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Weight loss can be an incredible journey that restores one’s health and creates necessary changes in a person’s life. However, after grueling months or even years of losing weight, you may look in the mirror and realize your stomach doesn’t look how you thought it would. Oftentimes, weight loss after pregnancy or losing extreme amounts of weight can lead to a pocket of skin around the abdomen that won’t fade no matter how much you sweat.

When your excess stomach skin doesn’t respond to traditional methods, a panniculectomy may help alleviate the challenges this skin can bring. At Allure Esthetics, Dr. Javad Sajan provides every patient with the leading panniculectomy Seattle surgery.

What Is Panniculectomy Surgery?

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A panniculectomy surgery removes excess skin from around the abdomen and provides a flattened appearance to the stomach. It targets the pannus of the stomach, which is the region above the pelvis that typically sits flat against the stomach. However, pregnancy and weight gain can cause the pannus to extend, creating an apron-like pouch hanging over the pelvis.

While other surgeries, like a tummy tuck, can achieve this, a panniculectomy addresses only the skin and works to ease physical discomfort and challenges. A panniculectomy involves cutting away skin that hangs around the abdomen, giving it an “apron-like” appearance.

Tummy Tuck Vs. Panniculectomy

A few key differences exist between a tummy tuck and a panniculectomy and what they provide patients. There can be specific challenges presented when the pannus overhangs over the pelvis. While a tummy tuck addresses cosmetic issues in the abdomen, a panniculectomy also addresses medical challenges. The main point of a panniculectomy is to get rid of the pannus, which is the overdeveloped portion of skin that hangs over the stomach and genitals.

Some key differences between a panniculectomy and a tummy tuck include:


  • Eliminates overhanging skin and fat from the abdomen
  • Only targets the pannus
  • Help eliminate issues like skin infections
  • Helps eliminate skin irritation from overhanging skin
  • Cannot eliminate stretch marks across the entire abdomen
  • Can help relieve lower back pain
  • Does not tighten the muscles
  • Only a skin removal surgery
  • For those who have undergone significant weight loss or have excess overhanging skin

Tummy Tuck

  • Eliminates skin and fat around the abdomen
  • Can include liposuction to remove extra fat
  • Is a more cosmetic-based surgery
  • Tightens the skin and muscles
  • Eliminates stretch marks across the abdomen
  • Can repair split muscles in the abdomen
  • Is for patients who need moderate skin removal
  • Has various procedure options

Who Is A Candidate For A Panniculectomy?

A panniculectomy Seattle is often used for patients who have lost intense weight. The primary goal of a panniculectomy is to remove the pannus, an extended portion of skin that protrudes well over the abdomen and genitalia. This surgery also addresses medical and mobility issues that can come from a pannus. A panniculectomy candidate may include:

  • You have difficulty standing up straight due to excess skin
  • You’re experiencing skin irritation around the pannus
  • You get skin infections around the pannus
  • You have undergone significant weight loss
  • You have excess skin complications from pregnancy
  • You have excess skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise
  • You have excess abdominal skin that hangs over the genitalia
  • You understand the difference between a tummy tuck & panniculectomy
  • You are healthy and do not smoke

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Benefits & Risks

Panniculectomy Benefits

A panniculectomy has many benefits that can change a person’s life. In fact, patients who undergo this surgery can experience a newfound sense of confidence and ease in day-to-day life. Some benefits of a panniculectomy include:

  • Alleviates hygiene complications around the pannus and the genitalia
  • Removes the pannus or “apron” pouch
  • Ability to wear certain new and flattering clothes
  • Relieves back pain
  • Alleviates skin infections underneath the flap of abdominal skin
  • Provides a flatter, contoured stomach
  • Quick recovery
  • Performed by the leading panniculectomy surgeon in Seattle

These are just some outstanding benefits you can gain from a panniculectomy. At Allure Esthetic, Dr. Sajan can change your life with this incredible surgery and restore your sense of self.

Panniculectomy Risks

With any surgery, some risks come with it. However, an experienced cosmetic surgeon can avoid significant risks and have a successful panniculectomy Seattle. Some risks can include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding or swelling
  • Difficulty with healing
  • Scarring
  • Skin necrosis
  • Blood clots or fluid build-up
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia

At Allure Esthetic, Dr. Sajan uses an in-depth consultation to ensure you can safely undergo the procedure.

What To Expect

During a panniculectomy Seattle, you will be placed under general anesthesia to ensure comfort during the surgery. The procedure uses an incision similar to a tummy tuck, easily hidden underneath the bikini line. The entire surgery takes two hours or longer, depending on how much skin needs removal. After surgery, you will be held for a few hours to ensure you are safe to return home with a loved one.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Get A Panniculectomy In Seattle?

You can receive a transformative panniculectomy surgery at Allure Esthetic in Seattle. Dr. Sajan and our incredible staff help patients achieve their goals and provide the leading panniculectomy for those who wish to alleviate complications with the pannus.

How Much Weight Is Taken Off With A Panniculectomy?

No set amount of weight is taken off with a panniculectomy surgery. However, it depends on the amount of skin and fat removed. A panniculectomy Seattle is not a weight loss surgery but a skin removal surgery, but patients can lose some weight due to the excess skin being extracted.

What Is Panniculectomy Recovery Like?

You may experience discomfort and swelling during the first few days after the surgery. However, Dr. Sajan will provide medication and instructions to help promote proper healing. You should avoid any extreme activity or exercise until cleared by Dr. Sajan and have someone assist you with daily tasks for a week or two.

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