Panniculectomy.jpg Obese people often suffer from a large apron of excess fat and skin that hangs down from the lower abdomen. At times, some obese patients who have gastric bypass have skin that extends up to the knees. To rectify this condition, there is a procedure called Panniculectomy. This is an invasive procedure to remove this excess fat and skin. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with an abdominoplasty or with any another abdominal surgery, such as hysterectomy. It can also be performed on a person who has recently lost massive amounts of weight.

Procedure Review
a. The procedure involves getting rid of loose skin, fat near the lower abdomen. b. The procedure does not tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall or reposition the navel and is quite different from the regular tummy tuck procedure.
c. This procedure is ideal for patients after massive weight loss or women who have flabby abdomen after pregnancy.
d. This procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon under general anesthesia.
f. Recovery time can vary from one day to a week.
g. This procedure is covered by insurance companies if the patient meets certain conditions.
h. Some side effects are pain, swelling and bruising.
i. Panniculectomy costs about $8,500 to $10,000.