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Excess skin in lower abdomen after wieght loss surgery. Options besides a tummy tuck?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Slim Lipo

Will induce skin shrinkage.
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In brief: Slim Lipo

Will induce skin shrinkage.
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Richard Baxter
is there data on this specifically after weight loss surgery - the question is clinical significance
Jin Packard
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Consult your primary doctor.Depends how much weight you lost, how much skin you have now.
Skin elasticity changes w age.Give skin some time to readjust, and work out.Muscle growth (esp pectoral, deltoid, latissmus, &abs) can reduce saggy appearance.Even if you choose surgery, reducing some sag now can translate to smaller (= less traumatic) operation.Creams:mostly ineffective.(thanks to j. Packard).

In brief: Depends

Consult your primary doctor.Depends how much weight you lost, how much skin you have now.
Skin elasticity changes w age.Give skin some time to readjust, and work out.Muscle growth (esp pectoral, deltoid, latissmus, &abs) can reduce saggy appearance.Even if you choose surgery, reducing some sag now can translate to smaller (= less traumatic) operation.Creams:mostly ineffective.(thanks to j. Packard).
Jin Packard
Jin Packard
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tummy tuck is best

There are unfortunately no proven methods to tighten skin significantly after weight loss other than a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), so be very wary of nonsurgical options marketed for that.
Talk to a plastic surgeon, who will tell you what does and does not work there.

In brief: Tummy tuck is best

There are unfortunately no proven methods to tighten skin significantly after weight loss other than a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), so be very wary of nonsurgical options marketed for that.
Talk to a plastic surgeon, who will tell you what does and does not work there.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Limited options

After bariatric surgery, patients often lose a significant amount of weight.
With massive weight loss, the skin doesn't retract back enough, leaving lax, hanging skin. The best option is usually to remove the skin via a panniculectomy or an abdominoplasty. I have not been too impressed with noninvasive skin tightening technologies, but others may have more experience with them.

In brief: Limited options

After bariatric surgery, patients often lose a significant amount of weight.
With massive weight loss, the skin doesn't retract back enough, leaving lax, hanging skin. The best option is usually to remove the skin via a panniculectomy or an abdominoplasty. I have not been too impressed with noninvasive skin tightening technologies, but others may have more experience with them.
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cool sculpting

This is the last west in non invasive fat reduction.

In brief: Cool sculpting

This is the last west in non invasive fat reduction.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Extended tummy

After massive weight loss it is more likely that you will benefit from an extended tummy tuck or even a belt lipectomy in order to accomplish your goals.
Removal of tummy skin only will leave you with unsatisfactory skin laxity in the hips and lwoer back.

In brief: Extended tummy

After massive weight loss it is more likely that you will benefit from an extended tummy tuck or even a belt lipectomy in order to accomplish your goals.
Removal of tummy skin only will leave you with unsatisfactory skin laxity in the hips and lwoer back.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: None

Excision is the only option so far for excess skin.

In brief: None

Excision is the only option so far for excess skin.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No Good Ones

Unfortunately after extreme weight loss surgery, extended tummy tuck and lower body lift surgery are the best at correcting the skin laxity issue.

In brief: No Good Ones

Unfortunately after extreme weight loss surgery, extended tummy tuck and lower body lift surgery are the best at correcting the skin laxity issue.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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In brief: None

None.

In brief: None

None.
Dr. Daniel Jaffurs
Dr. Daniel Jaffurs
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