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Ann Plast Surg. 2001 Apr;46(4):357-63.

An outcomes analysis and satisfaction survey of 199 consecutive abdominoplasties.

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Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH, USA.


Abdominoplasty is a popular body-contouring procedure. In this study the authors review retrospectively 199 abdominoplasty patients during a 15-year period to identify factors that affect overall outcome. Patients included 190 women and 9 men. The complication rate was 32% with few major complications (1.4%). The revision rate was 43%, and was related to fine-tuning the aesthetic appearance. Patients were divided into four groups based on tobacco use and history of diabetes and hypertension. There was no significant difference in revision rates or major complications between the subgroups. Minor complication rates, however, were significantly higher in smokers and patients with diabetes and/or hypertension. Complication and revision rates in patients undergoing intra-abdominal procedures combined with abdominoplasty were not significantly different from those patients undergoing abdominoplasty alone. A patient survey revealed symptom improvement in 95% of patients. Eighty-six percent of patients were satisfied with their result, and 86% would recommend abdominoplasty to a friend. The authors conclude that abdominoplasty is a safe and satisfying procedure, whether performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure. Patients are pleased with the outcome and have improvement in their symptoms, with minimal health risk. There is, however, a significant incidence of minor complications, related primarily to wound healing. These complications are increased significantly in smokers and patients with diabetes and/or hypertension. Revision rates are not different significantly between the subgroups. When complications do occur or revisions are required, they are minor and managed easily in an office setting.

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