How to Get Rid of Excess Skin After Weight Loss?


Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Pundrique Sharma - Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon

If you have lost a significant amount of body fat and have been left with areas of loose skin that you are unhappy with, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time searching for solutions.

Excess skin can be extremely stubborn and it can be disheartening when exercise, creams and supplements claiming to reduce or even eradicate the unwelcomed skin aren’t effective. If you have either exhausted the over-the-counter options or would rather invest in an effective solution first time round, surgical excess skin removal offers the most drastic solution with the most visible results.

Depending on the area that is affected and the extent of the loose skin and stubborn fat, there are a range of surgical body contouring procedures available here at The Harley Medical Group. They include:

  • Brachioplasty (Arm lift surgery) – to tighten the skin around the upper arm.
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck surgery) – to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. A less drastic alternative, a mini tummy tuck, may also be an option.
  • Mastopexy (Breast lift surgery) – to remove excess skin from around the breasts and back


What causes excess skin?

Excess or skin sagging is a problem that many people face as they age. The ageing process causes a reduction in the number of structural proteins like collagen and elastin in the dermis which leads to impaired skin elasticity.

Alongside this, when the skin is stretched for long periods of time and is placed under mechanical stress during phases of weight gain or pregnancy for example, the skin undergoes changes that make it less elastic and deformable. When the underlying tissue shrinks this ultimately leads to areas of excess skin that are no longer required. This excess skin presents a substantial problem for many people, from the effects on their self-esteem to physical discomfort and even skin infections.


Excess skin removal surgery

Regardless of the type of skin removal surgery that you chose to undergo, the postoperative results can be striking. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly is the potential for an excellent aesthetic outcome, click here to view our gallery of before and after images from our body contouring procedures below. Many patients report a renewed sense of confidence, improved comfort in clothing and reduced self-consciousness following their excess skin removal surgery.

Also, for those patients with large amounts of excess skin, the procedure can lead to considerable weight loss that can reduce the physical strain placed on bones and joints. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Aesthetic Surgery in 2020 found that abdominoplasty significantly improves back pain and quality of life[1].

tummy tuck before and after
Please note some results may be in conjunction with other procedures such as Liposuction

If you would like to begin your journey towards achieving your ideal results with The Harley Medical Group, you can book your free no obligation consultation today by simply clicking here. You can view our dedicated excess skin treatments page for more information on all of the available treatments including tummy tuck surgery for both men and women.

1. Soteropulos CE, Edinger KM, Leibl KE, Siebert JW. Improvement in Back Pain Following Abdominoplasty: Results of a 10-Year, Single-Surgeon Series. Aesthet Surg J. 2020;40(12):1309-1315. doi:10.1093/asj/sjaa032

Posted April 5, 2022
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