How we train residents to perform body contouring surgery: The University of Miami experience

Zubin J. Panthaki, W. Scott McDonald, Milton Armstrong, Seth Thaller

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Body contouring surgery is both an extremely popular and challenging cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons. Within an academic institution, residents must be taught appropriate patient selection, surgical design, and how to manage both routine and untoward postoperative sequelae. The purpose of our investigation is to evaluate training of plastic surgery residents at a residency-training program based in a large urban hospital. We reviewed a total of 25 abdominoplasty, 20 panniculectomy, and 17 suction lipectomy patients (for a total of 62 patients) managed at our resident aesthetic clinic during the period from July 1, 2000 to August 1, 2001. All patients were women ranging in age from 28 to 62 years. We review our guidelines for patient selection, choice of incision placement, methods for rectus plication, umbilicoplasty, and use of ancillary procedures. We also describe any complications and management of unsatisfactory results. Patient satisfaction was extremely high. One abdominoplasty patient underwent revision of her umbilicus under local anesthesia. No patients in the open group developed an infection, flap necrosis, or systemic complications. A resident clinic, where patients were able to obtain cosmetic surgery by the resident staff under the supervision of the full-time faculty, provided an excellent setting to teach body contouring surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalOperative Techniques in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 16 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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