Loose Skin After Weight Loss is Normal.
Most bariatric surgery patients will have loose skin after surgery.
Many doctors say that sagging excess skin is one of the most common problems that weight loss surgery patients face after approaching or ‘hitting their goal weight’.
It can be one of the biggest hurdles a bariatric surgery patient can face.
What If I Don't Want (or Can't Afford) Surgery to Remove Excess Skin?
To prevent infections, rashes and other problems, do your best to keep excess skin as clean and dry as possible.
For example, be sure to shower immediately after exercise and dry yourself thoroughly.
To prevent chafing, some people wear shaping undergarments, which you can buy in any department store. If that doesn't provide enough support, there are also specially-designed Bariatric garments for people who have lost a large amount of weight.
Finally, there are several simple steps you can take to improve the overall health and appearance of your skin:
- Don't smoke. If you smoke, this is just one just reason to quit. The reasons why smoking damages the skin are still unclear, but smokers tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Sun exposure accelerates the breakdown of elastin in the skin, which causes it to sag prematurely.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking Water can make your skin look better, but being well-hydrated definitely helps your body's largest organ function properly.
- Moisturize. Protect the outer layers of your skin by applying a moisturizer within two minutes of a bath or shower (when your skin is best able to absorb it). TIP: Olive Oil can be a great skin firmer ! The antioxidant property in olive oil has been known to tighten and firm skin.
- Lift weights. Building a shapely layer of lean muscle through manageable Strength Training will make your skin look better by giving it some support from the inside.