ABC7’s The More in the Morning team spoke with Dr. Michael K. Kim, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, to discuss a cosmetic procedure often linked with a popular New Year’s resolution — weight loss and excess skin removal. Dr. Kim spoke about how as we age and lose weight, our skin doesn’t bounce back like it typically would when we’re younger.
In general, skin has some degree of elasticity that allows it to expand and contract around a person’s changing body frame, but that degree of elasticity is different for everyone and depends partially on their overall health and the health of their skin.
Are there non-surgical ways to treat excess skin?
Short answer: Not Really. If a patient really wants to get rid of those prominent skin folds that won’t go away no matter how much they exercise or how they eat, there aren’t many non-surgical things that can be done.
What are the surgical options?
Surgery for removing excess skin, also called skin excision or body contouring, should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. These procedures involve large incisions, so patients are generally put to sleep using general anesthesia. The extent of the procedure, and the recovery time needed, depends on the body parts involved. Common surgeries for skin excision focus on the abdominal area (abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck), the upper arms (brachioplasty, or arm lift), thighs, breasts (for both women and men), and face and neck. Some patients opt for a full “lower body lift".