[Body contouring after massive weight loss]

Zentralbl Chir. 2009 Feb;134(1):57-65. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1098814. Epub 2009 Feb 25.
[Article in German]


With the advent of bariatric surgery, body contouring has grown to a new speciality in plastic surgery. Following massive weight loss, patients generally have skin redundancy on the trunk, buttocks, breast, upper arms, thighs and face, leading to a poor quality of life and social acceptance. This condition motivates many patients to consult a plastic surgeon to address these problems. Thus, plastic surgery has become an integral part of the surgical treatment of the morbidly obese. The aim of post-bariatric plastic surgery should be to restore a normal body image of the patient with as few surgeries as possible and with a tolerable risk. This article addresses different plastic surgery procedures that can be successfully applied in order to correct various body contouring deformities. Patient selection, technical details, pre- and postoperative care, possible complications and expected results are all discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bariatric Surgery* / rehabilitation
  • Dermatologic Surgical Procedures
  • Female
  • Gynecomastia / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures*
  • Weight Loss*