Goldilocks Mastectomy with Bilateral In Situ Nipple Preservation Via Dermal Pedicle

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Abstract

Summary:

Patients who don’t want or can’t have formal breast reconstruction after mastectomy surgery can be considered for a Goldilocks mastectomy, where the breast fullness is recreated from what is left behind after the gland tissue is removed from underneath the skin in a breast reduction pattern. A Goldilocks mastectomy does not require the use of implants or tissue transfer from other parts of the body and may be completed in a single surgery. This is best suited for larger breasted women who are willing to have much smaller breasts as a result. Previously, it was a challenge to be able to preserve the nipples when this operation was performed; however, this article describes a patient who had a bilateral Goldilocks mastectomy for right breast cancer who was able to save her nipples by keeping the blood flow in place from the surrounding skin. Conventional breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a challenge for larger breasted women. The Goldilocks mastectomy technique was designed to make best use of the redundant lower pole skin and subcutaneous fat to recreate a breast mound without a prosthetic implant or autologous tissue transfer. In its original description, the Goldilocks mastectomy did not include a means for nipple preservation. In this report, we describe the further refinement of the Goldilocks procedure that preserves the nipple areolar complex using a dermal pedicle. A patient with large pendulous breasts and right breast carcinoma underwent a bilateral Goldilocks nipple-sparing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction without an implant or flap.

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