For excess skin on the abdomen, there are typically two procedures from which to choose:
- Abdominoplasty: Both the muscle and the skin of the abdomen are tightened during this surgical procedure. Because it is considered a cosmetic surgery, it is not usually covered by insurance.
- Panniculectomy: Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you are experiencing skin breakdown or infection from loose skin or hanging skin on your abdomen. During the surgery, excess skin is removed and tightened, but the muscles are not tightened. Many insurance providers are more likely to cover this procedure.
Some patients also end up with loose skin in the lower body and choose a thigh lift procedure which helps to tighten skin on the thighs and create a leaner look in the legs.
There will be patients who choose not to go under the knife to get rid of loose skin. Compression garments for exercise or normal daily wear can help you to look and feel more confident in your new body.
A Word from Verywell
If you have loose skin after weight loss surgery, your best resource is your bariatric surgeon. He or she will be able to answer questions about your specific condition and make the best recommendation for you. If you’ve got excess skin from weight lost through traditional methods and exercise hasn’t helped, consider speaking to your health care provider. Your excess skin may be both manageable and treatable.