Melvin A. Shiffman and Sid Mirrafati (eds) aesthetic surgery
of the abdominal wall
Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2005, 236 pp, 398 illustrations (348 in color)
Published online: 1 September 2005
Ó Springer-Verlag 2005
Ivo Pitanguy—Introduction, ‘‘I am sure that, for both the
younger and more experienced surgeon, this book will
become a reference text, covering all aspects of plastic
abdominal surgery.’’ The authors state in the preface,
‘‘The hope is that surgeons can learn the proper tech-
niques for performing aesthetic surgery on the abdominal
wall...’’ Two diﬀerent hopes! Are both fulﬁlled?
In the 27 chapters, 13 are written by the main author,
8 by Doctor Shiﬀman and 3 by Doctor Mirrafati. The
abdominal anatomy is discussed in detail, and should be
studied by those beginning to do this surgery. The aes-
thetic problems presented by these patients are discussed
in a chapter of 25 pages. This should be studied by
plastic surgeons, and will be valuable in the prevention
of complications or more signiﬁcant problems.
There is a short but useful chapter on abdominal
liposuction. This is followed by history, consultation,
classiﬁcation and selection—an area which is well
known to all of us who do this surgery.
The various techniques are clearly outlined and in
Chapter 9, Doctor Pitanguy presents his own approach
which is fairly standard.
Oscar Ramirez, Richard Moufarre
ge, and Jacques
Faivre present a spectrum of abdominoplasties which
should be studied. The techniques may be used as they
are or various parts of the procedure can be combined to
put together the best approach.
Doctor Zukowski discussed endoscopic abdomin-
oplasty which is interesting and may be the way of the
In Chapter 5, Doctor Shiﬀman presents methods of
There are two chapters, which consider complications
general and speciﬁcally related to abdominal wall
In the last part of the book, the history of liposuction
and consultation instructions are considered in signiﬁ-
cant detail. The paperwork, informed consent, health
questionnaire, and photo release together with the sur-
gical checklist are comprehensively presented and dis-
cussed—a very valuable chapter.
The last chapters, ‘‘Vibrotumescent Liposuction of
the Abdominal Wall‘’, syringe liposuction, megalipo-
suction, liposuction followed by abdominoplasty,
extensive abdominoplasty and large volume lipoplasty,
prevention of complications, prevention of thrombo-
embolism, and medicolegal aspects of this surgery merit
careful reading, especially the ﬁnal chapter.
This is a useful book for presurgical consultation,
quick to read, clearly presented information, without
frills. I believe that the hopes of Pitanguy and the au-
thors have, by and large, been fulﬁlled.
Southﬁeld, MI, USA
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