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Body Contouring

Almutairi, Khalid, M.D.; Gusenoff, Jeffrey A., M.D.; Rubin, J. Peter, M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: March 2016 - Volume 137 - Issue 3 - p 586e–602e
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000002140
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Learning Objectives: After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Provide a careful preoperative evaluation. 2. Understand the relevant anatomy. 3. Appreciate and apply the range of procedures that can be applied to address an individual patient’s goals. 4. Focus on patient safety and avoiding complications.

Summary: Body contouring has advanced significantly over the past decade, fueled by the increased number of massive weight loss patients and the advent of new fat-reduction technologies. This has impacted both the number of cases performed and the range of procedures. Many innovations are being developed as plastic surgeons meet the evolving needs of our patients. This review covers essential principles of patient selection and safety; anatomical concepts; staging and combining procedures; and select aspects of contouring of the trunk and extremities using excisional techniques, liposuction, and fat grafting.

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East Lansing, Mich.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

From the Department of Surgery, Michigan State University; and the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh.

Received for publication May 23, 2015; accepted October 29, 2015.

Disclosure:Dr. Rubin receives royalties from Becon Medical for a device used in the surgical video. The other authors have no conflicts of interest related to any material discussed in this article.

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J. Peter Rubin, M.D., Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Scaife Hall 6B, 3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15261,

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