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Asian J Surg. 2015 Oct;38(4):232-5. doi: 10.1016/j.asjsur.2013.07.003. Epub 2013 Aug 23.

Goldilocks mastectomy for obese Japanese females with breast ptosis.

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Department of Breast Surgery, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-174 Edobashi Tsu, Mie 514-8507, Japan. Electronic address:


The Goldilocks mastectomy is a method that uses redundant mastectomy flap tissue alone to create a breast mound in female American patients with macromastia. Goldilocks mastectomy was performed for obese Japanese females with breast ptosis, and its indications were considered for Japanese female patients. This report presents the results of five patients who underwent Goldilocks mastectomy, including one with bilateral breast cancer. The average age of the patients was 72 years (range: 67-76 years). The body mass index (BMI) was more than 25 in all the cases. Four patients had invasive ductal carcinoma, and one patient had noninvasive ductal carcinoma of bilateral breasts. The cosmetic results were found to be good in two cases [a patient with bilateral breast cancer and a severely obese patient (BMI = 39)]. The cosmetic results in the other three cases were poor. Although the reconstructed breast size was small, this procedure resulted in better cosmetic results than what would be achieved with the usual method of mastectomy for Japanese patients with bilateral breast cancer and severely obese Japanese patients.


breast cancer; breast reconstruction; subcutaneous mastectomy

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