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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Articles of Interest Sneak Peak: A Process for Quantifying Aesthetic and Functional Breast Surgery: II- Applying
At least twice a month, PRSonally Speaking posts full abstracts of interesting or potentially controversial articles from a future issue. This 'sneak preview' of a hot article is meant to give you some food for thought and provide you with topic for conversation among colleagues.
When the article is published in print with the March issue, it will be FREE for a period of Two Months, to help the conversation continue in the PRS community and beyond. So read the abstract, join the conversation and spread the word.
This week we present the introduction to "A Process for Quantifying Aesthetic and Functional Breast Surgery: II- Applying Quantified Dimensions of the Skin Envelope to Design and Preoperative Planning for Mastopexy and Breast Reduction" by Tebbetts et al.
A previous submission defined methods to objectively define nipple position and vertical and horizontal skin excess in mastopexy and breast reduction1. This paper defines a set of second stage processes for quantified design and operative planning for skin envelope modification.
A skin envelope modification procedure was designed and quantified based on the quantified amount of vertical skin excess. This process was applied in 124 consecutive mastopexy and 122 consecutive breast reduction cases. Average follow up was 4.6 years (range 6-14 years).
All cases were assessed, planned, and executed applying the processes in this paper. No patient required nipple repositioning. Complications included excessive lower pole restretch (4%), periareolar scar hypertrophy (0.8%), hematoma (1.2%), areolar shape irregularities (1.6%). Delayed healing at the junction of vertical and horizontal scars occurred in two reduction patients (2/124=1.6%), neither of which required revision. Overall reoperation rate was 6.5% (16/246) for patients in the first 5 years of the study, and decreased to 1.6% for patients from year 6 through year 14.

1)This study defines processes for using objectively defined parameters for skin envelope modification in mastopexy and breast reduction.
2)Quantifying desired skin envelope dimensions enables surgeons to objectively quantify vertical skin excess (VSE) and horizontal skin excess (HSE), select envelope modification design and techniques based on those parameters, and evaluate outcomes based on objective clinical measurements in both mastopexy and breast
The full article will be published with the March 2014 issue of PRS, and will be free online for non-subscribers. Until then, we hope this "sneak peek" will pique your interests and start a healthy, meaningful conversation.
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Anureet K. Bajaj, MD is a practicing plastic surgeon in Oklahoma City. She completed residency and fellowship in 2004, had a brief stint in academia at the University of Cincinnati, and then chose to join her father (Paramjit Bajaj MD, also a practicing plastic surgeon) in private practice in OKC, where she focuses on breast reconstruction and general cosmetic surgeries.

Devra B. Becker, MD, FACS, is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed Plastic Surgery residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and completed fellowships with Daniel Marchac and with Bahman Guyuron. She currently has a primarily reconstructive practice.

Henry C. Hsia, MD, FACS is at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and also holds an appointment at Princeton University.  When he’s not working hard trying to be a good father and husband, he runs a practice focused on reconstructive surgery and wound care as well as a research lab focused on wound biology and regenerative medicine.

Stephanie K. Rowen, MD is a senior physician at The Permanente Medical Group in San Jose, California.  She joined TPMG upon finishing residency and a hand surgery fellowship in 2005.  She has a primarily reconstructive practice, about 50% hand surgery.  Outside of work she enjoys participating in triathlons and spending time with her family.

Jon Ver Halen, MD is currently Chief of plastic surgery, Baptist Cancer Center; Research member, Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center; Adjunct clinical faculty, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He also acts as Program Director for the plastic surgery microvascular surgery fellowship. His practice focuses on oncologic reconstruction.

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Adrian Murphy is a plastic surgery trainee in London, England. He studied medicine in Dublin, Ireland and has trained in Ireland, Boston, MA and the United Kingdom. He is a self-confessed geek and gadget aficionado.

Ash Patel, MD is Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and Associate Program Director at Albany Medical College, in Albany NY. His practice is primarily reconstructive.