What is panniculectomy surgery?
The goal of panniculectomy surgery is to remove hanging skin and fat from the lower abdomen to create a smoother abdominal contour. A panniculectomy differs from a tummy tuck in that the abdominal muscles are typically not tightened during a panniculectomy.
Common reasons to undergo panniculectomy surgery
There are many reasons why an individual can develop excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. The most common causes are:
- Prior surgery
- Massive weight loss
What panniculectomy surgery can't do
A panniculectomy is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Although the results of a panniculectomy are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss would be advised to postpone a panniculectomy.
A panniculectomy cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.