Abdominoplasty and lipoabdominoplasty surgery is one of the core procedures performed by plastic surgeons in the United States. As with most plastic surgery, it is part art and part science. In this article, the authors try to summarize the science behind this procedure, and point to the generally accepted artistic aspects that are currently still under debate. As this procedure has one of the highest morbidity and mortality rates in the specialty, the authors have also reviewed safe practices.
After viewing this course, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the safe techniques recommended for patients undergoing a lipoabdominoplasty.
- Demonstrate safe planning techniques for marking a patient for a lipoabdominoplasty.
- Summarize the various techniques for performing rectus plication.
- State the current understanding of chemoprophylaxis for outpatient surgical patients.
- Determine the appropriate placement and shape of the ideal umbilicus.
David J. Boudreault, MD; David A. Sieber, MD
Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery® Editors:
Editor-in-Chief: Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Co-Editor: James M. Stuzin, MD
Section Editor: Donald H. Lalonde, MD
Patient Safety Credit: 0.5
Media: Journal CME Article, Video
Published Date: 3/1/2019
Expiration Date: 3/1/2022
Estimated time to complete this course: 1.0 hour
Directly provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS®)
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The ASPS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This educational activity is intended for plastic surgery practitioners, residents, and other healthcare professionals interested in translating expanded knowledge into practice for the improvement of patient outcomes in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rohrich, MD is the Principal/Co-Principal Investigator of research grants awarded to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from Medicis, Mentor, and Contura Pharmaceutical. All research funds are provided directly to UT Southwestern. Dr. Stuzin has no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. Dr. Lalonde is a consultant for ASSI Instruments. None of the authors have any relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. All ASPS staff members managing this activity have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.
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