Respected plastic surgeon in Orange County explains surgery that removes excess abdominal skin (panniculectomy)
Many people who have experienced significant weight loss can be left with a large amount of heavy, loose folds of skin around the abdomen. This skin can sag and lose elasticity as a result of being stretched for a long period of time. It can cause rashes above the pubic area and along the groin and hips. Respected plastic surgeon Dr. Thuan Nguyen can perform surgery to remove the excess abdominal skin, called a panniculectomy.
A tummy tuck tightens the underlying stomach muscles, whereas a panniculectomy only removes excess skin and fat. However, some people may have a panniculectomy performed in combination with a tummy tuck. Dr. Nguyen performs these procedures at The Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Orange County.
Candidates for panniculectomies typically suffer from obesity, post-pregnancy issues with excessive fat below the belly button, or have experienced significant weight loss. Patients may be candidates if:
- Excess fat causes health issues including back problems, breakdown of skin, rashes, ulcers, or skin disorders.
- They are non-smokers.
- Their weight has been stabilized for at least one year.
- They are participating in a proper exercise and dietary plan.
- They are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise.
- They have a positive outlook and realistic goals for what surgery can achieve.
If you want to explore your candidacy for a panniculectomy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen. We recommend being prepared to discuss your goals, expectations, and desired outcome. Dr. Nguyen will want to know about any medical conditions, drug allergies, and previous medical treatments. Inform him of any medications you currently take, including vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Dr. Nguyen will review your medical history and evaluate any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors. Photographs will be taken for your medical record. After he examines the area to be treated, he will discuss your options and recommend the right treatment for you. Dr. Nguyen and our team are committed to helping patients look and feel their best by offering a variety of procedures to suit their
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