Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, as it targets fat that is difficult to lose with diet and exercise, alone. During the procedure, these stubborn pockets of fat are surgically removed from the body. The most common trouble areas that can be treated with this procedure are the lower abdomen, the sides of the torso, inner thighs, and upper arms. Liposuction is a great tool for removing fat, but it may not be a good option for those with loose skin.
When we gain weight, the skin stretches to accommodate the extra fat. Liposuction removes this fat, but the excess skin remains. It is similar to the loose skin that some experience after a major weight loss. Liposuction can help to tighten loose skin to a degree, but moderate-to-severe loose skin may require other procedures to address it.
Who Gets Loose Skin?
Typically, losing a lot of weight in a short time is the main reason behind developing loose skin. When this happens, the skin can’t adapt and shrink gradually. The same is the case when large amounts of fat are removed all at once during liposuction. However, in many cases, it is temporary and can be fixed.
Can Loose Skin Be Avoided?
It’s not possible for your surgeon to completely predict how well an individual’s skin will react to liposuction. Dr. Ehrmantraut will evaluate your skin’s elasticity before surgery and can make a general estimate. However, some procedures can be done post-recovery from liposuction to tighten loose skin. These will be discussed with you at your initial consultation, and any questions you may have will be answered in detail.
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Dr. Ehrmantraut has a demonstrated history and reputation of compassion, patient-centric treatment, and exemplary results. Together, with the staff of Plastic Surgery of Southern Maryland, he will create an individually tailored treatment plan, including recovery and support options, ensuring that each person receives the treatment they deserve. Call today to schedule your consultation.