Is a pannilecutemy, Cheaper then a tummy tuck?

I have a flop around my midsection. I would just like to remove the extra skiN and fat. not sure what's cheapest. Pannilecutemy or minni tummy tuck?

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Panniculectomy is usually recommended to people who have lost 100 lbs or more in a relatively short amount of time. The procedure can be carried out on its own or used in combination with abdominoplasty depending on a patient’s condition, and may be covered by OHIP/insurance. It is typically less expensive than a tummy tuck. Regardless of the form the panniculectomy takes, ideal candidates should have maintained a relatively stable weight for roughly a year prior to surgery and be adhering to a regimen of exercise and healthy eating. Surgery is usually indicated once the person’s BMI (body mass index) is less than 30. We consider a panniculectomy to be exactly what the term describes: removal of the pannus. Only what is hanging down below the patient’s waistline is removed, and no undermining on the abdomen itself is performed. We do not advocate a panniculectomy alone except in extreme circumstances, when a patient’s expectations can be fulfilled. Please see an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to determine which is most suitable for you.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Is a panniculectomy, Cheaper then a tummy tuck?

The general answer would be yes but you really need to see a board certified plastic surgeon to see if that would be the best procedure for you.  If you truly need a tummy tuck but can't afford it, then look into financing with the consultant or save and do it when you can do it right.  It would be unfortunate to spend money on a procedure, go through recovery and take time off work and have to do it all over again because you are unhappy with the results.  ac

Angela Champion, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Is a panniculectomy cheaper then a tummy tuck?

Usually yes is the answer.

Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of tummy tucks and body contouring procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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A panniculectomy involves removal of the lower portion of the excess, loose abdominal skin. A tummy tuck involves abdominal wall muscle tightening with skin removal, belly button repositioning and often times liposuction of the flanks (love handles). Sometimes health insurance can cover a panniculectomy, whereas health insurance generally will not cover a  tummy tuck. A panniculectomy generally costs somewhat less as it is a shorter procedure. Consult with a few board certified plastic surgeons to determine which procedure is best for your particular anatomy.

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Panniculectomy vs tummy tuck

A panniculectomy certainly is a lesser surgery than a full tummy tuck. The panniculectomy does not involve any significant undermining, tightening of the abdominal muscles, or relocation of the belly button. For this reason, it should cost less than full tummy tuck. Both a full tummy tuck and panniculectomy are rather well defined and most surgeons will perform them in a similar manner. But mini-tummy tucks are a bit more variable. Some surgeons would consider a panniculectomy a type of mini-tummy tuck. Other surgeons still tighten the abdominal muscles with a mini tuck and there are quite a variety of things that can be done with the belly button. For this reason, it is hard to say if a panniculectomy would cost much less than a mini tuck. It will all depend upon the surgeon. 

William T. Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Panniculectomy Vs Tummy tuck

Hello, thank you for the question. It's really hard to say without the pictures, and it depends on the Doctors, as all of us have different fees, I can only speak for myself, and basically, I charge the same for one or the other. But the question is, which is your indication? I'm pretty sure that no plastic surgeon will perform a panniculectomy when there is indication for muscle repair, because the results will not be good, and our best presentation card is actually a well performed procedure with good results. Hope to have been of some help. Good luck

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