Mayo Clinic-trained, board-certified Nashville plastic surgeon Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., approaches each patient’s concerns individually, by leveraging his considerable expertise to help patients from in and around greater Nashville and Franklin meet their unique needs and caring for them as they seek to achieve a more symmetrical and aesthetically satisfying shape. Hanging loose, excess skin around the abdomen is called a pannus, and sometimes cases are severe enough that its removal, called a panniculectomy, is required.
What is a Panniculectomy?
If you have rashes, irritation or infections due to a panniculus – an excess of abdominal skin, that hangs down, sometimes extending to the thigh in certain extreme cases – then a panniculectomy may be the appropriate solution. If you have had a major weight loss event, and now must address the challenge of a distended pannus that hangs down below your belly, then, likewise, a panniculectomy may be right for you. Contact Dr. Robbins’ office today to discuss your concerns and to schedule a private consultation.
Benefits of a Panniculectomy
An overhanging abdominal pannus can be a source of rash or infection, that can make walking difficult, fitting into clothing a challenge, and it often makes intimacy difficult, in addition to having negative effects on one’s self-esteem. Consistent improvements in body image and quality of life are one of the main non-medical benefits of a panniculectomy, as the excess soft tissue and skin can be a daily source of concern for patients. Schedule a private consultation with Dr. Robbins so that you can discuss your concerns openly and learn what options are available to you to address this issue.
Removal of excess overhanging tissue is a functional operation that is designed to relieve you of the symptoms of an overhanging abdominal pannus, but it also frequently results in improvements in self-image and quality of life. It’s important that you have realistic expectations for what this procedure can and cannot do for you, which is why your private consultation with Dr. Robbins will give you the opportunity not only to raise your concerns but also to learn what you should expect from a panniculectomy.
Panniculectomy Procedure Details
During your panniculectomy, Dr. Robbins will utilize an incision in the lower abdomen to remove hanging panniculus, or excess lower tummy flesh, often accompanied or complemented by liposuction. The inflammatory nature of an overhanging pannus is medically indicated, and it also affects one’s self-image. The procedure itself takes a few hours, and Dr. Robbins and his nursing staff will provide you with detailed instructions, so you are fully prepared for your scheduled surgery, but also so that your post-operative recovery is optimally managed for a healthful recovery.
Dr. Robbins and his nursing staff will work with you to make sure that you are fully prepared for a proper recovery from your panniculectomy. Recovery from a panniculectomy will take some time, and your abdomen may feel swollen and tight during the initial several weeks, before subsiding. It may also take time for you to feel that you can stand up straight, and, at first, bending from the waist may be difficult. Dr. Robbins and his team will work with you throughout your healing and recovery process to make sure that your panniculectomy recovery is on track.
Am I a Candidate for a Panniculectomy?
If you have hanging excess flesh from the front of your abdomen, otherwise known as the pannus, that extends down to the pubic region, or even lower to the thigh area, then you may be the ideal candidate for a panniculectomy, which will remove that excess distended flesh. Unlike a tummy tuck, the panniculectomy only applies to overhanging skin or pannus in the lower abdominal area only. You may be experiencing rashes, or even infections due to this condition, in addition to having difficulty getting clothing to fit. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Robbins to learn more about whether or not a panniculectomy is right for you.
How Much Does a Panniculectomy Cost?
To learn more about panniculectomy costs, contact Dr. Robbins’ office to schedule your private body contouring consultation. In many instances, a panniculectomy may be covered by insurance, so contact your insurance provider to learn if this procedure is covered under your plan.
Trained at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Chad Robbins of Robbins Plastic Surgery is exceptionally skilled in the most advanced body contouring surgical techniques, including performing panniculectomies. For both men and women in and around greater Nashville and Franklin, Dr. Robbins combines compassion, quality of care, and a dedicated focus on helping you maximize your quality of life and elevate your self-image by working with you to achieve your aesthetic goals. To learn more about Robbins Plastic Surgery’s capabilities, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.