What Should I Expect During the Surgery?
If you believe that panniculectomy is the right choice for you, you can get the process started by having a consultation with Charlotte plastic surgeon Dr. Pratt. Dr. Pratt will discuss the procedure and your aesthetic goals with you to help you decide if the surgery is the ideal option. He’ll also ask you about your medical history, allergies, and any medications you’re taking, and he may examine your lower abdomen as well. This information will be used to create a personalized treatment plan.
Panniculectomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, but it can take up to five hours to complete. To begin, you’ll be administered general anesthesia to render you temporarily unconscious. Next, Dr. Pratt will make a horizontal incision between your hip bones and, in some cases, a vertical incision down to your pubic bone. He will then carefully remove the excess skin and tissue of the pannus before stitching together what remains. Finally, the doctor will close your incisions with sutures and apply bandages to the treatment area.