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Revista chilena de cirugía

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DANILLA E., Stefan et al. Upper Body Lift: Cases series from a clinical hospital between years 2013-2016, and description of the surgical technique. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2018, vol.70, n.5, pp.402-408. ISSN 0718-4026.


Obese patients gets beneficial health effects with the massive weight loss, however they develop excessive redundant skin and become physical problems affecting their quality of life. In severe cases, the conventional body contouring techniques are not able to solve this large alterations, being necessary to use more extensive procedures. The Upper Body Lift is a technique that offers integral management of the upper trunk.


To describe a case series of patients submitted to Upper Body Lift and present the surgical technique.

Materials and Methods:

Prospective case series of patients with Upper Body Lift between January 2013 and June 2016 in a clinical hospital. Patients with incomplete information or operated in another center were excluded. Descriptive statistics was used.


8 patients were included, age 39.75 ± 9.37 years, 6 (75%) women. Prior to the contouring surgery they lose 36.75 ± 9.11 kg, reaching a BMI of 25.97 ± 2.35 kg/m2. In men the chest region was managed with liposuction and subsequent nipple graft, in women mastopexy without implants was performed in 5. No major complications was observed, 4 had minor complications during the postoperative period.


This series presents similar results to those described by other authors.


The Upper Body Lift offers comprehensive and successful management in patients with large upper body disturbance.

Keywords : weight loss; plastic surgery; upper extremity.

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