Treatments for Excess Skin After Weight Loss

October 17, 2016

With weight loss and weight gain, your skin’s appearance will be affected, sometimes for the worse and sometimes for the better.

When you lose weight, you lose the fat in the skin, which decreases the natural plumpness in the skin. Lines and wrinkles are deeper and more noticeable. The skin is looser, thinner and can start sagging, especially when weight loss occurs over age 40.

Losing 10 to 20 pounds probably will not make a huge difference in the skin’s appearance, but anything over that can cause your skin to appear older. Some people who have experienced extreme weight loss have to have surgery for the removal of sagging skin due to loss of elasticity.

Your pores will likely also become more noticeable. Just like lines and wrinkles, pores are indents in the skin and without fat underneath filling them out, they sink further into the skin, making them appear larger and deeper. This also goes for chicken pox scars.

When gaining weight, you increase fat cells underneath the skin, which gives natural plumpness to the skin to plump out lines, wrinkles, and pores. In some cases, people who carry extra pounds will look younger.

For individuals whose weight fluctuates up and down, it does have a negative effect on the skin, specifically related to elasticity. Like a rubber band, when your skin is stretched out regularly, it will bounce back, but as you get older, the elasticity weakens.

The idea of expanding, constricting, expanding and constricting the skin over and over will eventually take its toll on your skin’s elasticity, resulting in flabbier skin. This is often most noticeable in the face where jowls start to droop, becoming worse with frequent weight fluctuations.

The goal of every person who cares about good health should be to keep as close to the same weight as possible as recommended by your doctor. And when your skin starts to change, use high-quality skin care products and professional skin treatments and procedures recommended and performed only by a certified dermatologist.

Here are some examples of treatments dermatologists perform that fall into the area of cosmetic dermatology.

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