Contour deformities after massive weight loss

Steven Rueda, Mari Rebane, Seth R. Thaller

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Popularity of bariatric surgery has increased exponentially over the past several years. As a result, a new patient's population has emerged seeking plastic surgery: the Massive Weight Loss (MWL) patient. Patients who experience MWL present with bi-dimensional skin excess and are left looking "deflated," with disfiguring skin laxity circumferentially around the torso, including the breasts, redundant tissue on the upper arms, buttocks, and thighs leading to poor social acceptance and quality of life. The strength with which the superficial fascia attaches to the underlying muscular fascia varies throughout the body. Areas of high strength are called zones of adherence and usually excessive tissue laxity are especially evident in these zones of decreased adherence. Post-bariatric weight loss contour deformities well exceed contour deformities plastic surgeons have ever encountered previously. These deformities are diverse and often severe in nature. It is not possible however to predict where body contouring deformities will materialize because they may be present anywhere on the body. Nevertheless their accurate classification can assist the surgeon in operative planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBody Contouring Following Bariatric Surgery and Massive Weight Loss
Subtitle of host publicationPost-Bariatric Body Contouring
PublisherBentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781608055487
StatePublished - 2012


  • Body contour deformity
  • Skin laxity
  • Superficial fascia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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