How Can I Get Rid Of My Loose Abdominal Skin?

Q: I am 28 years old and I have lost about 95 pounds over the past year and a half. While I am very happy with my weight loss, I now have.a bit of loose skin around my stomach area. I work out a lot and do a lot of core work and abdominal crunches but this loose skin won’t go away. Is there some type of cream or device that will tighten this skin or do I need plastic surgery?

A:  You are to be congratulated on your weight loss efforts and results. Reduction of fat can be rewarded with diet and exercise but your loose abdominal skin will not. Skin is not metabolically responsive like fat nor can it be toned like muscle. Do not waste your money and hopes on miracles in a jar or an exercise device. Only the manufacturer will benefit from your purchase. You will need to consider some form of a tummy tuck to get rid of this loose skin and tighten your abdomen. Whether the scar and the surgery expense is worth it merits a thorough discussion with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana