The hanging skin of the abdomen, called the pannus or “apron” can cause a variety of problems, including the inability to fit comfortably into clothing, difficulty in daily hygiene, yeast infections or cysts in the folds of skin, and lower back pain.
Many people who have achieved significant weight loss can be left with large amounts of heavy, loose folds of skin around the abdomen, which can sag and lose elasticity as a result of being stretched for a long period of time. This excess skin can lead to rashes above the pubic area and along the groin and hips. A panniculectomy can offer relief of these symptoms to enhance your health and appearance.
Different from a tummy tuck, which tightens the underlying stomach muscles, a panniculectomy only removes excess skin and fat. Panniculectomy, which can be performed alone or in combination with a tummy tuck, removes any overhanging “apron” of skin and tissue from below the belly button. This excess skin is most typically a result of significant weight loss (100 pounds or more) through diet and exercise.
Panniculectomy candidates typically suffer from obesity, have recently experienced significant weight loss or suffer post-pregnancy issues with excessive fat located below the belly button.
You may be a candidate for panniculectomy if:
- Excess fat causes health issues, including back problems, breakdown of skin, rashes, ulcers or skin disorders
- Your weight has been stabilized for at least one year
- You are participating in a proper dietary and exercise plan
- You are a non-smoker
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for what panniculectomy can achieve
- You are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for panniculectomy is through a consultation with one of our physicians.