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.

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