Mini-abdominoplasty in burn reconstruction

Pirko Maguina, Brittany Busse, Jessica Emelin

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The excision of excessive fat and subcutaneous tissue in the infraumbilical region, also known as "mini-abdominoplasty, " can be used to harvest skin for burn reconstruction. The resultant full-thickness grafts are less prone to contracture than split-thickness grafts. They are particularly useful in areas where mobility is important, such as the neck and areas overlying major joints. It allows a single-stage reconstruction with little donor site morbidity and favorable long-term functional outcomes. Multiple other donor sites have been reported, most commonly the groin and small pinch grafts on the trunk, but they provide only small amounts of skin when compared with the abdomen. The authors report 12 cases of patients who were treated for sequelae of burns with full-thickness abdominal skin grafts that were procured by mini-abdominoplasties for the sole purpose of obtaining the skin. The mini-abdominoplasty in this series was found to be an effective, safe technique that provides large amounts of full-thickness skin for reconstruction. While the size of the grafts varied with age and size of the abdomen, up to 40 x 15 cm can be obtained in adults. The donor site complications are rare but most commonly include seromas and dehiscence of the wound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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Abdominoplasty
Transplants
Skin
Tissue Donors
Abdomen
Seroma
Groin
Subcutaneous Tissue
Contracture
Burns
Neck
Joints
Fats
Morbidity
Wounds and Injuries

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  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

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Mini-abdominoplasty in burn reconstruction. / Maguina, Pirko; Busse, Brittany; Emelin, Jessica.

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Maguina, Pirko ; Busse, Brittany ; Emelin, Jessica. / Mini-abdominoplasty in burn reconstruction. In: Journal of Burn Care and Research. 2012 ; Vol. 33, No. 2.
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