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Losing Weight and the Skin



I have lost weight and hope to lose more after years of neglect. Is it possible for the skin to shrink as the fat slowly disappears?

I see old women and men with droopy skin a lot, especially when they`ve lost weight. Do you have to get a "skin-ectomy" with significant weight loss? How expensive is it?


The skin does have the capacity to shrink following weight loss. However , there is a limit and the time it takes for the skin to shrink may be slower than the time for loss of fat tissue if the weight loss is very rapid. Thus in some cases, excess skin can be removed following significant weight loss.

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Kevin D Cooper, MD Kevin D Cooper, MD
Professor of Dermatology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University