What is a Panniculectomy?
The lower part of the abdomen is known as the pannus. Panniculectomy is the removal of this lower abdominal skin. It is often performed due to complaints of sweating and rashes in the fold between the lower abdomen and the pubic area. Panniculectomy is a functional procedure more than a cosmetic procedure. The goal of this surgery is to remove the lower hanging skin and improve the patient’s symptoms. This is a procedure that is sometimes covered by insurance. Each insurance plan is different regarding requirements for qualification for a panniculectomy procedure. Many patients choose to combine panniculectomy with abdominoplasty because they want to improve the appearance of their midsection more than what a panniculectomy accomplishes.
Who is a Candidate for Panniculectomy?
Candidates for a panniculectomy procedure are those who are within their ideal weight range but experience discomforts due to loose abdominal skin and tissue. Patients often opt for a panniculectomy when they begin to experience changes to their abdominal area with age, pregnancy, or weight loss. Those who do not need the abdominal muscles tightened can benefit from a panniculectomy alone.
What Happens During a Panniculectomy?
The panniculectomy procedure will be performed using sedation or general anesthesia for your comfort. A horizontal incision will then be made between the pubic hairline and belly button. A vertical incision in the midline may also be required in some cases. The abdominal tissue is then pulled down and excess skin is removed to achieve a flat abdomen. This effectively removes the skin that is overhanging the pubic area and causing the issues.
What will my Recovery be Like?
Following a panniculectomy procedure, the incisions will be bandaged and patients will be asked to wear a support garment to promote healing and reduce swelling. Patients can expect to take about a week off work to recover at home. Pain medication can also be prescribed to manage any discomfort. Dr. Kayastha will provide all the necessary post-op instructions including how to care for your incisions and what movements are restricted.
Lingering swelling can be present for several weeks after your procedure. Once significant swelling has diminished, patients can enjoy a flat abdominal area and improved comfort without bothersome hanging tissue.
During an initial consultation, Dr. Kayastha can examine your midsection to determine if a panniculectomy procedure is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.