Body Contouring after major weight loss can also be referred to as the surgical procedure panniculectomy. The purpose of a panniculectomy is to remove hanging fat and skin from the mid to lower section of the body after losing a significant amount of weight. This procedure can be done by itself or as part of a tummy tuck, depending on your condition. It may also be done with another abdominal surgery, for example hysterectomy, abdominal wall repair, or hernia of the belly button.
How is a Panniculectomy Different from a Tummy Tuck, Liposuction or Lipectomy?
Panniculectomy is a functional procedure that removes hanging fat and skin specifically from the mid to lower section of the body. It does not improve the upper abdomen. Insurance may cover the procedure.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, tightens the abdominal muscles, removes excess skin and fat from the mid-section, and contours the abdomen. This procedure is considered to be cosmetic.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses tiny tubes and/or lasers to remove excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. There is no skin tightening involved.
Lipectomy removes hanging fat and skin from areas of the body such as the upper arm or thigh. There is no skin tightening involved.
Is This a Good Option For You?
Panniculectomy may be a good option if:
You have recently lost a significant amount of weight
Your weight has remained relatively stable for about a year
You are physically healthy
You have realistic expectations, as this procedure will not improve the upper abdomen
You do not smoke
If the candidate has had a gastric bypass they need to wait for at least a year before having a panniculectomy. It may also be an option to correct post-pregnancy issues.
The candidate additionally must be participating in proper diet and exercise plans
If you have questions, please contact us. We are always willing to help you determine if this is right for you.