A panniculectomy is a procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. This surgery removes skin that hangs down from the abdomen, commonly present after significant weight loss, such as after weight loss surgery. This procedure does not tighten the underlying abdominal muscles, like a tummy tuck does.
The panniculectomy can address the “apron” of skin that hangs down, often causing clothes to be ill-fitting and limiting some activities. This hanging skin can also make it difficult to properly clean and care for oneself, an important reason to get it addressed in a timely manner. Under some circumstances, some insurance providers may cover the cost of this procedure.