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When an individual loses a significant amount of weight, it’s inevitable that their body changes in the way it looks. Sometimes, patients will feel like they’re concerned that they will lose too much weight. As a matter of fact, most people don’t lose too much weight, but it may look like a patient has lost too much weight to someone who hasn’t seen them for a long time and the last time they saw them, that person was 80 or 100 pounds heavier. One thing we do expect, though, is that patients will have some degree of laxity (or looseness) of their skin. Some patients will have very elastic skin that snaps right back and they really don’t have any excess skin to worry about. However, other patients (and I should say most patients) who lose a significant amount of weight will have some degree of saggy skin. Sometimes it’s not that much and sometimes there’s a large amount of skin that can be removed. Once it’s removed, an individual looks fairly normal.

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