Will I Have Excess Skin After Liposuction?

Liposuction is an effective and popular procedure that helps women and men get rid of excess, unwanted fat. Many people have a hard time getting rid of fat on their bodies, especially in stubborn areas like the abdomen, flanks, and back. Liposuction is not a skin tightening procedure, so it is best for individuals who have good skin elasticity. Removal of fat with liposuction can cause loose skin in the areas where it is removed. If skin quality is poor, it may be recommended to have a skin tightening procedure done at the same time. In some instances, it may be an option to first have liposuction and wait to see how the skin retracts on its own. If the result isn’t ideal, then a skin tightening procedure can be performed.

Why Does Loose Skin Occur After Liposuction?

When you undergo a liposuction procedure, fat is removed in one session. This quick removal of fat can cause the surrounding skin to sag. Liposuction is meant to provide you with your ideal shape by removing troubling fat deposits. However, no skin is removed during liposuction.

The skin may or may not tighten naturally after liposuction procedure. There are a few common reasons why it may not, including age, and if liposuction is performed post-pregnancy. Major weight loss prior to liposuction can also compromise the skin’s ability to bounce back.

Options for Skin Tightening

Surgery is an effective way to get rid of loose skin for good. Skin tightening surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and arm lift. Some newer, advanced laser-assisted liposuction techniques can also offer some skin tightening. There are also some non-surgical radiofrequency treatments such as ThermiSmooth that can provide some skin tightening improvement.

Talk to a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

The best way to learn whether liposuction alone can be done with success is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced performing both liposuction and skin-tightening procedures. Dr. Cruise has years of experience performing body contouring procedures and will provide you with an honest opinion about what can and cannot be achieved with liposuction surgery. With over 15 years of experience, he is known for not only providing excellent and honest patient care but beautiful results.

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