To remove extraneous fat deposits and reshape sagging skin that may develop as we age, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Boris Volshteyn, performs panniculectomy surgeries for men and women living in East Brunswick, West Long Branch, Edison, and the surrounding cities of New York and New Jersey. Though not a substitute for dieting or an active lifestyle, this treatment helps patients feel their best by removing the burden of excess skin.
What is a Panniculectomy?
A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure to remove unwanted tissue in the abdominal area, known as the pannus, that can develop due to age, heredity, multiple pregnancies, or significant weight loss.
Panniculectomy vs. Tummy Tuck
Before speaking with Dr. Volshteyn, many patients think their only option is an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. While tummy tucks achieve desired results in select cases, they are often not extensive enough to remove significant excess tissue following dramatic weight loss. In these situations, Dr. Volshteyn can perform a panniculectomy to create a slimmer profile. For some patients, a tummy tuck can be added as a secondary procedure to achieve desired results.
In sculpting the area, our surgeon’s goal is reaching an aesthetic outcome that helps patients feel lighter and less restricted by excess tissue that is difficult to hide in clothing. To do this, he uses panniculectomy surgery and a combination of other body contouring surgeries specific to a patient’s unique body shape, including suction assisted lipectomy (liposuction) and corset trunkplasty (corset body lift).
Recovering from Panniculectomy
In addition to discussing expectations before surgery, Dr. Volshteyn reviews post-operation instructions with patients to promote a safe and comfortable healing process. The time needed to recover fully after a panniculectomy depends on factors such as the amount of tissue removed and if any other procedures were provided. While the recovery period may last several months, complications are rare, making it easy for our patients to start enjoying healthier, more confident living once they recuperate.
Improving Wellness through Reconstructive Surgery
Many essential advantages of panniculectomy surgery have little to do with appearance. Patients with excess abdominal tissue may experience back problems along with rashes and other skin concerns. Having these corrected markedly improves well-being and prevents further health issues from occurring. For this reason, some insurance providers will cover at least part of the cost of surgery.
Significant weight loss is sometimes accompanied by undesired changes in abdominal structure and strength, which can result in hernias. Dr. Volshteyn commonly performs a hernia repair at the same time as a panniculectomy. Restoring the underlying muscle structure and repairing the abdominal wall increases the success of body contouring surgery.
Have Questions About Panniculectomy Surgery? Contact Atlantic Surgical Associates Today!
If you are experiencing issues due to excess skin after a bariatric procedure or for any other reason, our practice provides solutions that offer relief and improved self-confidence.
Give Atlantic Surgical Associates a call today and find out how we provide panniculectomy surgery for patients in West Long Branch, New Brunswick and Edison, NJ, as well as those in the neighboring areas of New York.