Concepts and Techniques in Postbariatric Body Contouring: A Primer for the Internist

Am J Med. 2019 Sep;132(9):1017-1026. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2019.02.048. Epub 2019 Mar 21.


Following weight loss after bariatric surgery, many people seek body contouring to help with troublesome excess skin. The care of these patients frequently involves a primary practitioner. Understanding the basic concepts of body contouring can help patients with these disorders. We review commonly performed body-contouring procedures that treat excess skin of the abdomen, arms, and thighs in the patient experiencing massive weight loss postbariatric procedures. Key concepts and techniques are highlighted with visual aids to help with understanding.

Keywords: Abdominoplasty; Body contouring; Panniculectomy; Postbariatric surgery; Primer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bariatric Surgery*
  • Body Contouring / methods*
  • Humans
  • Weight Loss*