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Revista chilena de cirugía

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DANILLA E., Stefan et al. Lower Body Lift: Integral management of the lower trunk in patients with massive weight loss. Case series and description of the Surgical Technique. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2018, vol.70, n.4, pp.336-341. ISSN 0718-4026.


Obesity is a public health problem; bariatric surgery is an effective treatment to weight loss. Skin surplus and adiposity can produce physical and psychological problems. The management of these patients requires large cutaneous resections. The Lower Body Lift is an integral strategy that allows to handle abdominal, gluteal and proximal thigh area.


Present a series of patients with massive weight loss using the Lower Body Lift and expose the surgical technique.

Materials and Method:

Cohort of patients managed with Lower Body Lift by plastic surgeons of a university clinical hospital, between January 2013 and June 2016. A descriptive analysis of the series was realized. And the surgical technique is exposed.


Of a total of 97 lower body contour procedures in patients with massive weight loss, 17 (17.52%) were Lower Body Lift. 14 (82.35%) were women, with a mean age of 39.2 ± 11.2 years. On average, the patients had a weight loss of 41.4 ± 14.9 kg, with the BMI at the time of the intervention of 26.02 ± 6.17 kg/m2.


Patients with massive weight loss have a large cutaneous surplus that may require extensive resections to achieve satisfactory contour correction. Our patients had a weight loss of about 40 Kg prior to surgery, reaching almost normal BMI. The Lower Body Lift technique successfully corrects the aftermath of massive weight loss, with associated low complications.

Keywords : abdominoplasty; weight loss; plastic surgery.

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