A panniculectomy refers to the removal of the pannus, an extremely large bulge of stretched skin and fat on the middle and lower abdomen. This operation differs from an abdominoplasty in that it removes large amounts of skin and fat but does not tighten the abdominal muscles.

The Panniculectomy Procedure

A typical panniculectomy involves the removal of a massive overhanging apron of skin and, sometimes, fat on the lower belly. This operation can be quite extensive and is performed under general anesthesia. Through an incision, located in the pubic area, Dr. King removes excess fatty tissue. Excess skin is also removed and remaining skin is pulled together to create a more taut and sleek stomach contour. Because a panniculectomy entails the removal of large amounts of tissue, it often involves a long healing and recovery time.

To learn more about panniculectomy, please contact our Madison, Wisconsin, cosmetic surgery practice today to schedule a private consultation with Clifford King, M.D., Ph.D.