Excess skin and fat in the lower abdominal area that hangs down like an “apron” is called a pannus, and can have negative effects on both self-esteem and quality of life. The extra fold or folds of skin can:
- Hinder hygiene.
- Cause chronic rashes.
- Make it difficult for clothes to fit properly.
- Put extra stress on the back.
- Make everyday activities difficult such as bending over or walking.
- Cause recurrent skin infections.
- Cause an odor.
- Create a negative body image and greatly affect self-esteem.
Improve Your Health and Get Your Life Back!
Dr. Won is a cosmetic surgeon who is experienced in performing Panniculectomy, the procedure that removes all of the excess skin and fat of the pannus, allowing you to get your health back and lead a normal life again. You’ve done all of the work to lose weight, and you deserve to reap your successes and look and feel your absolute best!
Who is a good candidate for Panniculectomy?
People who have lost a large amount of weight and are experiencing negative side effects due to excess skin in the abdominal area are good candidates for panniculectomy. It is best to have had stable weight for at least six-months, and for women, should not be planning to have further pregnancies. Some, or all of the costs of surgery may be covered by insurance.
What to Expect From the Procedure
Unlike an abdominoplasty, a panniculectomy does NOT tighten muscles or reposition the belly button. It only removes the excess skin and fat of the pannus, using a horizontal incision that runs from hip to hip. Drains are placed to help prevent collections of fluid or blood and are removed after 1 – 2 weeks. Depending on your particular situation, a tummy tuck may be performed at the same time, which would retighten your muscles and reposition the belly button as needed. Dr. Won can go over all of your options with you at the time of consultation.
As with other abdominal surgeries, most people require at least two weeks off from work but need to wait at least six weeks before resuming to normal activities. The first week after panniculectomy is the most uncomfortable due to swelling and bruising, but gets better with time. Patients are required to wear a compression garment for a total of 6 weeks after surgery, around the clock for the first 4 weeks, then only during active parts of the day for an additional two weeks.
Dr. Won, Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. Won is passionate about creating personalized care for each of her patients. She strives to understand your vision and goals for your body, and offers her services and guidance to achieve exactly what you are looking for. She believes that self-confidence is one of the key foundations for living your best life and offers high-quality care, both in surgery and during the recovery process to achieve the best results possible.
It’s natural to be a little anxious before undergoing any type of procedure, however Dr. Won can answer all of your questions and give you an idea of what to expect in order to put your mind at ease. You will be able to realize immediate results after your surgery and your confidence will certainly be boosted, so we hope you are as excited as we are to see the new and improved you!
Dr. Won is an experienced, Board-Certified surgeon. She is also a Fellowship trained cosmetic surgeon through the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, having completed hundreds of procedures. Her experience and passion for what she does ensures that you can feel confident by choosing her for your cosmetic surgery needs.
Are you a Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery?
Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. If you are in the process of losing weight, it is best to wait until you have reached your goal weight before undergoing any kind of cosmetic procedure. Additionally, if you are still planning on having children, it is best to wait until you have had your child and recovered from the pregnancy. The reason for this is because weight fluctuations can affect the long-lasting benefits that are gained from having cosmetic surgery. Additionally, if you are currently a smoker, you will need to stop completely prior to undergoing any type of procedures since smoking can affect both the healing process and the results gained from a procedure. Also, it is important that you have a positive attitude and a realistic outlook about what surgery can do for you. An unhealthy lifestyle and poor overall health and fitness can wreak havoc on your appearance.
During your consultation with Dr. Won, she will go over with you what will be required to get the desired results that you are looking for and advise you what to expect during the recovery process.
Dr. Won is Now Offering “Virtual” Consultations
The safety of our patients is of utmost importance. To limit your exposure and keep you safe, Dr. Won is now offering her Consultation appointment via Telemedicine! In your Consultation, Dr. Won will provide you with all of the information that you need about your options and what procedures would be best for what you want to accomplish. She’ll explain exactly what is involved and give you a price quote.
In accordance with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Won is still available for a no-obligation consultation. You will be able to see her, face to face, through your computer or tablet, and receive her expertise, get your questions answered, and learn more about any procedure that you may be interested in having!
Your appointment will occur real time, as if you were face to face, with no health risk whatsoever to you. We look forward to meeting you!
We also have an insurance coordinator for those wishing to look into insurance coverage for procedures that qualify.
Your Panniculectomy will be performed in Dr. Won‘s surgery center located in Shoreline