The aftermath of weight loss is often expected and welcomed: higher energy levels, smaller pants, and a more defined body.
But there is one unexpected challenge: keeping skin tight while losing weight.
This unwanted change can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and leave you confused about what to do next.
Read on to learn how to keep skin tight while losing weight and find out what causes the skin to stretch in the first place.
Why does loose skin after weight loss happen?
Well, in short, it’s usually linked with rapid weight loss, so it’s a common conundrum among people who undergo bariatric surgery for massive weight loss (more than 100 pounds), explains Jordan Jacobs, M.D., an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
In fact, about 70 percent of people who undergo the procedure are left with excess skin, some studies find.
“Losing weight rapidly doesn’t give our skin adequate time to gradually contract and this results in loose, hanging skin,” he says.