Tummy Tuck Vs Panniculectomy: What Is The Difference?July 27, 2018 7,075 views
Losing weight is a great thing when that’s what you want to achieve. But then, have you thought about all the loose skin it’s going to leave behind? Loose and overhanging skin is not something which you signed up for. That’s when you start googling about how to tighten or remove excess skin? In fact, dramatic loss of weight is not the only reason why you could be left with loose skin. Post pregnancy also, you’ll find that the glow has been replaced with loose skin, especially around the tummy. However, you needn’t be worried. Cosmetic surgery has come up with ways in which this problem can be dealt with. You have two options: Panniculectomy and Tummy tuck. Which one should you go with? Know the differences between the two treatments and choose the one that suits you.
How Does Your Skin Become Loose?
When you undergo a dramatic weight loss all your fat disappears but the excessive skin hangs and forms folds. This is because your skin loses its elasticity and cause irreparable damage to collagen. This condition happens due to aging, post-delivery, and sudden weight loss.
Tummy Tuck Vs Panniculectomy
Most of the people get confused with a tummy tuck and panniculectomy. Both the procedures resolve the same problem but they do have differences. So, prior to other things, it is important to understand the basic difference between these two procedures.
What is tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is also known as Abdominoplasty. It is a cosmetic procedure designed to give your torso a more toned appearance by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin that is typically stretched after pregnancy. It is done to achieve a flattened abdomen. Liposuction is also performed to remove excess belly fat in this procedure.
What is panniculectomy?
It is also known as Apron surgery. It is a functional procedure which is used to remove the pannus. The pannus is the excess hanging skin of the lower abdomen that has occurred due to weight loss, pregnancy or both. This procedure is done to increase mobility and to address skin concerns caused due to chafing. It is often performed along with the other body contouring procedures.
What are the procedural differences?
From a surgical standpoint, in the case of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery the incisions are made above the panty-line and around the belly so that the skin can be detached from the abdominal wall. Thus the surgeon gets access to the tissue underneath which is subjected to be tightened using sutures. After removal of excess skin, the belly button is repositioned, and the skin is pulled taught and sutured. In some cases, liposuction is performed on the flanks along with minor aesthetic revisions. It is used to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower abdomen areas. Similar techniques are employed in case of panniculectomy surgery to address the excess skin and fat layer in the lower abdomen area. It is important for you to have an apparent goal and understanding the options before you pick any of these surgeries. It depends on your body, overall health, previous surgeries and your desired aesthetic outcomes. All this can be discussed in a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon at Cosmo sure Clinic. Feel free to reach out.
About the Hospital:
‘CosmoSure’ is a renowned medical and surgical cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Hyderabad, which is considered to be the meeting point for science & art. Established in the year 2015, CosmoSure, cosmetic surgery clinic has been one of the most preferred cosmetic clinics in Hyderabad. All the procedures at Cosmosure clinic are a blend of a skilled & artistic touch. Our specialists are trained with in-depth knowledge of aesthetic science and symmetry to help individuals to improve their skin health.