Skin Folds After Losing Weight: Plastic Surgery for Body Contouring


Being overweight is nothing out of the ordinary in today’s world. Everyone is extremely busy with jobs and have little time for their health. With all the junk food and barely any physical activity, the number of obese people is going up all the time.

Some people try to get rid of obesity with the help of cosmetic surgery for weight loss. For some, these are highly successful, while others may not achieve the desired outcome. However, the results may come at a cost. Weight loss surgeries can lead to loose, hanging skin in the treated area. Many people end up with sagging skin owing to the sudden removal of fat and weight loss.

Surgical Procedures

Certain surgical and nonsurgical procedures can be used to counter the problem of being overweight. Let’s have a look at the possible options that can be employed to correct the situation.


Ultherapy is a procedure that utilizes high-intensity ultrasound waves for tightening of the neck and facial skin. It can be used in mild cases of skin laxity in the abdominal region. However, it is not very useful if there is a considerable amount of hanging skin.


Laser Treatments

Numerous laser treatments are effective in managing loose or sagging skin. These procedures are nearly painless and only take a few minutes. They work by targeting the deeper layers of the skin and instigate the production of collagen and elastin, two essential structural proteins. As their production improves, the skin tightens up and gives a better look.

It is crucial to keep in mind that multiple sessions of laser treatment will be required to achieve results for sagging skin. Your doctor will first assess to see if the sagging skin on the belly can be treated with laser procedures or not.

Surgical Procedures

There are numerous surgical options available to correct sagging skin, and even for fat removal. Your surgeon can assess your particular requirements and suggest the option that best suits your needs. Surgeries do have considerable downtime associated with them, along with other side effects. Be sure to understand all the essential aspects of the surgery before deciding on going ahead with it.

Below, a few surgical procedures are listed that can help improve the body shape and get rid of sagging skin.

  • Arm lift surgery helps to remove bat wings from the upper arms.
  • Thigh lift surgery helps to remove the skin from the outer and inner thighs.
  • Lower body lift helps to remove the skin from the belly, buttocks, hips, and thighs.
  • A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, helps to remove excess skin from your abdomen.
  • Neck lift and facelift help reduce jowls, drooping skin forms the neck and face, and excessive double chin.
  • A breast lift reshapes your breasts and lifts

Bottom Line

You can get rid of sagging skin from a weight loss surgery both with surgical and nonsurgical treatments. The extent of the sagging skin and its location dictate which procedure should be used.

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