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A 30-year-old female asked:

Once i have a gastric bypass surgery what happens to my extra skin?

4 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Depends: There is usually left over folds of skin after dramatic weight loss. Surprisingly, a lot of excess skin may disappear with the weight. Many people choose to undergo plastic surgery to remove extra skin and even get tummy tucks (witch hazel) and breast lifts after they reach and maintain their goal weight. You wouldn't have to do anything with the extra skin if you didn't want to.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Stays unless removed: Individuals undergoing bypass who lose a substantial amount of weight will often have excess skin.The extent is highly variable. If the excess skin is creating a health issue such as rashes or skin breakdown or the pt desires cosmesis, it can be surgically removed, otherwise can leave alone. Surgically excising is the only way to eliminate. Exercise may help some but won't completely eliminate.
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
congratulations on changing your health and your life, btw!
Feb 13, 2012
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Consider other...: Although gastric bypass will usually result in weight loss there are other complications to consider - in addition to your concern with the excess skin. Please consider a dramatic lifestyle change. The weight may take longer to come off but this can be healthier in the long run - and in my experience a vigorous exercise program and real dietary changes results in less skin 'flab'...
Dr. Jason Lichten
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Consider surgery: Many patients consider plastic surgery to deal with the loose skin of the abdomen, breasts, arms, thighs or face that remains after massive weight loss. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to figure out what your options are. Most procedures are not covered by insurance and need to be paid for out-of-pocket by the patient.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What happens to skin after gastric bypass?

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Dr. Ronan Monsef
Specializes in Family Medicine
Sag: After significant weight loss from gastric bypass, skin can become loose and begin to sag.

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