American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals


Body Contouring

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

Who is a good candidate for a panniculectomy?

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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