The Loose Women panellist is heading for the operating table

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After losing more than 10 stone, Lisa Riley has been a confident speaker on how healthy lifestyle changes can transform your life.

And to make the most of her new slender figure, the former Emmerdale actress is set to undergo surgery to get rid of excess skin.

However, every operation comes with risks – and Lisa has very publicly admitted some deep-rooted fears about the procedure, bursting into tears on live TV.

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As an occasional Loose Women panellist, 40-year-old Lisa is attuned to opening up about personal issues in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers.

And Wednesday’s edition (15th February) was no different, as she prepared to take a break for the show for her operation to get rid of hanging skin caused by her extraordinary weight loss.

‘I just personally want to thank all the Loose Women viewers, and the support I have on social media has been unbelievable and I hope that’s going to get me through the next five weeks, which is going to be desperately hard.

‘People have judged me and said what they want to say but excuse the pun, I’ve become thick skinned,’ she admitted. However, things got particularly emotional when she spoke more of the details of the procedure, particularly the anaesthetic.

‘I’ve got to go into this with my eyes wide open but I’m petrified about it, look I’m shaking, about going under the anaesthetic.’

Lisa gets emotional (Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Luckily, co-panellists Jane Moore, Rustie Lee, Anne Diamond and Andrea McLean were on hand to offer hugs and some words of encouragement, assuring her she would wake from the surgery.

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‘It’s in two parts,’ Lisa said of the procedure. Motioning first towards her stomach, she said: ‘The excess skin, a back lift, my lady garden and thighs – that’s the first part.

‘My breasts and arms will be the last.’

Sending love to Lisa – we hope she has a smooth and speedy recovery.