Abdominoplasty: My Preferred Techniques

Ann Plast Surg. 2021 Mar 1;86(3S Suppl 2):S229-S234. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002639.


Background: Abdominoplasty has been evolving since the 1960s with many technical innovations throughout the years. It has become one of the most frequent and common procedures done in aesthetic plastic surgery, with the ultimate goal of not only to remove the excess tissue in the abdominal area but also to achieve an aesthetic trunk silhouette.

Objective: The prime objective of this article was to describe our preferred approach for a full cosmetic abdominoplasty.

Methods: We summarized all the key technical aspects from our shared surgical approach for abdominoplasty. The article describes collective experiences from authors performing the surgery in South America, North America, and Asia.

Results: The key technical aspects identified were conservative muscle plication, customized excess tissue resection, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction to improve definition in the abdominal lines and body curves, combined with lipofilling. The aesthetic results are presented.

Conclusions: Abdominoplasty should be customized to every patient's anatomy and desired cosmetic outcome, taking into consideration all the anatomical areas surrounding the abdominal wall.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Wall* / surgery
  • Abdominoplasty*
  • Asia
  • Humans
  • Lipectomy*
  • South America