Using superficial fascial system suspension for the management of the mons pubis after massive weight loss

Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Nov;73(5):578-82. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31827e29e5.

Abstract

Although an abundance of literature exists regarding frequently lifted body areas, there are few reports about body contouring of the mons pubis. Therefore, this paper describes the first clinical results from a new technique, which surgically lifts the mons pubis using superficial fascial system suspension. Fifty patients underwent a lower body lift, including a superficial fascial system suspension of the mons pubis. After a mean follow-up period of 16.9 months (range, 6-31 months), patients were evaluated by standardized preoperative and postoperative photographs using the Pittsburgh Rating Scale. In addition, all patients completed a Likert-type scale questionnaire pertaining to body satisfaction and other bodily changes. Scores from the Pittsburgh Rating Scale improved significantly (P=0.03) from 2.76 (0.43) [range, 1-3] preoperative to 0.5 (0.59) [range, 0-2] postoperative. Fifteen (30%) of the patients assessed the new contour as very good, 26 (52%) patients as good. Eight patients developed a temporary edema in the mons pubis and 1 patient developed an infected fascia suture granuloma, which had to be removed. A mons pubis lift with the aid of the superficial fascial system is a safe surgical technique, which can easily be integrated in body contouring surgeries of the torso.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lesser Pelvis / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Outcome Assessment
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Subcutaneous Tissue / surgery*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Weight Loss*