Background: The great skin excess resultant after the weight loss of patients submitted to a surgical treatment for morbid obesity is unpleasant and most of the time debilitating. The treatment of these sequelae often needs several surgical interventions. Method: The study presents a series of 11 patients submitted to 20 operations to the correction of skin excess secondary to gastroplasty from December 2004 to December 2006. There were eight female and three male. The average age was 39.6. The mean of weight loss after bariatric surgery was 65 kg. Regarding the operations, there were ten abdominoplasties, eight being anchor and three conventional, with three patients requiring hernioplasty associated. The average of abdominal skin flap and fat was 3.7kg. Still, three mamoplasties were done with silicone prostheses, three brachial lifts, one thoracic lift and two crural lift. Results: Four minor complications have happened after the procedures. Conclusion: The body contour surgery in patients with major weight loss, who underwent gastroplasty, has provided an improvement in life quality, reintegrating them into society, into their jobs and restoring their self esteem.
Keywords: Morbid obesity, surgery. Gastroplasty. Bariatric surgery. Plastic surgery. Abdomen, surgery