Understanding the Panniculectomy Procedure
- Posted on: Apr 15 2019
At ChidesterMD Plastic and Hand Surgery, patients in and around the area of Salt Lake City, UT who are dealing with excess skin in the lower abdomen are often seen by our professionals to discuss surgical options. A panniculectomy is a procedure that is performed by Dr. Jerry Chidester to remove the panniculus—this is the apron of skin and excess fat that can hang from the midsection and typically occurs after patients have had extensive weight loss.
Why have a panniculectomy performed?
Patients who have a distant panniculus may be experiencing a variety of issues that can impact their daily life. This excess skin and fat can interfere with activities such as exercise and may also contribute to health issues, such as:
• Skin irritation and rashes
• Chronic back pain
Because this condition is often associated as a medical concern, it is typically covered by medical health insurance. This makes it an affordable option for patients who want to improve their quality of life while also feeling better about their overall appearance and the way their clothes fit.
Who is a candidate?
The best candidate for this procedure are patients who are:
• Are experiencing medical conditions due to the excess skin and fat
• Are in good overall health
• Do not smoke
• Have maintained a stable weight for at least once year
• Have realistic surgical expectations
• Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen
During a consultation appointment with Dr. Jerry Chidester, patients can speak to their doctor about the concerns they have and learn more about how the procedure is performed. Patients are also educated on the healing process and recovery that is associated with this surgical condition, and are advised as to what they should expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Ready to discuss panniculectomy and other services available at ChidesterMD Plastic and Hand Surgery?
Book an appointment at the Salt Lake City, UT area practice located at 6322 S. 3000 E, Ste. #170 by calling (801) 839-5557. Our professionals are ready and willing to assist with the services you require to look and feel your best! We accept new and existing patients into our plastic surgery facility.
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