INTRODUCTION: Patients who undergo bariatric surgery represent an increased demand for plastic surgeons.1,2,3 After massive weigh loss, skin ptosis observed on the thighs is a frequent complaint.1,4,5 In order to reduce the reported incidence of complications, this study describes a thighplasty technique with a boomerang-like resection that decreases suture tension. Complications and satisfaction are reported in a case series.
METHODS: 16 patients with massive weight loss after bariatric surgery underwent the Boomerang thighplasty, between March 2011 and August 2012. Skin Markings: On standing position with lower limbs rotated laterally, a median line on the medial thigh and a line parallel to the groin crease were drawn. Skin laxity is evaluated by pinch test and an anterior and diagonal line was marked. A line dividing the posterior angle (bisectrix) was marked. A semi-circle is drawn and its radius was one third the distance of the bisectrix (Figure 1). In supine position, lower limbs abducted and knees bent, the marked excess skin and subcutaneous were resected preserving deep fascia and great saphenous vein. The flap was not attached to the Colle’s fascia. Suction drains were placed. A satisfaction questionnaire was answered on the 6th month post-op with 10 questions related to scar, edema, symmetry, sensibility, contour, lighter thigh perception, mobility, agility, ease in getting dressed and final cosmetic result.
RESULTS: No dehiscence, hematoma or infection in a 1 year follow-up (Figure 2). One patient presented seroma and was aspirated with adequate outcome. Satisfaction reached 86% (average grade 25,8 from a total of 30 points).
CONCLUSION: The Boomerang Thighplasty appeared to be reproducible with decreased complication data and elevated satisfaction for post-bariatric patients.
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