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Lipo-Bodylift Reconstruction Following Massive Weight Loss: Our Experience with 100 Consecutive Cases.

BACKGROUND: We report our experience using the Lipo-Bodylift technique for circumferential lower trunk reconstruction following massive weight loss.

METHODS: The procedure combines extensive circular liposuction with circular skin resection immediately under the dermis. We classify lower trunk deformities using three parameters: (1) excess skin (in the horizontal direction, or both horizontally and vertically); (2) the body mass index (BMI); and, (3) skin quality (hyperlaxity or a normal tone). All patients can be divided into four groups, of whom groups I and II are the best candidates for the Lipo-Bodylift procedure. We also describe our perioperative management and patient outcomes, with a focus on postoperative complications.

RESULTS: Between January 2015 and January 2020, 100 patients underwent Lipo-Bodylift treatment. The median patient age was 41 years. The median preoperative BMI was 26.3 kg/m2 . The median drainage duration and hospital stay were both 3 days. Of all patients, 30% experienced at least one complication, 2% of which were major. Of the minor complications, 27 patients evidenced wound dehiscence. Only (positive) smoking status was significantly associated with postoperative complications (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: We developed the Lipo-Bodylift technique after analyzing changes in the skin and subcutaneous fat after massive weight loss. The technique completes the arsenal of body contouring techniques, appears to be less invasive than the undermining that is usually performed during circumferential reconstruction of the lower trunk, and is associated with a lower rate of major complications.

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