This is a retrospective clinical report of a single-staged total body lift in 8 massive weight loss patients. While the combination of circumferential abdominoplasty, a modified lower body lift, and medial thighplasty adequately treats the lower torso and thighs, the residual skin laxity in the upper torso and breasts leaves an incomplete result. Hence, a 2-stage total body lift was designed. The second stage, called the upper body lift, removes epigastric and midback rolls of skin, adjusts the inframammary fold, and reshapes the breast or corrects gynecomastia, leaving behind a near circumferential transverse scar partially hidden by the breasts.
In selected patients, a complete torso correction, the total body lift, was done in a single stage. Four to 31 months later, 7 of the 8 patients were satisfied. One male with ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty and a lateral skin excision found the chest skin too loose. Blood transfusions ranged from none to 4 units. The operations range from 7 to 12 hours of general anesthesia. Hospital stays were from 3 to 4 days. The complications included 3 resolved seromas, 2 minor wound infections due to fat and skin necrosis, and 1 minor skin dehiscence. One patient was readmitted to the hospital due to hypoalbuminemia and generalized edema. Scar revisions and liposuction are scheduled for 2 patients.
Single stage total body lift is effective and safe in selected patients after massive weight loss when performed by a plastic surgeon and team experienced in body contouring surgery.