Excess Skin Removal (Panniculectomy)

Dramatic weight loss can create its own problems. One of the main issues faced by people who have lost significant weight in a short time is excess stretched skin and leftover fat on their bodies. If left intact, the excess skin can lead to rashes, infections and other skin problems. This article explores panniculectomy, the procedure to remove excess skin and fat left behind in the stomach area after major weight loss. 

People try in so many ways to lose weight. Weight loss has its own industry, supported by the many people who seek ways to shed unwanted kilos, and the methods and products that claim to help people shed them. Sometimes those who try to lose weight succeed, a happy outcome that should be celebrated. But people who lose a lot of weight quickly may need additional help before they can actually enjoy their newfound figures. Dramatic weight loss—as a result of bariatric surgery or other radical weight loss methods—can leave behind a lot of excess skin. The most troublesome are skin folds that hang over the thighs and pelvic area. In some people these skin folds can extend as low as their knees, over their genitals, hips and around their backs, interfering with daily activities like walking, standing and sitting.

One way to avoid this problem, of course, is to lose weight slowly, allowing the skin to repair itself and shrink gradually. But that is not an adequate solution for many people. People who have achieved dramatic weight loss need help, and soon.

If nothing is done, the hanging folds of excess skin and fat can lead to serious health problems including:

  • Back problems (due to weight and posture issues)
  • Skin damage or breakdown of skin
  • Rashes due to chafing
  • Ulcers and abscesses
  • Skin infections

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