Excess, low-hanging skin in the lower belly can cause various discomforts and affect your daily life.
A panniculectomy removes this excess skin and reduces issues that come with it, such as irritation and rashes.
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Panniculectomy is surgery to remove excess skin (known as pannus or an “apron") from the lower part of the stomach.
It differs from a tummy tuck because it's not a cosmetic operation. Surgeons use panniculectomy solely to relieve symptoms of an overhanging apron of skin.
The procedure involves a scar across the lower stomach area.
People of any age with excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen may be right for this procedure.
Panniculectomy might be right for you have your excess skin causes symptoms such as:
Some people with an apron of skin may also be candidates for a standard tummy tuck. Plastic surgeons can perform both at the same time.
People with a lower BMI at the time of surgery will get better results.
Your plastic surgeon will do a thorough exam of your belly and look for any scars from prior surgery.
In addition to the exam, your surgeon will assess your overall health.
They'll look for any issues that could cause complications, such as:
You and your plastic surgeon will also talk about:
To help get ready for your procedure, your care team will talk to you about:
A panniculectomy is a major surgery that involves a lifelong scar. It will not correct loose skin on the upper abdomen.
In addition to the risks linked to anesthesia, risks of panniculectomy can include:
This procedure isn't right for everyone. Your risks may be greater or differ than those of others.
Your plastic surgeon will review all potential risks and complications with you prior to surgery.
Most panniculectomy surgeries take place in a hospital as outpatient surgery. Some people may need to stay overnight.
Be sure to ask someone to drive you to and from the hospital.
You will receive general anesthesia, then your plastic surgeon will:
In most cases, you:
After panniculectomy, you can expect:
Some health insurance plans cover this operation.
Check your plan for their coverage requirements, such as three months of prescription creams or oral antibiotics.
Call 1-877-639-9688 to discuss payment options with UPMC experts.