Therapeutic mammaplasty is a well-established advanced oncoplastic technique for larger tumors in large breasts. However, the larger the breasts are, the greater is the lower outer parenchymal displacement due to weight resulting in relative emptiness in the medial/cleavage part. Therefore, the default practice of excising the medial wing parenchymal component of Wise pattern (WP) incision may either maintain or worsen such anatomy.
We present a technical innovation to improve the standard WP technique: instead of excision, the medial wing of the WP incision is deepithelized, and parenchyma is preserved to retain or augment bulk.
Between July 2015 and December 2018, a total of 16 patients (26 breasts) underwent a medial hemi-mastopexy. This technique seems to be safe, with minimal complications even after radiotherapy.
Although its use is limited in lower inner quadrant tumors, “medial hemi-mastopexy” can be safely applied to cancers located in all the other quadrants and potentially in the cosmetic setting as well. This case series is limited by the small numbers and short follow-up; however, the data show promising results.