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Can I prevent or minimize excess skin after surgery?

A lot of factors determine excess skin, and not all of them are in your control. However, there are several things you can do:

  • Lose weight before surgery.
  • Follow the staged meal plan after surgery. Following a balanced diet will help you keep weight off, retain lean muscle, and feel good. Getting enough protein can help you maintain and build lean muscle, which can somewhat minimize loose skin.
  • Take your vitamin and mineral supplements every day. Making sure to take your vitamin and mineral supplements every day is key. Vitamins such as C, A, E, K, and B-complex, and minerals such as zinc are all important for skin health.
  • Stay hydrated with water. After completing your post-surgery diet progression back to solid foods, you should be drinking at least 64 ounces (8 cups) a day. Drinking plenty of water makes your skin healthier and may make your skin more elastic (tight).
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