As a result of gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, or adjustable gastric band surgery, drastic weight loss usually occurs. This weight loss can result in one of the more common bariatric surgery side effects, an excess of hanging skin. The severity of this problem depends on many factors, including how much weight has been lost, your skin type, the speed at which the weight was lost, and the amount of exercise you perform.

After a large amount of weight is lost, you may find yourself with excess skin in places you never knew existed. The logical question is “What happens to the excess skin?” Weight loss after surgery continues for about 18-24 months. After that, your body is equilibrated and ready for additional surgery to remove excess skin. This surgery is typically performed by a plastic surgeon experienced in this field. The plastic surgeon will evaluate you and help you decide what areas need “tightening” up. Documentation in your chart (at your surgeon’s office) at each visit about problems such as rashes under the skin folds and the weight of the skin on your abdomen causing backaches will ‘sometimes’ persuade your insurance company that removal is medically necessary. This usually applies to the loose abdominal skin only. Alternatively, there are many plastic surgeons who are flexible and may be able to work out a payment schedule with you.

New York Bariatric Group Plastic Surgery

We have a dedicated cosmetic surgeon who can perform body lifts and other plastic surgery procedures, following weight loss. Visit for more information.

If you have any other questions about bariatric surgery side effects such as excess skin, please feel free to browse this section of our website or call the New York Bariatric Group at 866-569-7049 today.



Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs