What is the Difference Between a Panniculectomy and a Tummy Tuck?

panniculectomy

A panniculectomy is typically performed on patients who have an over-hanging apron of skin and fat on their waist-line. 

A panniculectomy involves the removal of this over-hanging skin and fat and is focused on a specific, very targeted area. The incision line is similar (but not identical) to the incision line used in a tummy tuck.

A panniculectomy does not involve changing the position of your belly button. This procedure may result in a downward migration of your belly button or a loss of it completely, this depends on the size of the over-hanging tissue to be removed. If you wish to keep your belly button, this can be paid for privately.

A panniculectomy is a good option for patients suffering from skin, hygiene, or mobility issues from the over-hanging tissue.

tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure which varies dramatically from a panniculectomy and only shares a similar incision and resultant scar.

A tummy tuck can contour your waist and remove any and all excess skin and fat from your abdomen. Typically all tissue between your belly button and 6 cm above your pubic area can be removed.

Your belly button can be repositioned to its appropriate location and any separation of your rectus abdominus muscles (six pack muscles) is corrected at the same time which can further narrow your waist.

Whether you’d like to book your body contouring surgery or you’re just getting started with your research, we’re ready to help. Get in touch with us to get more information + schedule your consultation.

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