Loose skin often develops with rapid and massive weight loss. The commonest sites for this is the lower abdomen or apron area, the upper arms, thighs and buttocks. Removal of this excess skin is generally considered a cosmetic procedure and plastic surgeons usually charge high fees for this. Dr Wright has trained in plastic surgery and is prepared to offer apronectomy (or abdominoplasty as it is correctly referred to). We do not offer liposuction. This surgery should only be considered when weight loss has finally stopped. This is usually at least 2 years after the original surgery. Hernias and weak muscles are repaired at the same time. It is major surgery and involves a few days in hospital with surgical drains in situ, several weeks off all heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, and the wearing of an abdominal binder or corset for 6 weeks.

Possible complications

  • Wound infection
  • Haemorrhage
  • Seroma (fluid) formation
  • Keloid scarring
  • Lack of symmetry