Is excess, hanging skin and fat on your lower abdomen creating discomfort or preventing you from participating in certain activities? There are many reasons why excess skin and fat may develop in the lower abdomen, including age, hereditary, pregnancy, prior surgery, and massive weight loss. A panniculectomy can help to remove this excess tissue for a more confident and comfortable you!

What is a 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.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Panniculectomy?

Individuals who have excess abdominal tissue that hangs down past the panty line often find that it interferes with activity and leads to rashes and skin breakouts due to the inability to control moisture. However, they may still have too much fatty tissue in the upper abdomen to undergo an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. These individuals can often benefit from a panniculectomy procedure.

The Panniculectomy Procedure

During the panniculectomy procedure, a horizontal incision between the hipbones is made. The length of the incisions will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Through these incisions, excess fat and skin will be removed. The remaining skin and tissues will then be pulled together and closed with sutures.

Loved the whole experience!! Dr.Newman was excellent I’m now looking into getting more work done. – Avais M.

Downtime and Recovery

During the initial recovery phase, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort which 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. Be sure to follow Dr. Newman’s post-op instructions to ensure optimal results.

If you are interested in learning more about the panniculectomy procedure in St. Petersburg, FL contact our office today!