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Body Contouring

The goal of panniculectomy surgery is to remove hanging skin and fat from the lower abdomen to create a smoother abdominal contour.

Panniculectomy candidates

Panniculectomy surgery may be necessary for patients with hanging fat and skin on the abdomen, whether the removal is needed to address cosmetic concerns or resolve medical issues.

Who is a good candidate for panniculectomy surgery?

In general, you may be a good panniculectomy candidate if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a nonsmoker
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
  • You have recurring or persistent rashes or infections underneath the hanging fold of skin


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