Loose skin after weight loss surgery

You can certainly expect to lose weight after a weight loss surgery. But that’s not the whole story. Depending on your previous weight and the amount you’ll lose, you are expected to see changes in your body as well. Something known as loose or sagging skin. Yes, you might end up losing so much weight that you are left with extra skin that you most probably won’t like. Even if it doesn’t bother you that much mentally, it can be a little uncomfortable having it there.

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with that. Some of these you can actually try without seeking any professional help, others, you might have to get in touch with an expert. But let’s focus first on those which will not only help you with your loose skin but will also benefit your overall health as well.

Protein-Rich Diet

A well-balanced diet with a slightly high protein can help you build and retain muscles. It can also help in keeping your weight off, improving your skin’s texture, firmness and elasticity, and of course, reduce the sagging to a certain extent.

Regular Exercise

Regular workouts, especially strength training helps in building and retaining muscle mass. With exercise, your muscles get toned, skin gets tighter and eventually loosened up skin gets back to its original form to quite an extent.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Drinking a recommended amount of water after a weight loss surgery is crucial for your metabolism, health, digestion and skin. Since you start off on liquid diets alone once the surgery is done, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking more water.

Vitamins And Supplements

Vitamins and minerals have their own benefits for skin, hair, and body functions. Try to take Vitamin A and Vitamin C for hydration, collagen and elasticity. Vitamin B9 also called the folic acid is great for skin tightening and collagen production.

It is important, however, to keep in mind one thing. Every weight loss journey is different as every individual has a unique body. Moreover, it’s the amount of weight that you lose will determine whether you’ll have sagging skin or not.

In case you have sagging skin that you want to remove cosmetically, you’ll have to talk to a certified plastic surgeon and know your options. But before doing that, make sure to talk to your bariatric surgeon and get their professional evaluation on whether you have recovered enough to move forward with another surgery.

Our weight loss experts have helped patients with all sorts of post-op concerns. We offer free bariatric consultation too. To get our expert advice, please feel free to book your appointment today!

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