Surgical Delay Facilitates Pedicled Nipple-sparing Mastectomy and Reconstruction in the Ptotic Patient

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Abstract

Summary:

Significant ptosis is a relative contraindication for nipple-sparing mastectomy and reconstruction. Repositioning of the nipple on the reconstructed breast is best accomplished using a pedicled approach that is risky in the immediate setting. We utilized a surgical delay before reconstruction that allowed for repositioning of the nipple-areola complex on an inferior pedicle. This also allows for resizing of the nipple-areola complex, reliable complete coverage of the prosthesis with viable tissue, and creation of an ideal skin envelope in patients with skin excess. Here, we present the first description of a surgical delay to facilitate pedicled nipple-sparing mastectomy and reconstruction.

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