Preservation of projection after reduction mammaplasty: long-term follow-up of the inferior pedicle technique

W F Reus, S J Mathes
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1988, 82 (4): 644-52
In reduction mammaplasty by the inferior pedicle technique, the dermal-breast pedicle can be manipulated to form a central breast mound and enhance breast projection. When this technique is applied both to macromastia and breast asymmetry, excellent early results are reported. To study the effects of time on breast reduction, 22 patients were followed for an average of 4.7 years. Contour of the breast mound and projection are well preserved. However, evaluation of long-term results reveals a gradual increase in the inframammary fold to inferior areola distance. Since no increase in the midclavicle to nipple distance is observed, inferior migration of the breast parenchyma and superior displacement of the nipple-areola with respect to the breast mound occur after reduction mammaplasty with the inferior pedicle technique.

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