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Does everyone have excess skin after surgery?

Think of your skin like a balloon. When you first blow it up, it’s small and tight, but as the air is let out it doesn’t return to the original shape. After surgery, your fat cells will shrink as you lose weight, but your skin still has the same surface area. That’s what causes loose or excess skin. You will have a lot of changes between 6 and 18 months after surgery. Your appearance depends on several things, including:

  • How much weight you lose
  • How quickly you lose weight
  • Your age
  • Your genetics
  • Whether or not you exercise or smoke
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