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Abdominoplasty with Circumferential Liposuction: A Review of 1000 Consecutive Cases

Sozer, Sadri Ozan M.D.; Basaran, Karaca M.D.; Alim, Hasan M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: October 2018 - Volume 142 - Issue 4 - p 891-901
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000004819
Cosmetic: Original Articles
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Background: The authors present the technique called “abdominoplasty with concurrent circumferential liposuction,” where the whole trunk is addressed as a single aesthetic unit.

Methods: Between January of 2008 and June of 2016, abdominoplasty with circumferential liposuction was performed in 1000 patients (984 women and 16 men) by the senior author. Patients had a mean body mass index of 27.5 kg/m2 (range, 18.1 to 34.5 5 kg/m2). Liposuction was performed circumferentially and the abdominal flap was detached up to the costal margins. Simultaneous fat grafting was also performed if required. Outcomes and complications were documented.

Results: Traditional abdominoplasty incisions were used in 359 patients, whereas extended incisions were used in 641 patients. The mean duration of follow-up was 27 months (range, 12 days to 61 months), and the mean duration of surgery was 154 minutes (range, 109 to 260 minutes). The mean amount of simultaneously aspired supernatant lipoaspirate was 1940 cc (range, 1700 to 4580 cc). Simultaneous gluteal fat grafting was performed in 34 percent. None of the patients had any skin necrosis. The most common complication was seroma (19 percent).

Conclusions: In abdominoplasty, the entire central body should be considered as a single unit. Circumferential widespread liposuction with standard undermining of the abdominal flap up to the costal margins is safe and yields superior aesthetic outcomes.


El Paso, Texas; and Istanbul, Turkey

From El Paso Cosmetic Surgery; and Bagcilar Research and Training Hospital.

Received for publication January 25, 2017; accepted February 27, 2018.

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

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Sadri Ozan Sozer, M.D., El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, 651 South Mesa Hills, El Paso, Texas 79912,

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