Safe monsplasty technique

J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2018 Apr;52(2):74-79. doi: 10.1080/2000656X.2017.1335642. Epub 2017 Jul 14.


Introduction: To improve their health and quality of life, obese patients undergo consultation after weight loss. In these patients, the sub-umbilical abdominal and pubic regions are often characterized by redundant skin, creating aesthetic and functional discomfort. Monsplasty is an important step in abdominoplasty or bodylift procedures. We report on an original technique used to correct deformity in the pubic region following weight loss.

Methods: All interventions were performed by the same surgeon between April and December 2015. On stretched skin, we drew two lines 5 cm lateral to the median line on both sides and connected them with the arc of a circle placed 7 cm from the vulvar fork. Then, monsplasty marks extend to abdominal fold. During lower abdominal contouring, we performed monsplasty with three separate stitches between the camper fascia and aponeurosis of the abdominal muscle. The aim was to bring tension to the pubic region without additional surgical procedure.

Results: We report on 21 consecutive cases of monsplasty following lower trunk contouring. No reoperation was performed due to complication or aesthetic demand (no under- or over-correction occurred). No complication (e.g. edema, seroma, disturbance of sensibility) was observed in the pubic area. The results were stable 1 year after surgery.

Conclusions: We report on a simple, rapid, and reproducible monsplasty technique for all stages of Pittsburgh classifications, which achieved favorable results with no complication. We recommend performance of this effective technique simultaneously with abdominoplasty or bodylift procedures.

Level of evidence: IV.

Keywords: Monsplasty; abdominoplasty; bodylift; mons pubis; plastic surgery; pubic lift.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominoplasty / methods*
  • Adult
  • Bariatric Surgery / adverse effects
  • Bariatric Surgery / methods*
  • Body Contouring / methods
  • Cohort Studies
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery
  • Patient Positioning
  • Patient Safety / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
  • Pubic Bone
  • Quality of Life*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surgery, Plastic / methods
  • Weight Loss*