Personal Evolution in Thighplasty Techniques for Patients Following Massive Weight Loss

Shelly M. Xie, Kevin Small, Ran Stark, Ryan S. Constantine, Jordan P. Farkas, Jeffrey M. Kenkel

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Background Lockwood described the importance of Colles' fascia anchoring in medial thighplasty to reduce morbidity associated with the procedure. However, this maneuver may still have complications including traumatic dissection, prolonged edema, and potential wound healing ramifications form increased tension. Alternatively, we suggest orienting tension in medial thighplasty for massive weight loss (MWL) patients in the horizontal vector rather than a vertical direction, negating the need for Colles' fascia anchoring. Objectives To compare the morbidities, complications, and outcomes between Colles' fascia suture fixation (CFSF) and horizontal vector fixation (HVF) in medial thighplasties in MWL patients. Methods A retrospective chart review was conducted on an Institutional Review Board approved database of MWL patients who had medial thighplasty between October 2004 and March 2014. Patient demographics and surgical outcomes were reviewed between those MWL patients with CFSF and HVF. Results Of 65 post-MWL patients, 26 (40.0%) patients were in the CFSF group, and 39 (60.0%) patients were in the HVF group. The 2 groups had statistically equivocal preoperative characteristics and comorbidities. Intraoperatively, the HVF group had increased use of barbed suture (92.3% vs 30.6%, P < 0.0001) and liposuction (71.8% vs 26.9%, P < 0.0001). Postoperatively, the HVF group had decreased incidence of infection (5.1% vs 23.0%, P = 0.051) and lymphocele/seroma (10.3% vs 34.6%, P = 0.0257). No statistical differences were observed for dehiscence, necrosis, or hematoma. Conclusions HVF for medial thighplasty in MWL patients is a safe and effective procedure, with a lower complication profile than CFSF. Furthermore, the incorporation of barbed sutures and/or liposuction may help to achieve optimal results. Level of Evidence: 3

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1124-1135
Number of pages12
JournalAesthetic surgery journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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