The Dual Vascular Pedicle: A Novel Method to Approach Challenging Cases in Single-Stage Mastopexy/Augmentation.

Montemurro, Paolo, Cheema, Mubashir, Hedén, Per and Pellegatta, Tommaso (2021) The Dual Vascular Pedicle: A Novel Method to Approach Challenging Cases in Single-Stage Mastopexy/Augmentation. Aesthetic plastic surgery. ISSN 1432-5241.

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Age, pregnancy and weight change can affect the shape of the female breast. Various mastopexy/augmentation techniques have been described to address these changes which work well in primary and uncomplicated cases. However, there is a distinctive category of high-risk patients which includes post-bariatric, active smokers, those with poor skin quality, wanting larger implants or undergoing secondary surgery. The complications reported in this group of patients are as high as 32%.


We describe a new technique of one-stage mastopexy/augmentation, using a wide dermo-glandular pedicle, and our early results with 51 consecutive patients.


Fifty-one patients were operated between January 2016 and September 2018, with a mean age of 40.0 years. Ten patients were smokers, eight were post-massive weight loss, six had previous mastopexy. At a mean follow-up of 22 months, only two patients had a unilateral bottoming out. There were no incidents of hematoma, seroma, capsular contracture or major tissue-related complications.


Plastic surgery has been described as a struggle between beauty and blood supply. We have performed a one-stage mastopexy/augmentation using a wide and thick dermo-glandular glandular pedicle to maximize the blood supply in a range of challenging patients with promising results.


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Item Type: Article
Subjects: WO Surgery
WP Gynaecology. Women’s health
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 12:58
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2021 12:58

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