Utilizing the lateral excess for autologous augmentation in massive weight loss patients
The number of patients in need of a mastopexy with autologous augmentation after massive weight loss (MWL) increases along with the increasing number of bariatric surgeries. The primary aim of this paper was to visualize how we utilize the lateral excess of the breast for auto augmentation. The secondary aim was to assess the outcome using the LOPOSAM technique in a larger study population. This retrospective study included 72 MWL patients aged 40±9 years undergoing a bilateral LOPOSAM procedure, between March 2015 and April 2018. All patients had undergone a weight loss of more than 15 BMI units, had a BMI of less than 30 kg/m2 at the time of surgery and functional problems due to excess or lax skin. Patient demographics, comorbidities, cause of MWL, operative time and complications were recorded. The mean weight loss was 58±18 kg or 21±6 BMI units. The mean operative time was 97±39 minutes. The surgical goal was achieved in all patients. Three patients (4%) experienced hematomas requiring surgical intervention. The utilization of the lateral excess of the breast for auto augmentation in MWL patients is visualized. The long term results using the LOPOSAM mastopexy technique shows that the technique is quick, safe and with a low rate of complications.