Handle Your Excess Skin After Weight Loss Surgery

Handle Your Excess Skin After Weight Loss Surgery

Are you thinking about making the life-changing decision to undertake bariatric surgery, but worried about loose stomach skin that may occur afterwards?

Sagging or loose skin after weight loss surgery is extremely common. Your skin will expand when you gain weight because it is adapting to a new mass that is being added to your body. The reason that your skin doesn’t shrink right back down after sudden weight loss is that it doesn’t have the necessary elasticity to adapt quickly.

In this article, we break down how you can reduce excess skin after weight loss surgery.

Will my skin be impacted by weight loss surgery?

Firstly, let’s discuss how loose stomach skin will affect you. Everyone is different after surgery, and the amount of excess skin you may have is dependent on a myriad of factors, such as your genetics, your original weight before surgery, your age, and your smoking history.

Most people will experience some loose skin after weight loss surgery, and it is completely normal to feel self-conscious about this. You may even experience issues caused by loose stomach skin, including chafing, rashes, and in some cases, infections. There are several effective ways you can deal with this excess skin to ensure that you’re keeping in good health after bariatric surgery.

How to reduce excess skin after weight loss surgery

There are many ways to help tighten loose stomach skin after your procedure. We’ve listed a few below which you may find helpful:

  • A balanced diet: To help prevent loose skin after weight loss, we’d recommend a diet with plenty of protein (approximately 60-100g per day) to retain lean muscle and minimise any loose stomach skin. You can also preserve your skin’s elasticity after bariatric surgery by getting plenty of vitamins (D, C, K, E, A and B-complex) and minerals (such as zinc) which are vital for the health of your skin. Our dietitians will take you through this.
  • Drink enough water: For the first 6-weeks after your operation, you should increase your minimum intake of water to 3L/day. Your body mostly consists of water and requires adequate hydration. If you drink lots of water, your skin will be healthier and this should help make your skin more elastic.
  • Get lots of exercise: To prevent loose stomach skin after your surgery, you need to focus on gaining muscle. Exercise can help with this in the same way that eating a balanced diet with plenty of protein can. If you build muscle mass, you will effectively fill out your skin more and decrease loose or sagging skin. Also, with a regular exercise regime, you’ll feel more confident, fit, and healthy!

Another alternative

If you keep to a balanced diet, combine that with lots of exercise, and actively do things to take care of your skin and increase circulation, you should help to keep your skin elastic as it adjusts to a drastic change.

However, it is only realistic to still expect some loose stomach skin after surgery, and even if you follow the above recommendations you may experience some sagging skin.

If it is of significant concern to you, and you feel that loose stomach skin is a problem you would like a definitive resolution to, then cosmetic surgery may be an option.

Cosmetic surgery will tighten loose skin, by removing any excess fat and skin from your body. It will leave scars, but these can be concealed by body creases so that they are not particularly visible.

Timing is everything. We’d recommend that you wait up to 24 months before considering cosmetic surgery. Not only is it a big decision to make, but after bariatric surgery, your body will need approximately 18 months to adjust, and for your body to stabilise. This will also help you to maximise the contour of your body after your cosmetic surgery.

Are you considering bariatric surgery?

If you are tired of the constant cycle of weight loss, weight regain, watching calories, and feeling hungry, then we may be able to help!

You could be the candidate for weight loss surgery. At Perth Weight Loss and Surgery, we offer tailored surgery solutions that maximise patient safety, reduce waiting times and offer comprehensive post-surgery aftercare.

Contact us today to find out more about our services.


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Mr. Siva Gounder is the director and head of Perth Weight Loss & Surgery. With more than 15 years surgical experience, Mr. Gounder is fully trained and qualified to provide bariatric surgery in Perth that helps treat obesity. This includes gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, sips surgery, duodenal switch operation and revisional surgery.

Mar 30th,2021