Improve Quality of Life With a Panniculectomy in NJ

Despite significant weight loss, many individuals remain unhappy due to substantial excess skin that persists as an unwelcome reminder. Often, during periods of weight gain, the skin of the lower abdomen stretches beyond its ability to snap back, leaving behind a loose, draping "apron" of skin once the weight is lost. As the fat diminishes, the skin does not automatically contract in response. Such excess tissue can cause discomfort and hygiene issues and limit physical activity. Fortunately, most insurance plans cover panniculectomy surgery if it's deemed medically necessary to alleviate these symptoms and improve quality of life.

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What Is a Panniculectomy?

A panniculectomy involves the surgical removal of a panniculus, which is an apron of skin and fat that hangs over the genitals and thighs. Unlike a tummy tuck, a panniculectomy does not tighten abdominal muscles but focuses solely on removing excess skin and fat to alleviate symptoms caused by its weight. Dr. N. Bill Aydin specializes in performing panniculectomy procedures in New Jersey, addressing this excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen that often results from significant weight loss or post-pregnancy changes so our patients can regain a more comfortable and active lifestyle.

Are You a Candidate for a Panniculectomy?

You might be a candidate for a panniculectomy in NJ with Dr. Aydin if you have a significant overhang of skin and fat in your lower abdomen, especially if you've experienced substantial weight loss, have had multiple pregnancies, or have conditions exacerbated by the excess tissue. 

People who benefit most from this surgery include those who experience the following:

  • Chronic skin irritation or infections under the hanging skin
  • Back pain and mobility issues due to the extra weight
  • Difficulty with everyday activities and personal hygiene
  • Poor self-esteem related to physical appearance 

Dr. Aydin will conduct a thorough assessment to determine if you are fit for the procedure, discuss the potential risks, and outline the most effective treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Why Choose Dr. Aydin?

Dr. N. Bill Aydin is celebrated for his meticulous surgical techniques and artistic finesse in body sculpting. With nearly two decades of experience and dual board certification in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery, he is recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and ranks among the elite 7% of U.S. physicians. Dr. Aydin's unwavering dedication to excellence ensures that every procedure meets the highest standards, achieving results that are both subtle and aesthetically appealing.

The Aydin Center for Plastic Surgery, Skincare, & Lasers fosters a unique connection with each patient, tailoring treatments to align with individual concerns and aspirations through an ethical, compassionate, and personalized care approach. Dr. Aydin's notable meticulousness, kindness, and empathy contribute to an enriched patient experience, cultivating a luxurious and comforting environment. His commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction distinctly positions the practice as a leader in patient-centered care.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Dr. Aydin performs panniculectomies under general anesthesia. The surgery involves the removal of excess loose skin and subcutaneous tissue from the lower abdomen, specifically below the belly button. A curved horizontal incision is made along the lower abdomen to excise the redundant skin. After the excess skin is removed, the incision will be carefully sutured and dressed. Finally, an abdominal support garment will be applied to aid the healing process.

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Panniculectomy vs. Tummy TuckWhat’s the Difference?

In a panniculectomy, Dr. Aydin focuses solely on removing the excess skin and fat that hangs over the lower abdomen using a wedge resection technique. Unlike a tummy tuck, he does not lift or reposition the remaining skin, nor does he tighten the abdominal muscles. The skin and fat are then sutured together in layers. The advantage of this approach is that the procedure is less extensive, reducing the potential for complications. However, a limitation is that it offers minimal improvement to the central and upper abdomen, unlike the tummy tuck, which enhances the entire abdominal area. 

Panniculectomy Recovery in NJ

Most patients can go home the same day after surgery and should begin walking within hours of surgery. Recovery involves managing pain and swelling, which is controlled with prescribed medication. Dr. Aydin advises his patients to wear a compression garment and avoid heavy lifting for at least six weeks. Normal activity can resume gradually, and most patients can return to work within one to three weeks, depending on the nature of their job. 


Panniculectomy FAQ

How long is the procedure?

The duration can vary, typically ranging from 2-5 hours, based on the complexity and the amount of tissue being removed.

What are the risks?

Risks include infection, bleeding, and complications related to anesthesia, along with specific concerns such as poor wound healing and scarring. Dr. Aydin will discuss all potential risks before the surgery.

When can I resume exercise after a panniculectomy?

Gentle walking is encouraged immediately after surgery to aid circulation. More strenuous activities should be avoided until full medical clearance is given, usually six weeks after the operation.

Will my insurance cover a panniculectomy in New Jersey?

Many insurance plans cover a panniculectomy if it's necessary to resolve health issues caused by the excess skin. Dr. Aydin's team will help you understand your insurance benefits.

Ready to Transform Your Life?

Begin your journey to a more comfortable and active lifestyle with our 100% HIPAA-compliant e-consultation. Submit your form today, and our surgical coordinator will contact you to answer any questions and provide a detailed price quote. Don't wait to improve your quality of life—start your transformation now with Dr. Aydin in Paramus, New Jersey.

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