Dong Chul Kim, Chi Ho Shin, Sung Hoon Yu, Ji Hoon Kim, Chong Kun Lee, Chang En Chung, Byung Duk Min
Striae gravidarum are a common problem in postpartum women, who may experience serious emotional distress due to multiple streaks of scars on the abdomen. There is still no consensus on the treatment method for this problem. For a postpartum woman in her late 30s, who requested striae removal from the lower mid-abdomen, we developed and performed the keyhole-shaped vertical mini-abdominoplasty. This 37-year-old woman, who had given birth to two children, presented with multiple striae on the lower mid-abdomen and periumbilical area, as well as mild bulging in this area. The keyhole-shaped vertical mini-abdominoplasty, including multiple striae on the lower mid-abdomen and periumbilical skin, was designed. An area of striated lower abdominal and periumbilical skin, measuring approximately 10×15 cm2 and weighing about 450 g, was excised. Midline reinforcement of the loosened anterior rectus sheath with 3-0 Prolene sutures was done. Both lateral abdominal skin flaps were medially advanced to close the skin defects. Postoperatively, the patient had a favorable lower abdominal appearance with markedly fewer striae on the lower mid-abdomen and periumbilical area. The keyhole vertical mini-abdominoplasty can effectively correct moderate striae on the lower mid-abdomen and periumbilical area in postpartum women in their late 30s to middle age.
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