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Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Nov;71(5):547-9. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3182503b11.

The impact of abdominoplasty after massive weight loss: a qualitative study.

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  • 1From the *Division of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, ‚ĆDepartment of Plastic Surgery, and ‚Ä°Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria.


A sharp increase in bariatric surgery has resulted in a spike in the population of patients seeking plastic surgery after massive weight loss. This study was undertaken to determine how patients experience plastic surgical removal of an overlap flap and how they benefit from the surgery. A content analysis of interviews with 10 patients who underwent abdominoplasty was carried out approximately 12 months after the procedure. All interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, and analyzed using inductive reasoning. The data were then organized into categories that reflected emerging themes. All patients reported benefits in areas such as mental health, quality of life, or body image. Plastic surgery after weight loss improves psychosocial well-being. These results will influence the indication for a reconstructive operation in future and underline the need for reconstructive surgery in a multidisciplinary care program after weight loss surgery in morbidly obese patients.

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