Worried About Excess Skin After Gastric Sleeve

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Jazmine (a patient from NY, United States)

I’m 18 years old, weigh between 250-260 pounds, and am 5’4 1/2 (BMI of 44). I’m so scared the I will have severe excess skin and still feel ugly even though my weight is gone.

I have seen many pictures but they are all of people who lost lost more than 100 pounds.

Is their any chance I can reduce the risk of excess skin with exercise and body wraps?

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

Surgeon Response to "Worried About Excess Skin After Gastric Sleeve"

by: John Rabkin, M.D. Pacific Laparoscopy


Unfortunately, the excess skin that follows after massive weight loss in patients who have undergone weight loss surgery (WLS) usually requires surgical removal (reconstructive surgery) for optimal functional and cosmetic results.

Exercise can help by building muscle mass and filling in for the prior adipose tissue (fat) that was previously filling in the excess skin; however, this usually only partially compensates and reconstructive surgery is also needed to obtain the desired result. In my experience 'body wraps' are not of any value in addressing the excess skin.

Best regards,
John Rabkin, M.D.
Pacific Laparoscopy

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Bariatric Beauty & Finishing School - What to do about Loose Skin

by: Kelsey

As a 10 year post op -- loose skin was something I have spent countless hours obsessing over. Surgical options vs shapewear vs creams vs acceptance. It's time to have an honest discussion about the options for loose skin after weight loss surgery -- check out my video where I go over the options and let me know what you think!

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