Panniculectomy is the surgical removal of the pannus, a hanging "apron" of excess abdominal skin left behind after massive weight loss.
A panniculectomy differs from a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in that it does not necessarily involve the tightening of the abdominal muscles. Although it can be done in conjunction with the muscle-tightening of a tummy tuck, the term is generally used to describe a removal of larger amounts of skin and fat than is the case with most tummy tucks.
In some cases, the procedure is covered (partially or in full) by insurance, due to health problems created by the presence of the pannus.
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck or simply TT, is a cosmetic surgery of the abdomen to remove excess skin and fat, and to create a slimmer, more toned appearance. A protruding or saggy abdomen may be the result of pregnancy, obesity and/or rapid weight loss, or simply age. A full abdominoplasty can include the tightening of loose stomach muscles in addition to the removal of excess skin and fat. A surgeon can move or rearrange the navel (belly button) for a more pleasing appearance. Abdominoplasty can be performed on both men and women.
A full abdominoplasty is major surgery. However, there are less extensive procedures, including one called a partial abdominoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “mini-tummy tuck.” This procedure may be done as out-patient surgery, with the patient going home that day.