Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand the different variables that are inherent to breast augmentation. 2. Identify certain breast shape characteristics that make one approach more advantageous than others. 3. Take into account certain patient characteristics to develop a logical surgical plan for breast augmentation.
Summary: The optimal technique for breast augmentation has always been debated, and numerous variables fit the needs of the variously shaped patients in our population. The purpose of this article is to present the advantages and disadvantages of the various techniques available in breast augmentation so that, in conjunction with the patient's physical examination, a sound surgical plan can be developed for aesthetic augmentation of the breast.
From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center.
[Reprinted from Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 114(5): 73e, 2004.]
Received for publication October 25, 2002; revised June 6, 2003.
This is a reprinted CME article only and cannot be taken for credit.
Scott L. Spear, M.D.; Division of Plastic Surgery; Georgetown University Medical Center; 1st Floor, PHC Building; 3800 Reservoir Road N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20007; firstname.lastname@example.org