Panniculectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin from the lower abdomen. This operation is different from an abdominoplasty because it is intended solely to relieve symptoms related to an overhanging apron of skin and is not considered a cosmetic operation. The procedure involves a scar that is located across the lower abdomen.
Who Is a Candidate?
Patients of any age with an overhanging apron of skin on the lower abdomen may be candidates for this procedure. Symptoms may include:
- The amount of fat removal
- The liposuction technique
- Skin irritation
- Fungal infections
- Lower back pain
Some patients with an apron of skin also may be candidates for a standard abdominoplasty. Patients with a lower body mass index at the time of surgery will get better results.