Biplanar Lipoabdominoplasty: Introducing the Subscarpal Lipo Aponeurotic System

Yoram Wolf*, Oren Weissman, Helena Dima, Judith Sandbank, Yifat Fainzilber-Goldman

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Background: Preservation of Scarpa's fascia in abdominoplasty has been previously presented. Herein we introduce the subscarpal lipo aponeurotic system (SLAS) and the technique of preserving the SLAS and its tightening in lipoabdominoplasty. Methods: A retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent lipoabdominoplasty performed by a single plastic surgeon (YW) between 2014 and 2019 was conducted. We compared postoperative complications, aesthetic outcomes, and procedure lengths between standard and biplanar lipoabdominoplasty with SLAS tightening. Supra-scarpal fat and SLAS tissue specimens were obtained for histological analysis. Results: In total, 179 patients underwent biplanar lipoabdominoplasty with SLAS tightening and were compared with a control group of 65 patients who underwent standard lipoabdominoplasty. Fifty-four patients (29.9%) underwent concomitant umbilical, epigastric, or postoperative ventral hernia (POVH) repair. No major complications were encountered other than one skin necrosis in a standard lipoabdominoplasty. Moderate complication rate was 10.05% in the biplanar group, compared with 16.92% in the standard lipoabdominoplasty. The average length of the procedure and overall aesthetic results were equivalent. Conclusions: The SLAS can be individually dissected and used during abdominoplasty. No statistically significant differences were found in complication rates, length of procedure, or aesthetic outcomes between standard and biplanar lipoabdominoplasty with SLAS tightening. Further investigation is needed. Nonetheless, we postulate that patients who would benefit the most from this procedure are those with weakening of the abdominal wall, and with some fullness of the hip line, as this technique adds reinforcement to the lower abdomen and "pulls in"the flanks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E4000
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open
Issue number1
StatePublished - 5 Jan 2022


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