Many people who have lost a significant amount of weight find that they are left with excess hanging skin. One area where this excess skin is common is in the pannus, also known as the abdominal apron. This area refers to the excess fat and skin located in the lower abdomen, which often hangs just below the belt line.

Although both the tummy tuck and the panniculectomy each target the abdominal region of the body, they are two fundamentally different procedures. While an abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin and tightens the abdominal muscles, a panniculectomy more specifically targets the area of excess tissue located underneath the belly button. This surgical procedure requires 3 to 5 hours, and is performed with general anesthesia. A panniculectomy can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or combined with a traditional tummy tuck, body contouring, or other procedures such as a thigh lift.

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