The Art and Science beyond Body Contouring A Solution for Massive Weight Loss Patients
The massive weight loss often resulted in an excess of loose skin mainly in the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, chest, back, and laterally on the back. Consequently, most patients sought for a solution, provided by the plastic surgery through the body-contouring surgery. Abdominoplasty, arm lift, tight lift, breast lift, and liposuction are all body contouring procedures that aim to reshape the patients’ body. Furthermore, body-contouring surgery can improve the patients’ physical discomfort in daily life, also helping in the maintenance of normal BMI (body mass index) in formerly obese patients, thus having a positive aesthetic and psychosocial outcome. A key component of body contouring after massive weight loss is managing patient expectations. Understanding the risks of body contouring’s procedures is important for patient counseling and the informed consent process. The goal of this study was to perform a literature review concerning the indication, surgical technique, outcomes and complications of body-contouring surgery.