How to Tighten Skin After Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a popular plastic surgery option for weight loss. Liposuction involves removing pockets of fat from troublesome areas such as the abdominal area, hips, upper arms and thighs. A common complaint from patients who lose fat after liposuction is that there is extra, loose skin, which is generally on the stomach, thighs and arms. Loose skin can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and can cause skin problems such as rashes and irritation. Additionally, the extra loose folded layers of skin can accumulate sweat and dirt causing sores. Fortunately, there are a few methods you can apply to tighten loose skin after liposuction.

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Step 1

Get intense pulse light skin tightening treatment. This non surgical cosmetic procedure involves bombarding loose skin with radio-frequency waves. The waves penetrate deep into your skin, tightening it from within. It is very effective in tightening loose skin on the buttocks, thighs and arms. Consult a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for more information about this procedure.

Step 2

Do strength training exercises such as resistance training, weight training and isometric training, for one hour daily to help tighten loose skin. Performing these types of exercises helps fill in the loose skin space with lean muscle and tightens the tissues supporting your skin. Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Step 3

Drink 11 to 12 glasses of water every day to help reduce loose skin after liposuction to help tighten and hydrate loose skin. Drinking water also helps proper liver function while keeping your skin moisturized and tight.

Step 4

Talk to a plastic surgeon about body contouring plastic surgery. This type of surgery is recommended to get rid of loose skin if you have difficulty losing it with diet and exercise. Body contouring comprises many different kinds of body-sculpting techniques used my cosmetic surgeons to reshape any area of your body. These techniques include tummy tuck and body lifting techniques.

Tip

Skin takes time to recover from liposuction. Be sure to allow at least six months for full healing before pursuing further surgical options.

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