SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — She exercised and dieted and lost 150 pounds. Now Briane Barsi is fighting to get rid of something else — the folds of loose skin that hang from her body.

Barsi says that unless she take two showers a day, puts on plenty of powder and stays wrapped in spandex, that loose skin chafes and burns and can even develop painful sores.

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Barsi’s doctor says she needs skin removal surgery but she can’t afford the cost, which runs between $17,000 to $30,000.

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When Barsi was still obese, her insurer would likely have paid for a gastric bypass but she says that getting them to cover the skin removal surgery after losing weight the old-fashion way has been an exercise in frustration.

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