How to Deal with Sagging Skin After Weight Loss

A derm's advice.

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Q: I'm only 20 years old, but my cheeks are already sagging. I think this was probably due to a dramatic weight loss when I got sick. Now I look much older than my age. Will my skin ever return to normal? If not, is there any remedy for this? — Hannah

A: Hannah, thank you for your question.

If there is significant weight loss, the skin can sag, just like letting the air out of a balloon. 

The good news is that it can improve. The skin can remodel itself, just like after pregnancy.

It can take time, so be patient. I would wait at least six months or more.

Dr. Nowell Solish is one of Canada's top cosmetic dermatologists, with an office at 66 Avenue Road, Suite 1, in Toronto. Call 416-964-8888 to book an appointment.

Disclaimer: This information is for general purposes only and is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Dr. Solish recommends that you consult your physician or other medical professional for insight into your specific condition and medical options.

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