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Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana

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MORALES-OLIVERA, José Martín. Rithydoplasty and postbariatric neck management: extended cervical disection technique. Cir. plást. iberolatinoam. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.3, pp.261-274.  Epub 01-Nov-2021. ISSN 1989-2055.

Background and objective.

Rithydoplasty had a constant evolution since its description, however, it has always been directed at patients who request it due to the natural aging process, with all techniques focusing on the central facial region.

The objective of this paper is to describe a surgical technique aimed at patients who underwent bariatric surgery and who, after losing weight on a massive scale, had severe sequelae not only on the face but also on the neck.


A rithydoplasty technique was performed with extended dissection of the cervical region (up to the supraclavicular edge), to free the skin from the area and achieve greater traction, which, together with a lateral plication of the platysma, correct that aspect of heavy neck characteristic of patients with significant weight losses through over correction of the menthocervical angle and the cervicofacial sulcus. Efficacy was evaluated by the results obtained and safety according to the complications presented.


Sixty-five patients who complied with the postbariatric perioperative protocol and with severe sequelae were included; 97.4% were women, average aged 44.7 years; 98.7% underwent gastric bypass, with an average loss of 52.55 kg. The 67.69% underwent rhytidoplasty as the third surgical time (after lower and upper body lifting). The average surgical time was 3.7 hours and the general complications were 9.18%. Regarding satisfaction in the correction of sequelae, 84.6% reported a high satisfactory result and 12.3% moderate.


Rhytidoplasty with extended neck dissection in postbariatric patients is an effective technique, safe and, most of all, a reproducible technique.

Palavras-chave : Rithydoplasty; Postbariatric neck; Massive weight loss; Bariatric surgery; Postbariatric surgery.

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