Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
Cosmetic Section: Techniques in Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Augmentation: Choosing the Optimal Incision, Implant, and Pocket Plane

Hidalgo, David A. M.D.

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A retrospective study of 220 patients was performed to review surgical design in breast augmentation. Three specific issues were studied: incision site, implant variables, and pocket plane selection. The influence of these three factors on aesthetic results in both primary and secondary cases was the focus of the analysis. No attempt was made to address long-term issues such as capsular contracture or saline implant deflation rates. In 77 primary augmentation patients and 80 unilateral augmentations for symmetry in breast reconstruction, there were the following untoward results: 11 revisions for unilateral malposition, change to a different implant shape, or change to a larger implant size; four deflations of saline implants requiring replacement; and four conversions of saline to silicone gel implants. In 63 secondary cases, there were two hematomas and two infections requiring implant removal and subsequent replacement. Operative technique in breast augmentation is described, as are recommendations for each of the options associated with the three variables studied.

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