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After massive weight loss I have extra skin on the side of my chest.In the pec area. What are my surgical options?

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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Direct removal

After someone loses a massive amount of weight, the skin retracts to a limited degree.
Often, you are left with hanging, excess skin. People had tried to tighten skin using lasers and ultrasound, but those technologies have not proven to be reliable and provide very limited benefit. Removal of excess lateral chest skin can often be done in conjunction with an arm lift or breast reduction.

In brief: Direct removal

After someone loses a massive amount of weight, the skin retracts to a limited degree.
Often, you are left with hanging, excess skin. People had tried to tighten skin using lasers and ultrasound, but those technologies have not proven to be reliable and provide very limited benefit. Removal of excess lateral chest skin can often be done in conjunction with an arm lift or breast reduction.
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Open contouring

Only option other than living with it.

In brief: Open contouring

Only option other than living with it.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Michael Beckenstein
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgical excision

After massive weightloss, your skin will not retract! there is too much excess and most likely loss of elasticity.
In such cases, removing the excess skin will make a good improvement if designed properly.

In brief: Surgical excision

After massive weightloss, your skin will not retract! there is too much excess and most likely loss of elasticity.
In such cases, removing the excess skin will make a good improvement if designed properly.
Dr. Michael Beckenstein
Dr. Michael Beckenstein
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maintain stable weig

Because it is a living organ, your skin will slowly return to a shape that fits your new body.
But since that process can take up to two years. Surgical option - wait at least six months after losing weight to ensure that you are at a stable weight. When the skin can become yeasty and infected, which is uncomfortable and a medical problem - insurance will pay to have surgery to remove the skin.

In brief: Maintain stable weig

Because it is a living organ, your skin will slowly return to a shape that fits your new body.
But since that process can take up to two years. Surgical option - wait at least six months after losing weight to ensure that you are at a stable weight. When the skin can become yeasty and infected, which is uncomfortable and a medical problem - insurance will pay to have surgery to remove the skin.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cosmetic

Congrats on your weight loss! if you still have remaining "folds" they will eventually resolve with exercise/time as your body re-adjusts; however if you want them "gone" then the only was is through plastic/cosmetic surgery.
..Which is up to you as far as how you want to proceed. Ask you doctor his/her opinion; that can never steer you wrong.

In brief: Cosmetic

Congrats on your weight loss! if you still have remaining "folds" they will eventually resolve with exercise/time as your body re-adjusts; however if you want them "gone" then the only was is through plastic/cosmetic surgery.
..Which is up to you as far as how you want to proceed. Ask you doctor his/her opinion; that can never steer you wrong.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Common concern

This is a very common concern and depending on the pattern and extent of the laxity is commonly performed on combination with an arm lift (thoracobrachioplasty) or an upper back lift.
Gynecomastia is also frequently associated with this condition.

In brief: Common concern

This is a very common concern and depending on the pattern and extent of the laxity is commonly performed on combination with an arm lift (thoracobrachioplasty) or an upper back lift.
Gynecomastia is also frequently associated with this condition.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Usually the only option for excess skin after massive weight loss is excision.
You might get some tightening of the skin with exercise to build the underlying muscles but usually not enough to make a significant difference. Congrats on the weight loss!

In brief: Depends

Usually the only option for excess skin after massive weight loss is excision.
You might get some tightening of the skin with exercise to build the underlying muscles but usually not enough to make a significant difference. Congrats on the weight loss!
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Excision

This area can be addressed with direct excision extending to the back.

In brief: Excision

This area can be addressed with direct excision extending to the back.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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