I lost a bunch of weight and now I have excess skin on my belly

Before and after loose skin removal of the abdomenRemove excess skin or fatty tissue with a panniculectomy


Ok, so you’ve just worked your butt off…literally, and now after all your hard work and losing 100 pounds your left with your next problem, excess skin on your belly. You’ve worked hard for your weight loss, now do something for you, and remove the excess skin from your belly area. A panniculectomy will remove the unwanted excess skin.

A Panniculectomy means to surgically remove excess skin that usually results from extreme weight loss.

Does a tummy tuck include the panniculectomy? Or two separate surgeries?

A tummy tuck does include a panniculectomy, however, a panniculectomy may not include a full tummy tuck.

A panniculectomy simply means to excise (surgically remove) the apron of skin that generally results from weight loss.

With a tummy tuck, all of the abdominal wall skin and underlying subcutaneous fat are elevated from the underlying fascia of the muscles up to the rib cage, with the exception of the umbilicus. That entire flap of tissue is brought downward and the excess is removed. The umbilicus is brought through another surgically created hole in the abdominal wall skin and then sutured in place. Also in virtually every tummy tuck the rectus muscles are sutured together to create an internal corset.

Regarding a tummy tuck, I preferred the No-drain Tummy Tuck as the recovery time and discomfort postoperatively are minimized, and the patient isn’t encumbered with drains.

The recovery time still is a little longer than a panniculectomy because of the underlying suturing together of the muscles. This is called correction of the rectus diastasis.

Whether you’re looking to remove excess skin from your belly, or have a full tummy tuck, that removes fat and tightens the muscles in the stomach, at Finger and Associates in Savannah, we will ensure to guide you to the best procedure for your specific situation.