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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 305-313

Medial thigh contouring after massive weight loss: the Liposuction-Assisted Medial Thigh Lift (LAMeT)


1 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Via Aldo Moro, Italy
2 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via Aldo Moro, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Verdiana Di Pietro
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Via Aldo Moro, 7, 67100 L’Aquila (AQ).
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_130_18

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Introduction: Following massive weight loss (MWL), medial contouring of the thigh is frequently requested to improve the appearance and function. Thigh lifting can be associated with significant complications if the medial thigh excess is removed en bloc. In this article, we describe the Liposuction-Assisted Medial Thigh Lift (LAMeT) and evaluate the outcomes and complications in a retrospective cohort study. Materials and Methods: A total of 54 females aged between 25 and 61 years with Grade 2 or 3 of thigh deformity on Pittsburgh Rating Scale (PRS) underwent medial thigh reduction. Vertical thigh lift with fascia suspension was performed in 25 patients with third degree of ptosis on PRS, horizontal thigh lift with fascia suspension was performed in 3 patients with second degree on PRS, LAMeT was performed in 26 patients with second and third degree on PRS. Results: Complications were observed in 35.7% of the patients that underwent the standard technique and in 3.8% patients that underwent the LAMeT. The most frequent complication was seroma. Hospital stay was significantly lower in the LAMeT group. Conclusions: Medial thigh lift is a safe and satisfying procedure because it provides aesthetic improvement in massive weight loss patients. The complication rate is higher when skin excess and laxity are removed en bloc because the resection of the excess tissue is poorly selective. The LAMeT preserves lymphatic and blood vessels and allows a more anatomical resection of the excess skin. Thus, the incidence of postoperative complications is lower and the patients heal faster.


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