Bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, is generally recommended for patients who are severely obese and unable to lose weight through more conservative means. After the excess weight is lost, some patients may be left with excess hanging skin and fat that sags over the thighs and genital region. This is known as a pannus, and while it can be a cosmetic issue, it can also cause skin chafing, rashes, ulcers, and back problems. Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles post-bariatric surgery panniculectomy expert, may recommend removing it to prevent further problems and to keep your skin and body healthy.
The procedure is known as a panniculectomy. Dr. Kerendian, expert in post-bariatric surgery panniculectomy in Los Angeles, can perform the pannus removal alone or in conjunction with an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, which tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess fat in the area.
Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles post-bariatric surgery panniculectomy expert, may recommend pannus removal if you:
• Have lost a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery
• Have since maintained a stable weight
• Have any pre-existing health issues under good control
You may also be a candidate for a panniculectomy if you have lost a large amount of weight through diet and exercise or have retained a pannus after pregnancy.
Before your procedure, Dr. Kerendian will perform a complete physical exam and take a medical history in order to ensure the safest experience possible for you. We will explain what you need to do before your procedure, as well as provide you with aftercare instructions. A panniculectomy is generally performed under general anesthesia, and the amount of time it takes will vary based on the extent of treatment and any additional procedures you are having performed, such as a tummy tuck or breast surgery.
After your procedure, you will need to avoid heavy lifting for a period. You may also need to wear a special compression garment to give you additional support. Some swelling, bruising, and draining are normal. Dr. Kerendian will prescribe medications as needed. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with expert in post-bariatric surgery panniculectomy in Los Angeles.