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Pearls and Perils of Caring for the Postbariatric Body Contouring Patient

Shermak, Michele A. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: October 2012 - Volume 130 - Issue 4 - p 585e–596e
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318262f545
Cosmetic: Special Topics

Summary: Postbariatric body contouring surgery has grown in prevalence, mirroring the ascent of weight loss surgery. With the rise in prevalence of this subset of plastic surgery procedures, we are gaining wisdom about technique, safety, and outcomes associated with this patient population. The pearls of patient management include discussion about characteristics specific to massive weight loss patients, patient preparation for surgery, intraoperative safety measures, markings, surgical options in a landscape of scars, management of the total body lift, volumetric augmentation, and postoperative care. The aim of this review is to share these pearls and pitfalls to assist in patient management and in optimization of outcomes.

Lutherville, Md.

From the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland.

Received for publication August 6, 2011; accepted April 20, 2012.

Disclosure:The author has no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

Michele A. Shermak, M.D., Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, 1304 Bellona Avenue, Lutherville, Md. 21093,

©2012American Society of Plastic Surgeons