Panniculectomy: Targeting Excess Skin for Relief and Comfort
A panniculectomy, offered by Bend Plastic Surgery under the expertise of Dr. Angeles, is a specialized surgical procedure that goes beyond the scope of a traditional tummy tuck. It’s specifically designed to alleviate discomfort and health issues associated with excess skin hanging over the waistline. Often mistaken for a mini tummy tuck, this procedure addresses problems that cannot be resolved through nonsurgical means and focuses solely on the removal of the skin, without tightening the abdominal muscles.
Panniculectomy is a targeted surgical approach primarily intended to:
- Remove Excess Skin: It involves the surgical removal of excess skin and fatty tissue that hangs over the lower abdomen, often a result of significant weight loss or post-pregnancy changes.
- Alleviate Associated Discomfort: The procedure aims to relieve the physical discomfort and skin irritation or rashes that often occur under the excess skin.
Differences from a Tummy Tuck
While a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) primarily aims to tighten the abdominal area for aesthetic improvement, a panniculectomy is more functional, focusing on the removal of excess skin for health-related reasons. It does not involve the tightening of abdominal muscles, which is a common aspect of a tummy tuck.
Insurance Coverage Considerations
In many cases, a panniculectomy is not just a cosmetic procedure but a medical necessity due to the discomfort and health issues it addresses. Consequently, many insurance companies are willing to cover this procedure, recognizing its importance in improving the patient’s quality of life.
Who is a Candidate for Panniculectomy?
Individuals who might consider a panniculectomy typically experience:
- Stretched Skin on the Lower Abdomen: Especially following significant weight loss or post-pregnancy changes.
- Discomfort from Rashes: Chronic skin irritation or rashes under the hanging skin that do not improve with topical treatments.
- Pain and Inconvenience: Physical discomfort or limitations in daily activities due to the excess skin.
Consulting with Bend Plastic Surgery
Choosing to undergo a panniculectomy is a decision that can significantly impact a person’s comfort and lifestyle. Dr. Angeles and the Bend Plastic Surgery team are dedicated to providing comprehensive information and support throughout the decision-making process. They offer personalized consultations to determine if a panniculectomy is the right course of action, taking into account each patient’s unique circumstances and health goals.
In summary, a panniculectomy is a valuable surgical option for individuals dealing with the challenges of excess skin on the lower abdomen. It provides not just aesthetic improvements but also functional benefits by alleviating discomfort and enhancing the overall quality of life. For those considering this procedure, Dr. Angeles and the team at Bend Plastic Surgery are committed to guiding patients through every step, from initial consultation to post-operative care. For more information or to discuss your suitability for a panniculectomy, reach out to the expert team at Bend Plastic Surgery.