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Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Jan;113(1):411-7; discussion 418.

Maximizing the use of the abdominoplasty incision.

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY , USA.


Candidates for abdominoplasty often request multiple procedures at the time of consultation. Some of these patients have the potential opportunity to have ancillary procedures performed through the abdominoplasty incision, such as breast augmentation or suction-assisted lipectomy. Access via the abdominoplasty incision can also limit the need for distant donor sites, for instance, when autologous fillers or rib graft are necessary. The techniques described are straightforward and are based on standard principles that should be considered when ancillary procedures are performed in conjunction with abdominal contouring procedures. In a review of 70 consecutive patients undergoing abdominoplasty, 91 ancillary procedures were performed in conjunction with the abdominoplasty. Of the total number of patients undergoing abdominoplasty, 29 patients underwent 30 procedures facilitated through their abdominoplasty incision, including 23 suction-assisted lipectomies of the flanks, six breast augmentations, and one rib cartilage harvesting for rhinoplasty. A review of the author's experience and discussion for potential options afforded by this exposure are presented.

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