Panniculectomy and Abdominoplasty are frequently confused with each other.  Knowing the difference can prepare you for your consultation and to better align expectations.  Below is a brief explanation of each of these two popular surgeries.

An Overview of Panniculectomy

Individuals who have experienced massive weight loss sometimes have lower abdominal skin that hangs over their underwear line and pubic area. This skin is called pannus. This excess skin can cause hygiene issues, uncomfortable rashes, and difficulty performing physical activities.

Panniculectomy is designed to remove the abdominal pannus. Removing the abdominal pannus can eliminate problems with moisture, rashes, discomfort and activity restrictions.  Physical activities that were previously difficult to engage in become much easier.

Some insurance companies may consider panniculectomy as a covered benefit.  However, many do not!  It is important to call your insurance company to find out if this is a covered benefit and what criteria must be met. Request that your insurance company send you a copy of the requirements they have laid out for their members to qualify for panniculectomy.

While you will likely receive cosmetic benefits with panniculectomy, it is not a cosmetic procedure. The goal is to address medical problems.

An Overview of Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is also referred to as a tummy tuck. This procedure is designed for cosmetic purposes. The purpose of an abdominoplasty is to remove loose skin on the entire abdomen. Additionally, the abdominal muscles may sometimes be tightened in the midline if they have been stretched.

Can Panniculectomy and Abdominoplasty Be Combined?

Yes. Both procedures can be performed at the same time in order to address medical conditions caused by the pannus and improve the way the midsection looks.

It is important to find out if your insurance company will cover both procedures. They may cover panniculectomy, and you will have to pay for abdominoplasty out of pocket. This is usually a good option for individuals who want to address medical issues and cosmetic issues after massive weight loss.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you would like to address hanging skin in your abdominal area, contact us today to learn more. Christopher Newman, D.O. is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is interested in helping those in the St. Petersburg, FL, area look and feel their best.