Confusion always arises between tummy tuck and panniculectomy. The difference is, panniculectomy is more ideal for those who’ve lost a significant amount of weight, causing excessive amount of fat and skin under the belly button area whereas tummy tuck is for those who’ve got excessive fat and skin on the abdominal area.
Tummy tuck and panniculectomy is however combined together at times. Panniculectomy removes the pannus (excess skin and adipose tissue) that hangs down over the genitals and/or thighs. Often, the pannus is also known as the “apron”. Panniculectomy can also be done on its own.
What to expect from the procedure? Much like all surgical procedures, there might be discomfort, swelling and bruising. Hence it is important to heed all the maintenance advises given by the plastic surgeon.
Recovery will take a few weeks but patients would be able to continue with daily non-strenuous activities after about two weeks, depending on patient’s own comfortability.
Panniculectomy involves creating an incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. The length of incision will depend on the amount of skin to be removed. Pulling of the naval down or completely removing it will depend on the size of the pannus.
The procedure would take about three to five hours. Patient will be under general anesthesia.