Losing a large amount of weight may leave behind hanging flaps of skin on the lower abdomen. As a triple board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, John R. Barbour, MD, FACS, offers panniculectomy surgery for men and women in the Washington, DC area, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and surrounding communities in Virginia.
What is a Panniculectomy?
Being obese or severely overweight stretches the skin beyond the point where it can stay contoured to the body after losing weight. What is left behind are flaps of skin that hang on the lower abdomen. Diet and exercise cannot restore the elasticity of the skin, so panniculectomy surgery is the only option. The surgery removes the flaps of skin to give the abdominal area a contoured appearance.
How is Panniculectomy Different from a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty addresses excess fat, loose skin and lax muscles in the midsection. A panniculectomy only addresses loose flaps of skin.
What are the Benefits of a Panniculectomy?
- May reduce bacterial infections that develop within loose folds of skin
- Restores a contoured appearance to the abdomen
- May improve the way clothing fits
What is the Procedure for a Panniculectomy?
A panniculectomy will require general anesthesia, so you should be in good health prior to the procedure. If you have not maintained your current weight for at least 12 months, Dr. Barbour may recommend you delay the surgery until your weight is stabilized. The horizontal incision is made between the navel and the pubic area. Once the opening is made in the skin, Dr. Barbour pulls the skin taut, removes the excess and closes the incision.
What Should I Expect After a Panniculectomy?
Although a panniculectomy is less extensive than a tummy tuck, you will still have several months of recovery. We discuss aftercare before you leave our office.
Is the Cost of a Panniculectomy Covered by Insurance?
Depending on the situation and the type of insurance a panniculectomy may be covered by medical insurance.
A panniculectomy is a cosmetic procedure for flaps of skin on the lower abdomen. Dr. Barbour offers the procedure for men and women in the Washington, DC area, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and surrounding communities in Virginia. Contact Barbour Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.