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Revista chilena de cirugía

On-line version ISSN 0718-4026


DANILLA E., Stefan et al. Body contouring surgery in patients with massive weight loss in a university hospital. Study of frequencies. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2018, vol.70, n.3, pp.257-265. ISSN 0718-4026.


Massive weight loss in obese, has beneficial health effects, however patients usually presents excessive adiposity and redundant skin, that generates physical and psychological problems. The body contouring surgery helps to modify the contour of the body to achieve aesthetic harmony. There are few national studies that describe the epidemiology of body contour surgery in patients with massive weight loss.


Describes a series of patients with massive weight loss with body contour surgery and its complications.

Materials and Methods

A prospective series of patients with body contouring surgery with a history of low body mass, between January 2013 and June 2016, in a university hospital. Patients with incomplete information or operated at another center were excluded. Descriptive statistics was used.


120 patients with body contouring surgery and low weight mass were included. Age of 38.4 ± 10.4 years, 105 (87.5%) were women. 110 (91.67%) were bariatric patients. BMI of 26.56 ± 3.26 kg/m2 and a weight loss of 39.06 ± 14.17 Kg were reached previous the contouring surgery. The most frequent surgery was the standard abdominoplasty 79 (65.83%), followed by mastopexy with implants 21 (17.5%). 1 (0.83%) presented major complication and 33 (27.5%) had a minor complication during the postoperative period.


This series presents results similar to other authors, with a lower rate of postoperative complications.


The Body contouring surgery are safe procedures, which provides a solution to the bodily sequels after massive weight loss according to our experience.

Keywords : weight Loss; reconstructive surgery; postoperative complication.

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