Contouring of the midtrunk in overweight patients


Classical abdominoplasty primarily addresses the anterior abdominal wall. It involves a low transverse incision, extensive undermining in the supra-aponeurotic plane, correction of the musculofascial flaccidity, and resection of excessive skin and fat. The introduction of suction lipectomy into the armamentarium of the plastic surgeon has allowed a more thorough, yet safer, contouring of the entire midtrunk. When used in conjunction with a modified W-type abdominoplasty, circumferential suction lipectomy has yielded excellent results in contouring the midtrunk of overweight patients. It is the purpose of this article to present our technique for this procedure.

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Teimourian, B., Gotkin, R.H. Contouring of the midtrunk in overweight patients. Aesth. Plast. Surg. 13, 145–153 (1989).

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Key words

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Body contouring
  • Dermatolipectomy
  • Suction lipectomy