American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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one year ago

Do i need surgery?

I have lost at least 150 pounds i have loose skin and was wondering if i should continue to exercise hard or have surgery

Procedure: Body Contouring

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Congratulations on your weight loss! Have you reached your goal weight yet? If you have, and you've been at a stable weight for 4-6 months, then by all means you should consult with an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon. Exercising your core/abdominal muscles is great too, as people with stronger cores tend to recuperate faster and have less pain than those with weaker abdomens. If you have completed childbearing, and your BMI is less than 30, and your health is otherwise good, you would be a good candidate for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Sometimes health insurance plans will cover the removal of the excess abdominal skin, so you might check with your plan to see if it's covered. Use the Find-a-Surgeon tool on this website to locate an ASPS member surgeon near you.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question and photographs and congratulations on your impressive weight loss. At this point if you are at your ideal body weight/size then it would be very reasonable to look into skin excision procedures like a tummy tuck. To me it looks as if you are a good candidate for surgery. Seek out a series of surgeons in consultation to discuss the best treatment option!

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Robert Lewis
ASPS Surgeon

Congratulations on your weight loss. I would echo what has been said. You certainly do appear to have sufficient skin excess to proceed with surgery at this time. The specifics of whatever is planned would be discussed between you and your ABPS certified surgeon. If you were continuing to lose weight then now is probably not the time to proceed. Once your weight has been stable for several months, AND you are maintaining a relatively normal diet and activity level, then consider having a consultation. If you are interested in locating a surgeon near you, please feel free to search this website. If you message me directly I could also give you a few referrals in your area. Thank you again for your inquiry!

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