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Journal of the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons 2005;32(2):237-244.
Published online March 1, 2005.
A New Design of Vertical Reduction Mammaplasty.
Hyung Bo Sim, Sang Jae Nam
Njelim Clinic BCC, Korea. 123sim@hanafos.com
Although the technique of vertical reduction mammaplasty has gained major popularity, it is difficult to perform and has the steep learning curve. The authors present a modification of the standard Lejour vertical mammaplasty that simplify the design and make it more reliable and easy to perform. We simplified the design by discarding the Mosque dome. From March 2000 to March 2004, we performed this technique for 40 patients with breast hypertrophy. The apex of the design was marked at the anterior projection of the inframammary fold. After resection of the breast tissue, the medial and lateral pillars were approximated. Then a new nipple- areola position was determined at 4.0-5.0cm from a new inframammary fold. The range of resection amount of breast tissues was from 150 to 750 gram. Most of the patients were satisfied with the results. There was no permanent sensory loss and nipple areola skin necrosis. But there was 1 case of hematoma on the first day after the operation. This technique presents several advantages. It allows shaping and projection without compromising the future nipple position and makes it easier to remove an excessive skin around the areolae. And it may be comfortable to adjust the position of the nipple at the end of the procedure. We believe that this modification helps to improve the results of the vertical reduction mammaplasty.
Keywords: Vertical mammaplasty; Lejour; Breast hypertrophy
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