World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 22, Issue 9, pp 974–980

Regional Dermolipectomy as Treatment for Sequelae of Massive Weight Loss

  • Antonio Fuente del Campo
  • Eustacio Rojas Allegretti
  • Jose Amandio Fernandes Filho
  • Christopher Burnside Gordon

DOI: 10.1007/s002689900502

Cite this article as:
del Campo, A., Allegretti, E., Filho, J. et al. World J. Surg. (1998) 22: 974. doi:10.1007/s002689900502

Abstract. Dermolipectomy is the most important procedure for treatment of the deformities engendered by massive weight loss. It remains the only treatment for excising redundant skin. Although liposuction is useful for removing fatty deposits without traditional surgical incisions, its application is limited by the ability of the skin to contract and conform to the newly sculpted figure. Thus liposuction may serve as an adjunct when treating the sequelae of weight loss but not as a primary procedure. In response to changing expectations, reconstructive surgeons have developed increasingly ingenious and specific dermolipectomy procedures to minimize or hide scars, lessen morbidity, and enhance function. Liposuction in combination with dermolipectomy has expanded the applicability of traditional procedures to a wider variety of patients. Surgical history, patient selection, surgical planning, a spectrum of regional dermolipectomy procedures, and potential complications are discussed herein.

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© 1997 by the Société Internationale de Chir ugie

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Fuente del Campo
    • 1
  • Eustacio Rojas Allegretti
    • 1
  • Jose Amandio Fernandes Filho
    • 1
  • Christopher Burnside Gordon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Hospital Infantil de Mexico, “Dr. Federico Gomez,” Hospital Angeles del Pedregal, Camino a Santa Teresa 1055-239, Col. Heroes de Padierna, Mexico D.F., 10700, MexicoMX

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