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This Is What Getting Rid Of Loose Skin Actually Looks Like

December 04, 2015 3 min read

Sometimes, for people who have more than 100 pounds of weight to lose, the safest, and more effective, way to do it is to have bariatric surgery (like gastic bypass). But because this procedure often results in rapid weight loss, the skin doesn't always have time to catch up. This can result in loose and uncomfortable hanging skin. "When people gain a tremendous amount of weight, the skin stretches out," says Steven Davis, DO, a board-certified plastic surgeon. "Then when they lose that weight quickly, they're left with loose, hanging, empty skin." While it is possible to try to target this skin with toning exercises and concealments, the only real way to get rid of that skin is to have surgery. Again. [caption id="attachment_122051" align="alignnone" width="620"]jennifer Jennifer Brown[/caption] Jennifer Brown, 48, lost 200 pounds following her gastric bypass. But, dealing with her excess skin required 5 separate plastic surgeries! The surgeries included a 360-degree body lift, leg lift, face-lift, torso and breast lift, and arm lift. When all was said and done, she lost 60 more pounds in skin. [caption id="attachment_122052" align="alignnone" width="650"]cheryl-opener_0 Cheryl Cleveland[/caption] Cheryl Cleveland, 57, and  Antoinette Liberati, 59, also had surgery following their weight loss. "It was a very necessary part of my weight-loss surgery," Cleveland says. "Once that [excess skin] was gone, I really felt like I had accomplished something," All three women say their procedures went smoothly but before you decide that this is the avenue you wish to follow, remember that the majority of these procedures are not fully covered by insurance and they are rather expensive. "As a general rule of thumb, each of these procedures ranges from $5,000 to $15,000," Davis says. The price tag will depend on the type of surgery, how much skin there is to remove, how long the procedure will take and the costs and feeds added on by the facility. [bctt tweet="This Is What Getting Rid Of Loose Skin Actually Looks Like"] [caption id="attachment_122054" align="alignnone" width="620"]Antoinette Liberati Antoinette Liberati[/caption] There are, however, some circumstances under which insurance will cover this extra surgery. "Hygiene issues and skin irritation from the friction of excess skin can warrant insurance coverage," says Debra Johnson, MD, president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Some insurances companies will cover the costs if you meet a minimum when it comes to the amount of skin that needs to be removed. The good news about these operations is that they are quick.  "99.9% of the procedures are same-day surgery," Davis says. "You come in to the facility, get the procedure done, and go right home." After about 2 weeks of rest, you should be ready to resume life as normal. Unless you are having more work done. In that case, Davis says you should wait 6-8 weeks before going under the knife again. Remember, if you are planning to have weight loss surgery, the skin issues you are left with may end up being more costly and time consuming that the initial procedure. But, people who have had the skin surgeries, often say they are worth it. "Part of my brain wishes I had done it earlier," Brown said. On that, all three women agree. Liberati added, "I would do it all over again without blinking." Have you had surgery to remove excess skin after rapid weight loss? Was it worth it to you? Source: Prevention  [caption id="attachment_121913" align="alignleft" width="100"]snapchat logo @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_121912" align="alignleft" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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