Bariatric surgery usually has expected payoffs. Better health, weight loss, higher energy levels, and increased confidence, but one unexpected consequence of weight loss surgery is excess skin. The amount of sagging skin can vary from person to person, but nonetheless, it can still be frustrating and uncomfortable. Tightening excess skin in a surgical or nonsurgical method can help with the appearance of loose skin.

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You may be able to tighten your loose skin with some at-home remedies. These include steady weight loss, exercise, firming creams, and a healthy diet plan.

1. Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Losing weight too quickly can decrease the skin’s elasticity and stretch, resulting in more excess skin. After gastric sleeve or bypass surgery, it is important to focus not so much on the scale but on a nutritious, wholesome diet. Following the correct macronutrient plan can ensure you are losing weight steadily while staying well-nourished.

2. Skin Toning Exercises

Slowly incorporating muscle-building activities alongside cardio can significantly reduce the appearance of excess, saggy skin. For the first 6-8 weeks, bariatric patients should focus on walking and, after two months, should add 150 minutes of exercise weekly.  Focus on muscle-building exercises like strength training, yoga, or pilates to tighten muscles directly under the skin for a tighter, firmer appearance.

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3. Firming Creams

Tightening lotions promote skin cell turnover and hydration, which supports elasticity, minimizing the appearance of loose skin. Firming creams containing retinoids, collagen, and hyaluronic acids are great choices for patients fighting saggy skin.

4. Healthy Diet for Glowing Skin

Eating foods containing collagen and biotin is essential in improving skin hydration, smoothness, and appearance. Having the correct foods can ensure your body has enough nutrients to support your skin health. Some examples include:

  • Bone broth
  • Berries
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Lean meats

5. Skin Tightening Cosmetics

Nonsurgical methods don’t always work for everyone, and surgical intervention may be needed to eliminate excess skin. Sometimes it can take as many as four or five cosmetic procedures to remove all excess skin and restore a patient’s figure. Some common procedures include:

  • Skin Removal
  • Body Lift
  • Arm Lift
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Implants
  • Brazilian Butt Lift
  • Tummy Tuck

A common cosmetic surgery interest among bariatric patients is a Mommy Makeover. This includes a tummy tuck, breast lift or augmentation, and liposuction.

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