Tummy Tuck vs. Panniculectomy: Which is Best for You?
Posted on January 19, 2022
Has life taken a toll on your abdominal area? Perhaps your weight has fluctuated throughout the years, leaving you with excess skin. Or maybe you have experienced pregnancy and given birth, and your body is not the same as it was before. If this sounds like you, you may be able to benefit from a tummy tuck or a panniculectomy. Read on to learn more about these procedures and which one is right for you and your aesthetic goals.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
The natural aging process, weight gain, pregnancy and childbirth, and even hernias can all cause issues in the abdominal area. A tummy tuck is a procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, as well as tighten abdominal muscles that may have become weak or separated. During this procedure, Dr. Falcon will remove excess skin, correct separated or weakened muscles, and use liposuction to remove excess fat and sculpt the abdominal area.
What is a Panniculectomy?
Individuals who lose a large amount of weight can often find themselves left with excess sagging skin, which can be uncomfortable. A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure intended to remove the pannus, or excess skin and tissue on the lower abdomen. During this procedure, Dr. Falcon will remove excess skin or tissue around the abdomen which hangs from the body and can result in back pain due to the excess tissues in addition to skin irritation or rashes, ulcers, or odor from moisture trapped by the loose skin.
Which One is Right for Me?
The main difference between a tummy tuck and a panniculectomy is that during a tummy tuck the abdominal muscles are tightened, which is not performed during a panniculectomy. These two procedures can be combined in cases where the abdominal muscles need to be tightened, and there is a large amount of excess skin and fat to be removed. Patients who undergo either of these procedures will be able to enjoy a smoother, flatter abdominal area for a boost in confidence and comfort.
Overall, a consultation appointment is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate. To learn more, give our office a call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon.
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