The benefits of weight loss are well known and always welcome: more energy, a more defined body, and a marked improvement in general health and wellbeing. But one change that isn’t appreciated is loose skin.
Whether the cause is rapid weight loss – studies show that about 70% of people who undergo bariatric surgery are left with excess skin – or just due to the ageing process, sagging skin can be an issue on the arms, tummy and thighs.
It’s no surprise, then, that ‘how to tighten skin after weight loss naturally’ is one of the most searched terms on Google.
Ideally, a slower weight loss that allows the skin to retract as you lose the pounds is the first step. Exercise routines that incorporate weight training to build muscle are often better than intense cardio. The one thing that probably won’t work to tighten loose skin naturally are the many skin tightening and firming creams and serums that are available. These products usually contain a film-forming agent which can make the skin ‘feel’ tighter, but the effect is temporary and there is no noticeable lifting of loose skin.
So, what treatments can tighten loose skin?
Minimally invasive body contouring treatments
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that permanently removes fat cells by crystallising them at freezing temperatures. The fat cells are then naturally eliminated by the body over the following months and patients find their skin retracts to their new contours. An improvement in skin laxity is often the result of dermal thickening, stimulated collagen production and the formation of new elastin fibres.
Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production deep in the dermis, lifting and tightening loose skin on the brow, cheek, jowl, neck and chest area. It is ideal for patients that have mild to moderate skin laxity.
The surgical option for tightening loose skin
Liposuction is only ideal for patients that have mild skin laxity; once the fat is removed from the target area, the skin should gradually retract to your new shape. For patients that have significant skin laxity, a surgical procedure to remove that loose skin is the gold standard approach. Depending on the area of concern, Mr Alex Karidis can perform a face and neck lift, an arm lift, tummy tuck or thigh lift.
For more advice on the best treatment for tightening loose skin, call 0207 432 8727 to arrange a consultation at Karidis Clinic.