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The Management of Anterior Chest Wall Deformity in Patients Presenting for Breast Augmentation

Hodgkinson, Darryl J. F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.(C)

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: April 15, 2002 - Volume 109 - Issue 5 - p 1714–1723
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Anterior chest wall asymmetry is sometimes encountered in patients presenting for consideration of breast augmentation. The chest wall asymmetry or deficiency may be significant enough to consider reconstruction at the same time as breast augmentation in a small number of cases. Customized and prefabricated chest wall implants have been used in a variety of conditions including Poland syndrome, pectus excavatum, and sunken anterior chest. Careful moulage preparation and on-table implant modification are needed to “seat” these implants on the skeletal chest wall under the pectoralis major muscle. The chest wall implant provides a base for the subsequent breast prostheses and fills up a bony deficit that cannot be camouflaged by the breast prostheses alone. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 109: 1714, 2002.)

Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia

From the Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic and Double Bay Day Surgery. Received for publication January 22, 2001; revised August 9, 2001.

Presented for the Faculty at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, in Tokyo, Japan, April 5 through 8, 2000.

Darryl J. Hodgkinson, M.D. 20 Manning Road Double Bay, NSW, Australia

©2002American Society of Plastic Surgeons