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Is panniculectomy cheaper than tummy tuck?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Panniculectomy cost
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.

In brief: Panniculectomy cost
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.
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Removes only pannus
Pannus means loaf (of bread).
When the skin folds over like a loaf of bread on the lower abdomen, a panniculectomy removes this excess skin and fat. It only addresses the lower abdominal roll, and does not include tightening the muscle.

In brief: Removes only pannus
Pannus means loaf (of bread).
When the skin folds over like a loaf of bread on the lower abdomen, a panniculectomy removes this excess skin and fat. It only addresses the lower abdominal roll, and does not include tightening the muscle.
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. Jorge De la Pedraja
The removal of the pannus(panniculectomy) only removes the apron that is hanging over. The abdominoplasty removes what's hanging but also translocates the belly button and tightens the rectus muscles. I suggest you get a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
A panniculectomy will only treat the skin below the umbilicus.
It is about half the cost of a tummy tuck.

In brief: Yes
A panniculectomy will only treat the skin below the umbilicus.
It is about half the cost of a tummy tuck.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Patrick Schaner
Panniculectomy typically does not include rectus plication or reapproximating the rectus muscles in the midline.
Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually....
Usually a panniculectomy is covered by insurance and a tummy tuck is not.
It then would depend upon how your insurer covers this and what hey assign to you cost-wise. A tummy tuck is larger scale operation with more dramatic results that few if any insurers in my area cover. http://www.cosmeticsurgerytruth.com/blog/?p=7017.

In brief: Usually....
Usually a panniculectomy is covered by insurance and a tummy tuck is not.
It then would depend upon how your insurer covers this and what hey assign to you cost-wise. A tummy tuck is larger scale operation with more dramatic results that few if any insurers in my area cover. http://www.cosmeticsurgerytruth.com/blog/?p=7017.
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not always
These are general two different procedures performed for different indications.
A panniculectomy is often performed for massive weight loss or obesity and essentially consists of skin removal withnthe attached fat. This can require several hours snfd require hospitalization which may dramatically increase the costs. A tummy tuck is generally cosmetic and these prepay rates are generally lower.

In brief: Not always
These are general two different procedures performed for different indications.
A panniculectomy is often performed for massive weight loss or obesity and essentially consists of skin removal withnthe attached fat. This can require several hours snfd require hospitalization which may dramatically increase the costs. A tummy tuck is generally cosmetic and these prepay rates are generally lower.
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Dr. Marc Polecritti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
A panniculectomy is typically deemed a medically necessary procedure by most insurances and therefore is paid for, whereas a tummy tuck is considered a cosmetic procedure.
They are similar in that they both remove excess skin and fat along the waist line. However, a tummy tuck also addresses abdominal laxity and tightens the abdominal musculature.

In brief: Yes
A panniculectomy is typically deemed a medically necessary procedure by most insurances and therefore is paid for, whereas a tummy tuck is considered a cosmetic procedure.
They are similar in that they both remove excess skin and fat along the waist line. However, a tummy tuck also addresses abdominal laxity and tightens the abdominal musculature.
Dr. Marc Polecritti
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Not Necessarily.
Much will depend on exactly where the procedure is performed (hospital or outpatient surgery center) and whether or not insurance companies are involved ( possible with the panniculectomy surgery).
Therefore, it is hard to generalize about the costs of the procedures.

In brief: Not Necessarily.
Much will depend on exactly where the procedure is performed (hospital or outpatient surgery center) and whether or not insurance companies are involved ( possible with the panniculectomy surgery).
Therefore, it is hard to generalize about the costs of the procedures.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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