Shedding your abdominal fat can be an uphill battle for both men and women. While all other areas of your body have trimmed down and look perfect, your stomach behaves like a petulant child, unwilling to comply. The belly pooch, an unsightly protrusion, is a normal occurrence that happens after childbirth, weight problems and advancing age.
Surgery is often the best option, and the results can be permanent if you continue your healthy living. Consulting the top surgeon from Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City and New Jersey gives you insight into the different options available. The two most popular recommendations are a panniculectomy surgery or a tummy tuck. While both offer similar results, consider the differences.
A big misconception is that surgeries like a panniculectomy, a skin removal surgery, and an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck, help you lose weight. They don’t. That’s what bariatric surgery does, and even that takes time.
In contrast, a panniculectomy or abdominoplasty do what a breast lift or breast reduction do: reshape the way your body looks, through invasive surgery. The key differences between the two surgeries include:
Choosing which surgery you need requires careful examination of your abdomen. Your Rowe Plastic Surgery team has specialists who can help you make the right decision. In some circumstances, you may even opt to get both the surgeries together for the best results.
The reasons you may need panniculectomy surgery <Link to Everything You Need to Know about Panniculectomy Surgery> include:
A tummy tuck may be the better choice because:
Insurance can be a tricky subject, as most such procedures are labeled cosmetic in nature. You need to check your individual insurance policies for which surgeries are deemed medically necessary. In general, the surgery has to be proven to be necessary to provide a better quality of life. A panniculectomy is sometimes covered. The insurance criteria for covering the cost of a skin removal surgery include:
Insurance companies usually deny covering an abdominoplasty since the surgery is almost always considered cosmetic. The circumstances when insurance may pay the cost of your tummy tuck involve whether you can prove:
Panniculectomy surgery at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New Jersey and New York City is fairly straightforward. Choose your surgeon carefully, as the doctor’s skills matter. Precise incisions deliver the best results. In this surgery, you may get a horizontal or vertical incision, depending on how your excess skin is distributed. Once the excess skin is removed, the incision is closed using sutures.
If you opt for a tummy tuck, there are different types, depending on your requirements, such as:
One of the most asked questions about these surgeries is how visible the scar will be. Both surgeries are invasive, so you must be prepared for some permanent scarring. With an expert surgeon from Rowe Plastic Surgery, the incisions are placed in areas where the scars are easy to hide.
Additionally, most scars lighten or fade over time, as long as you provide proper care. Your surgeon gives you post-operative instructions to reduce the appearance of the scars, such as:
When you’re ready to tone your abdomen and get rid of the excess skin and fat, contact the expert cosmetic surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side of New York City, in Plainview and Water Mill, NY and in Red Bank and Montclair, NJ. At your initial consultation, your doctor can determine whether you need a panniculectomy or a tummy tuck.Let’s hear
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