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Inverted Nipple Treatment and Poliglecaprone Spacer

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Abstract

Introduction

Nipple inversion is defined as a non-projectile nipple. It is a frequent pathologic condition, in which the whole nipple, or a portion of its, is buried inward towards the lactiferous duct and lies below the plane of the areola. Numerous strategies have been described to correct nipple inversion. All the procedures have the purpose to give a good shape to the nipple, preserving its function and sensitivity, when it is possible. To avoid recurrences and to obtain good aesthetic results, we present a modified percutaneous technique.

Method

We performed a retrospective study between 2011 and 2016 and included all the cases of inverted nipples treated in our department. Our modified percutaneous technique consists of a minimal incision supported by a percutaneous suture as a temporary spacer to fill the defect caused by releasing the fibro-ductal bands.

Results

A total of 41 cases of inverted nipples were corrected in 32 patients. After 1 year of follow-up, no recurrence was observed and all nipples maintained complete eversion. There was only one case of partial unilateral necrosis in a patient who underwent tumorectomy and radiotherapy. All patients were satisfied with the aesthetic outcomes.

Conclusion

This is a simple, safe and cheap technique that should be considered as a reliable method for long-term correction of nipple inversion.

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Dessena, L., Dast, S., Perez, S. et al. Inverted Nipple Treatment and Poliglecaprone Spacer. Aesth Plast Surg 42, 958–963 (2018) doi:10.1007/s00266-018-1139-5

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Keywords

  • Inverted nipple
  • Percutaneous
  • Poliglecaprone spacer