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Elliptical breast reconstruction: an improved and simplified technique.

Authors
  • Gold, A H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of plastic surgery
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1992
Volume
28
Issue
6
Pages
516–525
Identifiers
PMID: 1622032
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An improved and simplified postmastectomy reconstruction by tissue expansion is presented. Utilizing a uniquely designed matched tissue expander and prosthesis, the technique is based on an elliptical concept of breast shape and corresponding volumetric relationships and permits controlled expansion of the lower chest skin. Horizontal and vertical base dimensions and the volume of the contralateral breast are used to determine the size and volume of the appropriate elliptically shaped tissue expander and, subsequently, of the mammary implant. This approach permits surgeons to achieve symmetry more readily by matching the implant to the patient, rather than the patient to the implant.

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