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Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Jul;63(1):28-33. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e318188b976.

Mastopexy techniques after massive weight loss: an algorithmic approach and review of the literature.

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Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


Mastopexy after massive weight loss (MWL) poses unique challenges that may not be successfully addressed with traditional mastopexy procedures. Several novel techniques have been proposed to improve esthetic outcomes; however, little data exists to guide the plastic surgeon on choice of technique for individual patients. A literature review revealed 10 articles with specific emphasis on mastopexy techniques in MWL patients. These articles focused on ways to improve shape, projection, and long-term results, using autologous tissue alone or combined with breast implants. Key concepts include increasing volume of the breast by utilizing excess axillary tissue (lateral thoracic/spiral/intercostal artery perforator flap), modification of existing superomedial pedicle techniques to maximize breast volume, and increasing breast parenchymal support with suture fixation and dermal suspension. This article offers an algorithmic approach to treat breast ptosis in the MWL patient based on breast volume, axillary tissue, desired scar location, and preferred surgical technique.

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