Panniculectomy St. Petersburg

Panniculectomy

A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure to remove hanging skin and fat from the lower abdomen, therefore creating a smoother abdominal contour. The excess pannus or “apron” can make it difficult to maintain good hygiene and can also make it difficult to perform physical activities such as walking. Panniculectomy should not be confused with an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, in that the abdominal muscles are not tightened nor is the belly button repositioned during a panniculectomy.

During the initial recovery phase, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, this can last several weeks. Proper care and medication can help ease these side effects. It is recommended that patients wear an elastic compression garment which supports the tissues as they heal. Avoid putting any pressure on the area, especially strenuous exercise, for several weeks following the surgical procedure. Many panniculectomy patients are back to work within 2-3 weeks after the surgery.