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Panniculectomy Plastic Surgery Operation

Surgical removal of abdominal panniculus, or pannus, fat apron
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Panniculectomy Plastic Surgery Operation

The plastic surgical procedure known as panniculectomy is designed to remove excess skin and body fat. The name derives from the 'apron' of abdominal fat and skin (abdominal panniculus, or pannus) that is sometimes found on patients suffering from obesity, or on patients who have experienced massive weight loss.

Difference Between Panniculectomy and Abdominoplasty

A panniculectomy may be conducted as a single procedure or combined with an abdominoplasty, depending on the patient's condition. However, panniculectomy is quite different from abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck). Abdominoplasty tightens muscle as well as removing skin and fat, but a panniculectomy deals exclusively with excess skin and fat. A panniculectomy may also be performed with another abdominal surgery, such as hysterectomy.

Difference Between Panniculectomy and Lipoplasty

Liposuction (lipoplasty) removes only surplus fat, whereas panniculectomy removes surplus fat and skin.

Panniculectomy Procedures

The fat and skin apron (abdominal panniculus) is graded according to its size and extent. The higher the grade, the more extensive the operation and the greater the complications.

Abdominal Panniculus Grading System

  • Grade 1. Pannus apron reaches hairline and mons pubis, but not the private areas.
  • Grade 2. Pannus apron reaches private areas level with the upper thigh crease.
  • Grade 3. Pannus apron reaches upper thigh.
  • Grade 4. Pannus apron reaches mid thigh.
  • Grade 5. Pannus apron reaches knees.

See also:
Panniculectomy as Morbid Obesity Treatment
Panniculectomy After Weight Loss

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