Tummy Tuck vs. Panniculectomy
Age, fluctuations in weight, and pregnancy are all factors that can impact the appearance of the stomach. For men and women, excess fat and loose tissues around the abdomen can be issues that prevent them from achieving their ideal body contours, even if they are within an appropriate weight range. When diet and exercise fail to tighten and tone the midsection, it may be time to consider cosmetic treatment.
A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal tissues to give patients the firmer stomach they desire. However, this is not the only cosmetic treatment that can address problems with the midsection. Some patients may actually be better candidates for a panniculectomy. Though this procedure is not as widely known, it can also give patients a firmer tummy.
Here, Dr. Patricia Berbari discusses the differences regarding tummy tuck vs. panniculectomy so that our Gatineau, QC patients can better understand which may be right for them.
What Happens during a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck can address loose skin, as well as stretched abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery basically involves four major processes.
- An incision will be made horizontally across the lower tummy (just above the pubic bone). This incision is used to remove excess skin. Although the specifics of each tummy tuck procedure will vary, it is common to remove skin from below the belly button to the top of the pubic area.
- After the appropriate tissues have been removed, the abdominal muscles will be repaired. Typically, this involves pulling stretched stomach muscles closer together to create a tighter abdominal wall.
- The patient’s skin is re-draped and the belly button is relocated. Dr. Berbari will choose a position on the abdominal wall that looks natural, and an opening will be made for the belly button.
- Incisions will be closed and recovery will begin.
What Happens during a Panniculectomy?
A panniculectomy is similar to a tummy tuck, but it primarily addresses the lower abdomen. Ideal candidates for a panniculectomy are those with excess skin on the lower stomach.
A panniculectomy removes this excess skin, but it does not alter the abdominal muscles in any way. While a tummy tuck involves four major processes, a panniculectomy involves just two.
- An incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen so that skin can be removed. Generally, the skin removed during a panniculectomy does not extend as high up the belly as it does during a tummy tuck. The belly button should not need to be repositioned.
- The skin is pulled tight and the surgical incision is closed.
Which Is Right for Me?
Determining whether a tummy tuck or panniculectomy is the best option for each patient comes down to figuring out how much loose skin is present, and whether or not the abdominal muscles have been stretched.
Dr. Berbari will perform a thorough evaluation of each patient, and listen to his or her specific cosmetic goals to create a treatment plan that is most appropriate for each situation.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions about a tummy tuck or panniculectomy, or would simply like to know which procedure may be best for you, Dr. Patricia Berbari can help. Call (819) 243-7667 to schedule a personal consultation at your earliest convenience.