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Ann Chir Plast Esthet. 2011 Aug;56(4):342-50. doi: 10.1016/j.anplas.2010.10.002. Epub 2010 Nov 17.

[Advantages of the superior areolar approach for tuberous breast II and III correction with implants].

[Article in French]

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Service de chirurgie plastique, reconstructrice et esthétique, cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc (UCL), Bruxelles, Belgique.


Tuberous breast is a mammary malformation that remains difficult to treat in most cases. It results from an abnormal development of the mammary base, mainly at the lower pole of the breast. The superficialis fascia is adherent to the dermis and deep plane. For type II and III of Grolleau's classification, we were confronted by some difficulties with inferior areolar approach as in Puckett's or Ribeiro's techniques. We had frequently an insufficient glandular volume at the inferior part of the breast and an early look of a "double bubble" deformity. We propose a technical modification to these procedures using a superior hemiareolar approach to place the implant. Associated with an incision of the deep part of the superficialis fascia, it provides a good-shaped lower pole of the breast by preserving glandular volume at this part and reduces the apparition of "double bubble". We operated on 14 types II-III tuberous breasts on nine female patients and had no significant complication. The mean follow-up is 36 months and the results were very satisfying for the patient and her surgeon.

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