The Balcony Technique of Breast Augmentation and Inverted-T Mastopexy With an Inferior Dermoglandular Flap

R. de Vita, Giovanni Zoccali, E. M. Buccheri

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Abstract

Background: Optimal breast augmentation-mastopexy involves a reliable technique, fast recovery, minimal complications, and aesthetic results that are excellent and enduring. Objectives: The authors sought to determine whether the balcony technique of augmentation-mastopexy was safe and yielded satisfactory long-term outcomes in patients with breast ptosis and hypoplasia. Methods: The authors conducted a retrospective review of 207 patients who underwent subglandular augmentation and inverted-T mastopexy with a customized Wise keyhole resection pattern and an inferior flap. Patient satisfaction was assessed anonymously on a visual analog scale via a questionnaire administered 4 years postoperatively. Results: A total of 182 women received follow-up for 48 months and were included in statistical analyses. High levels of satisfaction were determined using Fischer exact test for breast shape, size, and symmetry, but not for other items, such as scar appearance, body perception, or self-esteem. The most common complications were Baker II capsular contracture and wound dehiscence. No patient experienced nipple loss or skin flap necrosis. Conclusions: The results of this long-term analysis demonstrate that the balcony technique of augmentation-mastopexy is suitable for patients with breast ptosis and hypoplasia. Level of Evidence: 4.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1114-1123
Number of pages10
JournalAesthetic Surgery Journal
Volume37
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 2017

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