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How to Deal with Excess Skin After Weight Loss Surgery


While bariatric surgery has many health benefits, losing a significant amount of weight after weight loss surgery may leave you with unwanted excess skin. This can be an uncomfortable problem that causes some health issues. Many people choose to have surgery to remove the excess skin. The medical reason to remove the skin is to prevent rashes and discomfort from the extra skin chafing. Having excess loose skin is a normal part of the weight loss process and there are options for dealing with it.


Problems With Excess Skin

First, there is the issue of chaffing. When skin rubs together, it can create friction that leads to irritation, inflammation, and even infection. Chaffing is a common problem that can occur when the skin rubs against skin. The friction can cause the skin to become irritated and inflamed, and in severe cases, chaffing can lead to open wounds. In addition to causing pain and discomfort, chaffing can also be difficult to heal. The constant rubbing can delay the healing process and make the wound more susceptible to infection. 


Second, excess skin can also lead to tears. When the skin is stretched too far, it can rip or tear, causing pain and bleeding. especially in areas where the skin is thinner, such as the underarms or around the groin. These tears can be painful and may bleed. If they are not treated promptly, they can become infected. Sagging skin can also make it difficult to move or to perform everyday activities. In extreme cases, sagging skin can even cause ulcers.


Third, excess skin can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. The human body is home to trillions of bacteria, most of which are harmless. However, when bacteria accumulate in skin folds, they can cause irritation and lead to infections. When sweat and moisture are trapped in folds of skin, it creates an ideal environment for these organisms to thrive.


Finally, excess skin can also be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Having excess skin can be a heavy burden, both physically and emotionally. The extra skin can cause pain and discomfort, making it difficult to move and stay active. It can make it difficult to move or to perform everyday tasks such as dressing and bathing.


Managing Excess Skin



 Diet is one of the best ways to manage excess skin. By eating plenty of healthy foods that are high in protein, as well as collagen and elastin building foods, you can help improve the appearance of your skin and reduce your risk of infection. In addition, staying hydrated is essential for healthy skin. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from becoming dry and cracked. Getting enough vitamins may also preserve some skin elasticity after bariatric surgery. Vitamins C, A, E, K, and B-complex vitamins, as well as trace minerals such as zinc, are all important for skin health. 



 Exercise is one way to help manage this excess skin. By toning the muscles, exercise can help to give the skin a more supportive structure. This can help to prevent sagging and improve appearance. Additionally, exercise helps to improve circulation, which can also help to keep the skin looking healthier. Of course, it is important to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program, but for many people, exercise is an effective way to manage excess skin after surgery.


Cosmetic Surgery

In some cases, cosmetic surgery may be the best option for dealing with excess skin. This type of surgery can help to remove excess skin and improve the appearance of the body. It can also help to tighten loose skin, which can reduce the risk of infection. For people who have undergone bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery may be an important step in achieving their goals.


Excess skin after bariatric surgery is a common problem. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help manage the condition. If you’re struggling with this issue, office to find out how we can help. For more information about bariatric surgery visit

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