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Panniculectomy Beverly Hills

Despite successfully losing a large amount of weight, many women and men find themselves dissatisfied when faced with a large amount of excess skin left over as a reminder. The lower abdominal skin can often get stretched past the point of return during weight gain, and a loose draping “apron” of skin can become apparent after weight loss.

As fat disappears, unfortunately the skin does not necessarily shrink along with it, and the leftover loose, excess skin can only be removed surgically. Panniculectomy is a reconstructive surgical procedure that removes the excess skin left behind by dramatic weight loss (abdominal panniculectomy), effectively getting rid of what is referred to as the abdominal pannus (Dr. Patel sometimes combines a panniculectomy with liposuction). Please note this procedure is not the same as an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, which contours the abdomen and provides a tighter sleeker abdomen from top to bottom.

Pannus Removal in Beverly Hills: Treatment Overview

First, you will meet with Dr. Anita to share your concerns and discuss the results that you hope to achieve. This will be followed by a review of your medical history and a focused physical exam. Dr. Anita will then go over the risks and activity restrictions, and give you time to ask questions. Prior to the surgery, you will fill out consent forms. General anesthesia will be administered, and we recommend that you arrange to have someone drive you to and from the appointments.

The surgery will consist of surgical reduction of excess loose skin and subcutaneous tissue of the lower abdomen (below the belly button only). A curved horizontal incision is made along the lower abdomen, and excess skin will be removed. (Tightening of the underlying muscles is not done with panniculectomy, though is done if combining the procedure with an abdominoplasty.) The incision will then be sutured and dressed, and an abdominal garment will be applied.

How Long is a Panniculectomy Surgery?

2-4 hours.




Post-op Activity

Walking is encouraged same day of surgery to prevent blood clots. Avoid strenuous activity or activity that places incisions on stretch. No full exercise until 6 weekspost-op.

Return to work

1-2 weeks.

Please Note: These are general estimates that may or may not apply to you individually.

Panniculectomy May Be Covered by Insurance - Financing Options Available

Payments for nonsurgical treatments are made prior to or on the date of service, and payments for surgery are required to be paid in full 3 weeks prior to the surgical date.

We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, and cashier checks. We also work with two third-party financing companies, Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit. You can find more information and apply for credit online using the links below.

Find Out If You Qualify for a Panniculectomy


At the Clinic

During your consultation, Dr. Anita will take time to learn more about your motivations and goals, understand your concerns, and discuss the treatment in detail. She will go through your medical history and perform a physical exam in order to determine the best plan to reach your goals, and make sure you are a good candidate for surgery.

The Surgery

The day of surgery, Dr. Anita will meet with you in the pre-operative area, review the planned procedure, and mark the surgical site. This is also a time you can go over any additional questions you may have prior to surgery.


After surgery, you will be provided with postoperative care instructions, and instructions for follow-up. Dr. Anita will see you for the first postoperative visit 1-2 days after surgery, with an additional visit the week after for drain removal if appropriate. Additional postoperative visits are typically spaced at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery.

Panniculectomy Surgery FAQs

What is a hanging stomach called?

The overhanging “apron” of skin on the lower stomach is called an abdominal pannus. Surgical removal of this skin apron is called panniculectomy.

What is an apron belly?

Apron belly refers to the loose redundant skin that hangs off of the abdomen, usually draping over the top of the pubic bone.

What is a pannus?

A pannus is another word for the flap of loose skin along the lower abdomen.

What is a panniculectomy?

A panniculectomy is a surgical excision of the “apron” of skin from the lower abdomen. In contrast to a tummy tuck, a panniculectomy refers to only removing the excess skin between the belly button and pubic bone. A panniculectomy does not include repositioning the belly button, tightening the abdominal muscles, or tightening the skin of the entire abdomen.

How much weight can you lose with a panniculectomy?

Since a panniculectomy removes only skin and fat, the amount of weight loss from surgery is surprisingly lower than one might think. Typical amounts can vary between 4-12 pounds.

Is a panniculectomy covered by insurance?

Panniculectomy may be covered by insurance if you meet specific criteria set by the insurance company. The criteria varies based on your insurance, but commonly asked questions include what symptoms you are having related to the excess skin, how long you have had them, what conservative therapies you have tried, how long you have tried the therapies, the physical extent your abdominal pannus, and record of your weight. Photographs and/or additional documentation from other physicians are sometimes required by insurance to make a determination.

How much is skin removal surgery?

The cost for excess skin removal surgery will depend on many factors. To provide you with accurate pricing information, we invite you to book a complimentary Pre-Consult Phone Call with our Patient Care Coordinator by calling 310-205-0212. During that phone call, important information will be discussed and ballpark pricing will be provided.

How painful is skin removal surgery?

Panniculectomy is not as painful as a tummy tuck, where most of the pain is from the muscle tightening. However, you will still be sore along the incision, and this pain is usually the worst the first few days after surgery, and then significantly lessens, and may not require much in terms of pain medication past the first few days.

Client Reviews

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" I would like to say that Dr. Patel and her medical and office staff are professional and courteous. From my initial consultation visit until the present which is post-surgery 3 months. They smile and look you in the eye. They make you feel comfortable enough to express your true desire for your appearance and they sincerely endeavor to give to you the closest possible result. Dr. Patel and her team took such good care of me. She anticipated my needs and was attentive to my wound care and pain maintenance. I am pleased with my tummy and thighplasty. I am looking forward to next year when I continue with a breast reduction and lift and upper arms. "


" Dr. Patel and her staff are absolutely AMAZING!!! After having my lap-band in 2009, I was ready to get rid of my loose skin for good! I decided to have a tummy tuck and a thigh lift. =) I met with 5 different surgeons before I was referred to Dr. Anita Patel. She was finally the one!!!! Her assistant Jenny is just as amazing as she is!!! I was super nervous about having these two procedures done, but I had Dr. Patel and Jenny right there the whole way!!! They went above and beyond to meet all of my concerns. =) I had my surgeries 11 days ago and I am super happy with my results so far!!! I can't wait to see them when I am fully recovered! I will be having a breast lift/augmentation next! Everyone from the front desk to the operating room are just AMAZING!!!! "


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" I had my lap band surgery three years ago now I was ready for my tummy tuck. But from the horror stories I heard I kept putting it off. I went to see two other doctors and wasn't happy, until I met Dr. Patel and her amazing staff. The first day I met them I knew I wanted her to be the one to do my surgery for me. Everyone was fantastic from Dr. Patel's staff to the after care. "


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