A fat apron is the term used to describe the result of extreme fat loss on the abdomen, which is a burden to many people: The skin, which was previously stretched due to severe overweight, does not or hardly recede at all and remains as an unnecessary skin apron. Formerly overweight people have achieved great success in losing weight, but still feel uncomfortable in their bodies and are heavily burdened by the unpleasant memory. To a large extent, a fat apron depends on the genetic make-up of the individual.
Some people suffer from poorer connective tissue that hardly or not at all regresses. In addition, the characteristics of a fat apron depend strongly on the initial weight, the weight lost and the age of the person concerned. There are, however, measures to reduce the extent.
These include a slow reduction, which allows the skin to regress. A healthy lifestyle, such as a balanced diet and exercise, also supports the body. Targeted abdominal exercises can strengthen the centre of the body. If none of the measures bear fruit and the affected person suffers severely from a sagging abdomen, a surgical intervention may be the last resort. It is possible for the health insurance company to cover the costs.
How can I tighten the skin on my stomach if I have lost weight?
Especially after a large weight loss within a short period of time, many people may have excess skin on their stomach. At a young age, the skin is still more flexible and recedes with weight loss. Later, or due to poorer connective tissue for genetic reasons, fat aprons can remain after weight loss.
A controlled weight loss over a longer period of time can at least partially reduce this. There are also ointments and creams that can strengthen the connective tissue. Sports and abdominal exercises can also lead to an improvement.
In the case of extreme aprons of fat, often only a surgical procedure in which the stretched skin is removed can help. These are carried out by plastic surgeons and can be partly covered by health insurance.