Obesity Surgery

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 1950–1958 | Cite as

Short- and Long-Term Effects of Abdominal Lipectomy on Weight and Fat Mass in Females: a Systematic Review

  • Konstantinos SeretisEmail author
  • Dimitrios G. Goulis
  • Georgios Koliakos
  • Efterpi Demiri
Review Article


Adipose tissue is considered as an endocrine organ, which is developed in specific depots, distinguished either as subcutaneous or visceral. Lipectomy, by means of liposuction or abdominoplasty, is a common plastic surgery procedure, which can remove substantial amounts of subcutaneous fat. This systematic review aims to evaluate the impact of surgical removal of abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue on body weight and fat mass in females in the short- and long-term. A systematic review was conducted using a predetermined protocol established according to the Cochrane Handbook’s recommendations. PubMed, Scopus, CENTRAL, and the Cochrane Library were searched from inception to December 2014. Eligible studies were prospective studies with ≥1 month of follow-up that included female only individuals who underwent lipectomy of the abdominal region and reported on body weight, body mass index (BMI), or fat mass. Ten studies were included in this systematic review with a total of 231 individuals. A significant weight loss and BMI improvement were reported in 4 out of 5 studies with a mean follow-up of 1–2 months, but in none of the 5 studies with a longer follow-up (3–20 months). Fat mass showed a similar to weight change. The risk of bias was low for the two clinical trials but high for the observational studies included in the review. This systematic review revealed only a transient effect of abdominal lipectomy in body fat and weight in women, which fades a few months after the operation. These results corroborate the evidence from experimental and clinical studies, which support fat redistribution and compensatory fat growth, as a result of feedback mechanisms, triggered by fat removal. Additional clinical studies, with adequate follow-up, may further elucidate the long-term effects of abdominal lipectomy in body weight and composition. Systematic review registration PROSPERO CRD42015017564 (


Lipectomy Abdominoplasty Obesity Plastic surgery Body weight Body mass index 


Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the original studies of this review.

Human and Animal Rights

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Private practiceZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Plastic Surgery, Medical SchoolAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Unit of Reproductive Endocrinology, Medical SchoolAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  4. 4.Laboratory of Biochemistry, Medical SchoolAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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