No single technique for nipple areola reconstruction best fits every patient and clinical scenario. Many techniques fail to provide long-term projection. One especially challenging cohort are those patients who have undergone bilateral implant-based reconstruction. We developed a modification of the C-V flap reconstruction that increases projection in the bilateral, implant-based reconstruction patient.
All patients who underwent nipple areola reconstruction following implant-based breast reconstruction and who had at least a 12-month follow-up visit were identified. Nipple projection was measured and compared between the 2 groups.
Forty patients were identified. Twelve patients, 23 nipples, underwent the standard C-V flap reconstruction. Twenty-eight patients, 59 nipples, underwent the half-dome modification. Average nipple projection following the half-dome technique is more than twice that of the C-V flap.
The half-dome technique provides a useful alternative modification of the C-V flap in patients with implant-based reconstruction.