What happens to skin after gastric bypass?

Not much. Unfortunately, as your waistline starts to shrink, your skin stays pretty much where it was. This results in significant laxity of your skin. Your skin tends not to retract back very much, leaving you with excess, hanging skin.
Depends. It depends not on exercise, but more on the elasticity of your skin. If your skin has lost its elasticity, it won't automatically reshape around the smaller layer of fat, and you'd need an abdominoplasty to remove the redundant skin.
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.
Sag. After significant weight loss from gastric bypass, skin can become loose and begin to sag.

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What possibility does a 24 year old woman have of skin sagging after gastric bypass?

Depends on Weight. This depends on the starting weight of the patient. At 24, you skin is definitely more elastic than a 60 y.o., and some of it will retract back to "normal". But ultimately it depends on the size of the person before the bypass, and the weight lost after. The more the skin is stretched before the surgery, and the more weight loss, the more skin will sag.

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

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.
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.
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'...
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.

Doctors, how much will gastric bypass affect my excess skin?

May need surgery. Weight loss after surgery generally result in excessive loose skin especially around abdomen, hips, thighs and upper arm. It may require surgical removal for cosmetic purposes.

I had gastric bypass surgery ten yrs ago now have loose skin and hanging fat no one will help me get rid of it because of no insurance no help im mess?

Find insurance? Not a med answer, but is there a way you can get insurance? Is there a medicaid program? Does your county offer health assistance, or your hospital have a free clinic (many do). Your best bet for insurance is a large employer; starbucks offers insurance for part time workers. If it is true that no insurance means no help, then you need to find a way to get insurance.
May be covered. If you are having medical problems because of the loose skin you may be eligible for medicaid/medicare. Many people will have skin breakdown and irritation underneath the folds and if this is this case it becomes a medical not cosmetic procedure to have it removed.
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Save. Even with insurance there is no guarantee of coverage. Often what the patient feels is medically necessary and what insurance companies feel differ and the physician is caught in the middle. If it is a priority then you could save money slowly and if you have hanging fat perhaps a little more weight loss would be in order.

How soon can I have a body lift after my gastric bypass? I just had a gastric bypass done three months ago and I am starting to feel great. However, I now have this excess skin, especially in my abdominal region. I am anxious to get started on the next st

You. You generally want your weight to be stable over a fair amount of time. I prefer at least 1 to 1.5 years after bypass before considering skin reduction surgery. Often times after losing a large amount of weight and recovery from the bypass, patients become more active and lose further weight and body fat that isn't seen initially. There can also be variations of your own schedule [e.g., season, work load, etc] that you won't see until you can see that you have plateaued for remain at that level. Hope this helps.
As. As disappointing as this may sound, I strongly suggest you wait until the weight loss levels off because if you have surgery now and continue to lose weight, the amount of loose skin that was removed might not be enough.
I. I would wait until your weight has stabilized and you are not losing any more weight. You don't want to have a tuck and then lose another 40 pounds. So be patient and wait till it stabilzes. Wwwbeautybybrueck.

How can I tighten up loose skin? I had gastric bypass surgery last year and lost 130 pounds. I have lots of loose skin and have not been able to get rid of it. Any ideas short of surgery to remove it? Exercising has not helped.

Congratulations. Congratulations on your weight loss. There is absolutely no way to address your loose skin without an abdominoplasty surgery (tummy tuck). Exercise may improve muscle tone, but won't do anything for the skin. Anyone who proposes anything else for your degree of weight loss is just stealing your money. Andres taleisnik, M.D. http://www. Ataleisnikmd. Com follow my practice and plastic surgery on facebook and twitter: facebook: http://www. Facebook. Com/pages/andres-taleisnik-md/112392538831584 twitter: http://twitter. Com/ataleisnikmd.
Massive weight loss. Really the only way to successfully eliminate the hanging fat that remains after massive weight loss is surgery. Surgery to remove this skin will help improve appearance, clothing fit, body contour, and hygiene as well. The trade off are scars but those can often be hidden by undergarments/swimwear, etc and for many patients the tradeoff is worth it. Well done!

When will I be a good candidate for a lower body lift? After having gastric bypass surgery four months ago, I lost 100 pounds. I now have loose skin in my midsection that I would like to have removed through a lower body lift procedure. Am I a good candid

Congratulations. Congratulations on your massive weight loss. After bariatric surgery, the currently recommended waiting period before having a lower body lift, or other body contouring procedures, is one year. This allows your body to adjust to it's new physiology. At a year your weight will be more stable, and your GI tract will be better adapted to absorbing the nutrients needed to heal after surgery. Waiting one year will decrease the risk of complications and aesthetically improve your results. It is not too early to see a board certified plastic surgeon and explore your options. This can help you feel more comfortable when it comes time for surgery, and prepare you for an expedited recovery. More information is available online here: www. Drmele. Com/post-bariatrics. Html.
It. It is probably wise to wait for atleast a year after your gastric bypass before considering any body contouring surgery. I would also recommend that your weight be stable before seeking consultations for corrections. Follow up regularily with your bariatric surgeon for labs and follow their advise regarding suppliments to provide proper nutrients and vitamins during this weight loss phase. Best wishes on this adventure.
Yes. Yes you are a good candidate assuming your overall medical condition is good. But as long as you are still losing weight I would wait till your weight has stabilized. That's when I would consider doing the surgery. Congratulations on your taking charge of your life.