Abdominoplasty: classic principles and technique

Clin Plast Surg. 2014 Oct;41(4):655-72. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2014.07.005.


Examination of abdominal contour surgery candidates permits categorization of patients (the abdominolipoplasty system of classification and treatment) according to their treatable soft tissue layers of skin, fat, and muscle into the appropriate treatment level. Typically, postpartum abdominal wall changes are most thoroughly addressed by abdominoplasty. The indications and goals for abdominoplasty with liposuction (lipoadminoplasty) or without liposuction are presented. Surgical markings, technique, pain management, and postoperative care are described.

Keywords: Abdominal contour surgery; Abdominolipoplasty system of classification & treatment; Abdominoplasty; Lipoabdominoplasty; Liposuction; Mini abdominoplasty; Pregnancy and postpartum abdomen.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Wall / surgery
  • Abdominoplasty / classification
  • Abdominoplasty / methods*
  • Cosmetic Techniques
  • Dermatologic Surgical Procedures
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lipectomy / methods
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight Loss