Reduction mammaplasty may be necessary even after massive weight loss. Patients typically present with unfavorable breast features such as significant loss of upper pole volume, inelastic skin, and severe ptosis. The most common approach in the United States has been the Wise-pattern inferior pedicle technique, emphasizing skin excision. This report presents the short scar vertical reduction mammaplasty approach for the bariatric patient population. It aims to demonstrate improved outcomes with less scar burden. The study included 15 women (n = 29 breast reductions) with mean age of 41.8 years. All the patients had undergone gastric bypass surgery, with mean weight loss of 109 pounds and mean body mass index of 33.3 kg/m2. A modified superomedial pedicle vertical mammaplasty technique was used. New nipple position was placed lower than the inframammary fold in accordance with vertical lack of upper pole fullness. Suction-assisted lipectomy was used to contour the inferior pole of the breast before glandular resection. A full-thickness superomedial pedicle and median incision of the upper pole maximized pedicle safety. The mean breast resection was 605 g on the right side (range, 352–945) and 592 g on the left side (range, 360–908). Patient satisfaction was high, with pleasing and stable breast shape at long–term, and a mean patient-related aesthetic ranking of 4.3 of 5.0. No major complications were noted. It is shown that superomedial pedicle vertical reduction mammaplasty can be an alternative approach in bariatric patients, achieving long-term pleasing and stable results with significantly decreased scar burden.
From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
Received May 13, 2010, and accepted for publication, after revision, May 22, 2010.
Reprints: Mustafa Akyurek, MD, PhD, FACS, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, UMass Medical Center, 281 Lincoln St, Worcester, MA 01605. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.