Body contouring following massive weight loss

Indian J Plast Surg. 2011 Jan;44(1):14-20. doi: 10.4103/0970-0358.81439.

Abstract

Obesity is a global disease with epidemic proportions. Bariatric surgery or modified lifestyles go a long way in mitigating the vast weight gain. Patients following these interventions usually undergo massive weight loss. This results in redundant tissues in various parts of the body. Loose skin causes increased morbidity and psychological trauma. This demands various body contouring procedures that are usually excisional. These procedures are complex and part of a painstaking process that needs a committed patient and an industrious plastic surgeon. As complications in these patients can be quite frequent, both the patient and the surgeon need to be aware and willing to deal with them.

Keywords: Breast reshaping; belt lipectomy; body contouring; brachioplasty; massive weight loss; medial thigh lift; morbid obesity; upper body lift.