Are you Suffering From Sagging or Loose Skin After Weight Loss Surgery?

5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Loose Skin After Sleeve Gastrectomy

By Susan K. Manez MS, RD, CDN

Weight loss has a lot of positive “side effects”. Some of them include:

  • Increased energy,
  • Improved health,
  • Better confidence,
  • Greater mobility.

But weight loss can also have a few less pleasant consequences as well. Among these less desirable effects is sagging or loose skin.

Sagging skin can be mildly unpleasant, whereby you dislike your appearance in clothing or the mirror. It can also be detrimental to your health, by resulting in skin rashes, ulcerations, unpleasant odor and even infection.

So how can you prevent or minimize loose or sagging skin from arising?

  1. Slow and Steady

You may not be able to control how your body naturally loses weight after surgery. But you can help yourself avoid losing weight at an excessively rapid rate by focusing on keeping yourself adequately nourished.

Losing weight too quickly through crash dieting or starving yourself can drastically slow your metabolism and make weight regain inevitable. This resulting yo-yo effect on your weight can stress your skin and make it less likely to tighten up with each loss following a gain.

  1. Hydrate

Every organ of your body needs water and your skin is no different. When skin becomes excessively dry through dehydration, it may lose some of its elasticity and therefore become looser. Ask any dermatologist and they will likely agree that adequate hydration is key to healthy skin.

  1. Good Nutrition

Protein is necessary for

  • Healthy weight loss and prolonged satiety between meals.
  • Keeping your skin and muscles strong.
  • Protein contains collagen and other key nutrients that help to strengthen the skin and improve elasticity.

Without adequate amounts of protein in your diet, you will:

  • Lose muscle mass,
  • This will cause your skin to loosen on your body and allow fat cells to take over,
  • The result is skin with a saggy appearance.
  1. Exercise

Adding strength training, such as weight lifting, squats, lunges, and planks to your routine, will improve muscle tone and give you a leaner, fitter appearance. Improving your physical fitness will also raise your metabolic rate. This will make your body better able to burn calories and therefore keep the weight off.

Before starting any exercise routine, consult your physician to make sure it is appropriate and safe for you.

  1. Surgery

If your best efforts do not prevent or improve loose skin, you may need to consult a plastic surgeon to explore other options. Our medical providers at Tristate Bariatrics can help guide you if this is the case.

For more information on how to deal with loose or sagging skin, visit one of our TriState bariatrics clinics near you. You can also contact us or visit our website for more help.

Susan Manez

Susan Manez

MS, RD, CDN
Susan Manez is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. She has been working in the field of nutrition for 9 years and specializing in weight loss for over 7 years. Susan is an associate member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and has completed a certificate program in Adult Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Susan is also the first full-time dietitian to be employed by Tri State Bariatrics. Susan has been a member of the Tri State Bariatrics team for over 7 years. She devotes her efforts to educating, preparing, and supporting individuals seeking weight loss to help them achieve their goals. Most recently, she has been working alongside the dietitians at local Shop Rites to provide practical, hands on education directly in the supermarket.

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