The difference between these two is substantial but there is a lot of confusion. First, insurance pays for a panniculectomy. A tummy tuck is self pay, e.g. Cosmetic.
A panniculectomy only treats from the belly button down. A tummy tuck treats the whole abdomen.
So, while the thought of insurance paying is obviously attractive, make sure you choose the procedure that best suits your needs.
Lee Corbett, MD