A tummy tuck
is basically a panniculectomy
(remove skin and fat) *plus* the muscle repair. Therefore, a panniculectomy takes less or time to perform.
It generally takes ~3 hours for a panniculectomy, whereas a tummy tuck takes ~4 hours.
Most surgical costs are a function of time, therefore the tummy tuck can cost 25-30% more. So yes, the panniculectomy is less expensive.
Dr. Ricardo rodrigue.