A Panniculectomy is performed to treat excess hanging skin around the abdominal apron (the Pannus), in most cases as the result of significant weight loss. The procedure specifically targets the area under the belly button by creating a horizontal incision through which the excess hanging skin and tissue are surgically removed. The remaining skin is then lifted and stitched to give a more contoured appearance.
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia and can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other types of procedures depending on what the desired results are. Some women choose to have this procedure the day they give birth so they can have an immediately flat stomach. A short stay in hospital will be required and results should be visible within a couple of weeks once the bruising and swelling has subsided.
Who is a suitable candidate for Panniculectomy?
The most common candidates for a Panniculectomy procedure are those that have a large amount of loose folds of skin overhanging from their lower abdomen, typically following weight loss.
How long will the Panniculectomy recovery take?
Post a Panniculectomy surgery, most patients begin walking within hours but take at least 1 week off from work to rest. We suggest avoiding full exercise regimes for approximately 6 weeks.
What are the risks of Panniculectomy surgery?
Possible risks of Panniculectomy surgery include delayed wound healing, infection, venous blood clots, bleeding or Seroma (fluid collection). Each of these may be treated effectively with prompt medical care.
Will I be left with a noticeable scar after a Paniculectomy?
A scar will be present across the abdomen from hip to hip.
What's the difference between a Panniculectomy and a Tummy Tuck
Both Panniculectomy and Tummy Tuck are major surgical procedures targeting the abdomen in removal of fat. There is however a significant difference between the two. A Panniculectomy removes excess skin folds of fat, whereas a Tummy Tuck will involve the removal of fat and tightening of the abdominal muscle.