With a dramatic loss of weight from dieting or weight-reduction surgery, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity needed to conform to the smaller size which results in an unattractive and bothersome excess of skin. Much of this cannot be resolved with nutrition and exercise but must be surgically removed. This sagging skin can result in a number of problems, including poor fit of clothing, painful chafing and rashes, loss of self-esteem.
What is a pannectomy?
The pannus is the excess apron of skin of the lower abdomen below the belly button that usually results from a dramatic loss of weight or post-bariatric surgery. This procedure is often done on patients who are still significantly overweight, but it will help alleviate some of the irritation and other associated health issues. The procedure is performed with a horizontal incision at the pubic area and the excess skin and fat is removed. The remaining skin is then closed. While the incision will be concealed to some extent, there will be some permanent scarring.
What is a lower body lift?
This procedure is to remove excess skin, that does not have a lot of underlying fat, around the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs and buttocks. This procedure is often accompanied with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and/or liposuction.
Learn More about Post-Bariatric Surgery
To learn more about surgery after dramatic weight loss or post-bariatric surgery, call our office at (707) 528-0911 or submit our online form to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Silberg.