What Is The Difference Between a Panniculectomy and A Tummy Tuck?

by | Mar 18, 2020

The body goes through big changes after events such as weight loss and pregnancy. Sometimes people are left with loose or sagging skin around the abdomen. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez offers two procedures for eliminating excess skin so you can achieve a slimmer silhouette. Although both panniculectomy and tummy tuck surgery are similar in many ways, the reasons for selecting either treatment are markedly different. To learn more about panniculectomy with muscle repair or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanchez, contact Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA.

Candidates for panniculectomy

Losing weight can do wonders for your overall health and well-being, but it can leave behind excessive skin in the lower stomach. Candidates for panniculectomy are those who lost a significant amount of weight and now have skin and fat hanging below their beltline. For some, this skin is more than just an aesthetic issue. Heavy skin can cause problems with the neck and back, while friction can lead to rashes and other skin disorders. The goal of panniculectomy is to remove this burden and create a smoother abdominal contour.

If you plan to become pregnant or lose even more weight in the future, you should discuss these plans with Dr. Sanchez before surgery, as these events will alter your results. Panniculectomy is considered major abdominal surgery, which is why Dr. Sanchez will explain both the benefits and risks, including potential reactions to the general anesthesia, infection, and blood clots. Although scars are likely, we try our best to place the incisions in areas that can be covered by clothing. Patients should also know that the belly button is not addressed during this procedure.

Candidates for tummy tuck surgery

We all know that pregnancy can transform our bodies in more ways than just one. A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that eliminates loose skin caused by pregnancy and repairs the separated abdominal muscles underneath. Some patients only need minor tightening with a mini tummy tuck, while others will require an extensive approach through a full tummy tuck. The difference is in the overall size of the incision. Sometimes liposuction is performed at the same time, along with other minor revisions that Dr. Sanchez will discuss with you in advance.

Following surgery, the staff at Sanchez Plastic Surgery will offer specific instructions to follow, including information about incision care and compression garments. Some swelling and bruising are expected, but patients may return to light activities within two weeks. Dr. Sanchez will schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor your progress and approve you for more strenuous exercise when your body has completely healed. The outcome following tummy tuck surgery is a slimmer abdomen with tighter muscles.

Finding the right plastic surgeon

Although there are some exceptions, a panniculectomy is a popular strategy for individuals who have a significant amount of skin hanging over their bellies. Tummy tucks are better suited for people who want to tighten their abdomen following pregnancy. Panniculectomy with muscle repair may also be an option that can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Sanchez. At this appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and results. Patients should expect to provide a complete medical history with information about any previous surgical procedures and past medications. We will also examine the abdomen and quality of the abdominal skin.

Skin removal is a specialized surgery that is best performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been extensively in body contouring procedures. To make sure that the procedure is performed safely and effectively, we encourage patients to research each surgery and visit our office with a list of questions. Dr. Sanchez is happy to address your concerns and show you panniculectomy and full tummy tuck before and after photos to make your decision a little easier. We are also happy to give you some insights into what kind of results we’re able to achieve in Baton Rouge, LA.

Schedule your panniculectomy or tummy tuck surgery

Losing weight is an important step in maintaining your overall health and wellness. As a recognized expert in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Erick Sanchez specializes in advanced surgical techniques for the skin and abdomen. Each team member at Sanchez Plastic Surgery works hard to make the patient experience a truly exceptional one. Based on your needs and goals, Dr. Sanchez may be able to perform panniculectomy with muscle repair at the same time for more dramatic benefits. See full tummy tuck before-and-after photos and learn more about these surgeries by scheduling a consultation in Baton Rouge, LA.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.