Panniculectomy in Charleston County, SC
The pannus is the excess skin that overhangs the genitals and thighs following major weight loss. Similar to an abdominoplasty, the panniculectomy treats patients who have panniculitis as a result of weight loss surgery. Led by plastic surgeon Dennis K. Schimpf, MD, MBA, FACS, Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery has offices in Charleston, Summerville, and Hilton Head, South Carolina. We offer panniculectomy surgery for men and women who live in Charleston County and the surrounding South Carolina communities.
What Is A Panniculectomy?
A panniculectomy is a cosmetic surgery procedure for individuals who have had weight loss or bariatric surgery. Often, following weight loss surgery, the skin can be stretched, and you may develop panniculitis. Panniculitis is when the adipose tissue, or “apron,” hangs from the abdomen over the genitals and becomes inflamed, sore, and tender. Panniculectomy surgery removes the fatty tissue to relieve patients of symptoms.
Benefits of a Panniculectomy
There are three elements to the benefits of panniculectomy surgery. Because the panniculectomy procedure can alleviate panniculitis and its many uncomfortable symptoms, it is often covered by insurance. Second, the benefits are aesthetically pleasing. The panniculectomy reduces excess tissue in the area, allowing for a slimmer, more trim physique. Third, with those medical and a cosmetic benefits, many patients feel an enhanced sense of self-worth and confidence following a panniculectomy.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For A Panniculectomy?
A panniculectomy is a specialized procedure only for weight loss surgery patients who have panniculitis. If you are not a weight loss surgery patient but do have the “apron” of adipose skin that overhangs the genitals and thighs, you should consider abdominoplasty. Schedule a consultation at our office today to allow Dr. Schimpf to help you determine the most beneficial procedure for you.
What to Expect at a Panniculectomy Appointment
During a panniculectomy, Dr. Schimpf will create specially placed incisions along the targeted abdominal area. Using these incisions, he will remove the excess skin creating the overhang. Please note that this is less transformative than an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), which removes the excess skin and tightens the underlying muscles and surrounding tissue. This procedure typically takes around two to five hours and requires general anesthesia to keep you as comfortable as possible. It is also recommended that you are not smoking at the time of your procedure.
How Much Does a Panniculectomy Cost in Charleston County?
The cost of a panniculectomy will vary depending on the scope of the procedure, but it is often covered by insurance. We will go over your payment options, which includes financing through CareCredit®. We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards and ask that full payment be made prior to your services.
Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery is passionately committed to bringing out your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dennis K. Schimpf, MD, MBA, FACS, and his team offer full body plastic surgery, including panniculectomy procedures, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Charleston, Summerville, Hilton Head, Charleston County and the surrounding communities of South Carolina.