How to Tighten Loose Skin After Major Weight Loss

Losing a significant amount of weight is a challenging feat. While major weight loss can have numerous benefits for your overall health, the biggest downside most Burgess Plastic Surgery patients mention is excess skin. 

At our Portland-area practice, board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa Burgess regularly works with bariatric patients who want to put the finishing touch on their weight loss journey with skin-tightening treatments or procedures. Read on or book a consultation at 503-699-6464 to determine which options are right for you.

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatments

If you have mild skin laxity, non-surgical tightening treatments could provide your desired results with little to no downtime. One non-invasive option is Ultherapy®. During this treatment, your provider uses a handheld device to deliver ultrasound energy below the skin where collagen grows. The brow, neck, and under the chin are common treatment areas.

Similarly, Thermi® treatments use radiofrequency energy to smooth and tighten any sagging skin. ThermiTight® and/or ThermiSmooth® treatments can contour your breasts, neck, jowls, abdomen, arms, flanks, back, buttocks, thighs, calves, and knees.

Additionally, SecretRF™ treatments utalize radiofrequency energy in conunction with microneedling to tighten loose skin. The SecretRF™’s ultrafine needles deliver radiofrequecy energy into the skin to stimulate new production of elastin and collagen. The SecretRF™ can treat the face and neck areas, but the body can also be treated in an off-label FDA use.

Ultherapy, Thermi, and SecretRF treatments work best for mild skin laxity and produce temporary results for two to five years. Surgery is the better option if you want to remove larger amounts of excess skin permanently.

Surgical Skin Tightening Options

Loose skin can make exercise more uncomfortable and clothing harder to find. It can also leave you more prone to rashes caused by friction. Fortunately, surgical solutions can provide incredible aesthetic results and serve as the finishing touch on your weight loss journey.

Body contouring procedures we offer include:

  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): This procedure can remove excess tissue and repair abdominal wall muscles.
  • Breast lift (mastopexy): If you want to reshape sagging breast tissue, decrease your areolar size, and regain a more youthful shape, a breast lift can help. Many patients also get an implant-based breast augmentation with their lift to add more volume.
  • Arm lift (brachioplasty): Say goodbye to unwanted arm fat and excess skin to reveal slimmer arms.
  • Medial Thigh lift (thighplasty): If you have loose skin around the inner thighs or buttocks, this procedure can remove excess tissue and contour the area.

Book Your Portland-Area Skin Tightening Consultation 

Dr. Burgess loves helping her patients feel more comfortable in their skin. If you have too much of that skin to feel comfortable in, she can help with that too. Contact our Lake Oswego, Oregon office at 503-699-6464 to book your post-weight loss skin tightening consultation.

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