Panniculectomy

Panniculectomy involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. This procedure is commonly performed for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight.

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What is a Panniculectomy?

Panniculectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the pannus, or the “apron” of skin and fat that hangs down from the stomach, causing physical and emotional discomfort. The pannus can develop due to weight gain, pregnancy, or age. This “apron” can cause hygiene problems and make it difficult to move around or exercise, cause skin irritations, rashes, and infections. Panniculectomy is often performed in conjunction with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), but can also be performed as a standalone procedure.

Panniculectomy candidates are generally healthy individuals with good skin elasticity who have realistic expectations for the results of the surgery. The ideal candidate for a panniculectomy is someone who has lost a significant amount of weight and has excess skin and fat that hangs down from the lower abdomen.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes 1-2 hours to complete. During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen and remove the excess skin and fat. The incisions will then be closed with stitches.

After the surgery, you can expect to experience some pain and swelling. You will also likely have drains placed in the incisions to help remove any excess fluid. These drains will be removed by your surgeon’s recommendation, typically 1 – 3 weeks after surgery. The results are permanent and designed to provide a flatter and firmer stomach area right after surgery. Many of our patients report an improvement in self-esteem and quality of life after surgery.

If you are considering panniculectomy surgery, contact New Hope Surgical to consult with our board-certified surgeons to discuss your goals and expectations.