How to Avoid Skin Problems After Gastric Bypass

By Molly O'Brien

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the elective methods used for the treatment of obesity. In fact, it is the most prevalent bariatric surgery performed in the United States. The operation changes the size of the stomach, making it smaller, causing the individual to become full after eating smaller amounts of food. The majority of people experience rapid weight loss within the first six months, however the skin that covers it gets left behind. This loose, hanging skin becomes a source of discomfort and insecurity for many people. Unfortunately, there is no way to definitively determine who will be susceptible to skin problems post weight loss. Dr. Gregory Caputy says age is certainly a factor. The skin of a younger individual contains higher levels of collagen; it's elastic and more likely to bounce back after changes in body composition. After undergoing surgery and lifestyle changes to improve your health and physique it can be frustrating to encounter still more problems. There are, however, some things you can do to combat the skin issue post gastric bypass.

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How To Avoid Skin Problems After Gastric Bypass

Tips for maintaining skin quality after weight loss:

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Easy at home strength training

Weight lifting:

While this will not completely eliminate skin looseness, it will assist in building up underlying muscle, giving your figure increased shape and tone. Most times rapid weight loss will deplete muscle stores as well as fat. Weight training will help replenish the lost muscle, thereby helping fill out the excess skin. To begin, start weight training one to two times a week. Make sure that you allow for one rest day between sessions.

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Keep hydrated!

Stay hydrated:

Keep your body hydrated. Skin is the largest organ in the body and it requires water to function at its best. Rapid weight loss can cause dehydration. When the skin is dehydrated, it will not rebound as well. To maintain proper hydration, drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. (Caffeine-free herbal tea may be counted in your daily water intake).

Supplement:

Certain vitamins and minerals are particularly good for the skin. Zinc is a trace mineral that is vital in the maintenance of skin cells. Vitamin C and vitamin E also contribute to skin health. Consult a health care professional for the proper dosage information.

Use aloe:

Aloe vera juice is great for skin regeneration and healing stretch marks. Apply generously on the affected areas. Aloe vera juice can be found at most health food stores.

Skin brushing:

Skin brushing involves treating dry skin with a large body brush and creating small circles around the areas of loose skin. This treatment is said to tighten the skin and improve circulation. Use this treatment daily--shortly after gastric bypass surgery and for the duration of the weight loss period.

Tips

  • If you have trouble drinking enough water, add lemon to it to enhance the flavor.

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