Mastopexy on Reconstructed Breast Following Massive Weight Loss: An Innovative Technique Using Dermo-Capsular Flaps
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We have developed a dermo-capsular flap mastopexy technique for patients who have experienced massive weight loss after breast reconstruction. The aim of this technique is to lift the inframammary fold, adequately cover the implant, and remove excess skin, elevating the breast and obtaining symmetry with the contralateral breast.
Between January 2014 and February 2017, we performed this technique on 20 women who were candidates for second-stage breast reconstruction following nipple-sparing mastectomy. All patients had experienced substantial weight loss (> 15 kg) and presented with ptosis after first-stage reconstruction.
There were 8 patients with bilateral reconstruction following bilateral mastectomy (4 with bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy). There were 12 patients with unilateral mastectomy, all with contralateral breast ptosis treated by augmentation via inverted-T mastopexy (n = 7) or crescent mastopexy (n = 5). The average lift of the nipple-areola complex was 5 cm (range 2–8 cm). The average follow-up was 12 months (range 4–36 months). Two patients had complications, including partial wound dehiscence (in a heavy smoker) and recurrence of breast asymmetry.
Implant breast reconstruction after massive weight loss is still possible even in the setting of thin, ptotic, and anelastic breast tissue. Our inverted-T dermo-capsular flap mastopexy technique for reconstructed breast is safe and effective with good outcomes and high patient satisfaction.
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KeywordsMastopexy Breast reconstruction Implant Expander tissue Capsular flap
The authors do not have any commercial associations that might pose or create a conflict of interest with information presented in this communication. No intramural or extramural funding supported any aspect of this work.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of our University.
Each patient provided written informed consent before the participation in the study.
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