Panniculectomy Overview

Panniculectomy is typically performed on patients that have recently experienced a significant amount of weight loss or after pregnancy. A Panniculectomy is performed to remove hanging fat and skin that result from massive weight loss. It could be performed by itself or in combination with a tummy tuck, depending on the condition and needs of the patient.

The pannus is the loose skin, tissue and fat that occurs in the lower part of the abdominal wall, especially after massive weight loss or after pregnancy. Panniculectomy is performed by making an incision from the lower area of the sternum to the pubic bone. Another horizontal incision is created at the pubic area, so that the excess fat and skin can be removed. The remaining skin is pulled together and closed.

Typical Panniculectomy candidates have fat extending as low as the knees, over the hips, and around the back. This causes patients a multitude of health issues such as back problems, skin rashes, ulcers and other skin disorders.

When you use, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our board-certified plastic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. Our qualified patient coordinators at are prepared to help you find board-certified plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in Panniculectomy, or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations for Panniculectomy

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having Panniculectomy will result in a better body contour. A better body contour may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective plastic surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the plastic surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a plastic surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Panniculectomy involves different techniques. Some plastic surgeons will use different techniques to achieve successful Panniculectomy. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their laser treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Panniculectomy:

  • Am I a good candidate for Panniculectomy?
  • What are the different techniques used to perform Panniculectomy?
  • Which parts of my body can I have Panniculectomy performed on?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • What are the costs involved in Panniculectomy?

If you’re consulting with a plastic surgeon from, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon. If you already have a plastic surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your experience will be based on how you feel about your plastic surgeon, the treatment, your recovery and your result.

Panniculectomy Recovery

After a Panniculectomy is performed, the surgeon gives instructions for patients to follow, which reduce the risk of complications. Patients need to sponge bathe and wear a medical garment at all times.

Patients generally experience pain, bruising and swelling, but take medications for their comfort. Patients are advised to refrain from normal activities and are restricted from exercising or lifting more than ten pounds.

Panniculectomy Risks

Any procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications and infection. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the chances of infection and blood clots?
  • Will I be scarred after the procedure?
  • What are the chances of additional sagging skin?

It is important to remember that no plastic surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Panniculectomy nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Panniculectomy

Panniculectomy offers long lasting results. Patients notice a great difference in the shapes of their body, such as a firmer, flatter abdomen. The results will last as long as patients do not gain or lose a significant amount of weight after their surgery. If patients lose more weight after Panniculectomy, they are advised to undergo additional treatment to restore their body contour.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right plastic surgeon, therefore all of our board-certified plastic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. We can help you find board certified plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in Panniculectomy, or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.