Almost every plastic surgeon will tell you that one of the most important factors for good results post-surgery is how elastic your skin is.

“Skin elasticity is key for good results, especially for procedures like liposuction in areas like the stomach and face,” says Campbell, CA, plastic surgeon Kamakshi Zeidler, MD.

“Nothing really tightens the skin, even with all the technologies out there. And if the skin is naturally loose, a procedure like liposuction isn’t going to change it and can actually make the skin worse—sometimes it can even make it hang more.”

If skin isn’t able to snap back into place, it won’t be able to handle the effects of liposuction and you may be left with loose, droopy skin. Patients with poor skin tone and laxity benefit from removing the excess skin.