring

If you have lost many pounds, you probably feel overjoyed but quite discouraged to see a reminder of your former life in the hanging fold of skin. Body contouring is popularly used to improve your body after weight loss surgery with procedures such as body lift surgery, abdominoplasty, buttock augmentation, arm, and breasts lift. During surgery, the surgeon will make a cut along the abdomen and remove excess sagging skin. Also, the buttocks, waist, thighs, abdomen, hips, and arms are tightened as part of the same procedure. Buttock augmentation is also very useful since the derriere tends to become flatter after too much weight loss.

Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will help flatten your stomach after significant weight loss. When diet and exercise fails to eliminate excess fat and skin in the area, a tummy tuck will do. This procedure can repair weakened abdominal muscles and help remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. While you will have scars, they will fade over time, and you will have a trimmer figure and the flat stomach you’ve always dreamed about.


Sometimes, what you may think is excess skin is just excess body fat. In such cases, liposuction may work best. It is very common in patients who undergo bariatric surgery and lose excess amount of body weight. There are several bariatric procedures, some of which we offer here at Avana Plastic Surgery, including gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass. While these procedures are very successful, many patients are unhappy with the fat left in certain areas, particularly in the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks, something that liposuction can easily fix. But if that’s what you want, make sure to seek first the expert advice of a surgeon.

Breast Lift

For some women, this procedure may also be part of the deal. If your breasts are flaccid, a breast lift will help you lift and improve the shape by removing excess skin and tissue. A breast lift or mastopexy can also restore the nipple to a higher position. Some patients may also get breast implants with saline, silicone, or gummy bear implants to increase volume.

We’ve got you covered

If you have loose skin after weight loss, talk to us today. There are many skin tightening procedures to help you improve your body’s appearance and function. Remember getting to know your body is wise. But you will never know what you’re up against unless you schedule a thorough orientation session to help you understand your needs. During your initial consultation at Avana Plastic Surgery, you’ll get valuable one-on-one time with one of our surgeons that will help you achieve the results you desire with your best interest in mind.