Rise in weight loss leads to more Excess Skin Removal surgeries

7 December 2015

We’re becoming increasingly aware of the health risks associated with being overweight, and as such, many people are shedding the pounds in a bid to become healthier versions on themselves. The problem however is that when you lose a lot of weight quickly, you may be left with large amounts of loose, excess skin. This can’t be reduced through diet and exercise, but Cosmetic Surgery can help.

At 170kg, Tracey Searle was one of the 63 per cent of people classed as overweight or obese. Aged just 26, she underwent Gastric Sleeve Surgery, which removed 70 per cent of her stomach and led to a weight loss of 100kg over the course of 18 months.

She explained: “The surgeon who performed my gastric sleeve surgery did warn me that I could have excess skin. He said I was young enough that it might not be such a big deal, so I went in thinking it might not be too bad. But as the weight kept dropping the skin just stayed.”

The excess skin caused further problems for Tracey. With lots of excess skin on her stomach, between her thighs and under her arms, she felt as though she’d gained nothing from losing weight.

She said: “I couldn’t run, because it was so uncomfortable. Clothes didn’t fit right. I wore tops that were either really tight or very loose. I would wear long sleeves even in summer and a long flowy skirt or jeans that would compress my legs.”

After suffering with excess skin for two years, Tracey decided to undergo Cosmetic Surgery to remove it, opting for a 360 Body Lift as well as an inner Thigh Lift and Breast Implants.

So why does weight loss lead to excess skin? Sydney-based Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt explained: “Weight loss is like a balloon full of fat. When you lose the weight the balloon will become looser. Our job is to tighten the balloon so it can sit underneath underwear.”

Tracey is one of many Excess Skin Removal patients. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported 680,000 Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgeries and 98,000 Upper Arm Lifts undertaken throughout the world in 2014.

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