Whether you you’ve lost 50 pounds or a few hundred, significant weight loss can change your life for the better. It can reverse obesity, as well as such serious conditions as diabetes and sleep apnea, and it can reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer. But once the weight comes off, many people are left to deal with another challenging problem: excess skin that sags.
In addition to the fact that some people find it embarrassing, excess skin is prone to rashes and fungal infections between the skin folds. Other potential challenges range from limited mobility to difficulty urinating to problems with sexual function.
A type of plastic surgery called “body contouring” is an increasingly common solution. The decision to have this type of surgery is a deeply personal one. It’s important to understand the pros and cons, and to talk to an experienced surgeon about how to prepare yourself for the procedure.
“Body contouring may be an option if you feel embarrassed about having excess skin,” says Michael Alperovich, MD, a plastic surgeon in the Yale Medicine Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Surgery Program. “You've done a lot to get yourself healthy, and you deserve to have an improved quality of life and the appearance you’ve wanted. Body contouring surgery can help complete the journey.”