Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31824ecd24

Body Contouring

Shermak, Michele A. M.D.

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Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. List patient selection factors for body lift surgery. 2. Describe operative approaches for brachioplasty, upper body lift, abdominoplasty, lower body lift, and thigh lift. 3. Identify complications and pitfalls related to body lifting and describe how to avoid them.

Summary: The author discusses the preoperative assessment, surgical treatment plan, postoperative management, outcomes, and possible complications for a comprehensive spectrum of body-contouring surgical procedures. Preoperative planning includes medical history and physical examination, along with an open discussion with the patient. Surgical procedures for brachioplasty, upper back lift, abdominoplasty, lower back lift, gluteal augmentation and thigh lift are discussed. Postoperative management pearls are shared, as well as pitfalls to be avoided.

©2012American Society of Plastic Surgeons


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