For many people who have been successful at weight loss, surgery is the best option. But going under the knife is not the only way to tighten loose skin.
There are new medically-approved methods that are safe and effective for some patients.
Surgery vs. Non-Surgical Methods to Get Rid of Loose Skin
Not every patient is a good candidate for non-surgical skin tightening procedures. In some cases, surgical skin tightening procedures work best. So, how do you know which method to choose?
Dr. Bruce Katz, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York., has some tips.
“In general,” he says, “good candidates for non-surgical methods are patients who have skin that is not pendulous or redundant.” He explains that pendulous skin is loose skin that is folding over on itself. Patients who have folds of skin make better candidates for surgery. But he emphasizes that a full examination by a board-certified physician is the best way to determine which method is best.
Dr. Katz also says that patients who have healthy skin are likely to see the best results. “Sun-damaged skin, for example, is harder to work on. But skin that is in good condition,” he says, “responds better to treatment.”